RANDOLPH, NJ- October is the best time of year to watch baseball for one simple reason.  The playoffs begin and bring a whole new level of excitement to baseball.  For Randolph Babe Ruth baseball, the playoffs have just started, and have had their own fair share of excitement.

Wednesday night at Freedom Park the Dodgers and Nationals faced off in a playoff showdown.  Strong pitching and smooth defense was the theme of the night, as both teams did not score a run until the fourth inning.  The Dodgers broke the scoreless tie in the top of the 4th with a base hit by Jake Barbiere scoring Cameron MacHale.  Barbiere struck again in the 6th with a RBI double driving in two runs.  He then proceeded to strike out three batters in the bottom of the seventh to secure the Dodgers 4-0 victory. 

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Dodgers 7 Royals 6:  Barbieres impressive performance is no coincidence.  Two days earlier the Dodgers played the Royals and were down early.  The Royals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning when Paul Rusak tripled, knocking in two runs, and then scored himself on a wild pitch.  The Dodgers came back to take a 4-3 lead, getting key hits on a double by Jake Barbiere that scored Cameron MacHale, and a two run single from Peter Dorizas.  The teams traded the lead until the bottom of the 7th, when Barbiere singled in the winning run with the bases loaded to secure a wild 7-6 victory.

Mets 10 Royals 9:   Playoffs always bring out the best in a competitor.  That’s why close games and upsets are no surprise.  The Mets came into the playoffs at 0-9, with nothing to lose, and got their first win when it mattered most.  In a high scoring affair against the Royals, the Mets fell behind 4-1, but battled back.  Mets third basemen Ryan Daniels drove in three runs in the top of the sixth inning giving the Mets a 10-9 lead they would hold on too.  Bill Combes, Mets manager was very proud of his team “They battled all season and never gave up.”

Mets Pitcher Thomas Ippolito pitched the 6th and 7th innings, recording 5 of the last 6 outs on strikeouts.  Mike Montelbano and Tyler Saurez also pitched well for the Mets.  For the Royals, Garret Ctupi pitched well, and had a double, triple, walk and run scored at the plate.  Frank Zarrello had 3 RBI's on a single and double, while on th emound Brian Meola only gave up 1 run and 1 hit, while getting 2 hits and 2 runs scored himself.

ANGELS 12 Yankees 10:  That wasn’t the only upset of the tournament so far.  The Angels, who won only two games all year, got great hitting up and down their lineup to beat the number two seed Yankees 12 to 10.  RBI hits from Ryan Mulligan, Tyler Volk and Chris murphy helped win the game.

The playoffs have lived up to expectations so far.  Playoffs continue into next week, and with the double elimination format teams will have a second chance to compete.