The Leesburg Lightning played 14 games in 13 days to end the regular season. They won seven of their last 10, and won five straight during that time to play themselves into contention and clinch a playoff spot.
The Lightning are heading to the Florida Collegiate Summer League playoffs, but with a little over a week to play in the regular season, things weren’t exactly looking up.
Following a series in which they took two of three from the first place Sanford River Rats — their second straight series win — the Lightning went on a five-game winning streak. The next three days, Leesburg scored 48 runs and absolutely put a damper on the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs season as they swept their three-game series. Not to mention that Harrison Scanlon (Western Kentucky) had perhaps the best day in Florida Collegiate Summer League history. Even though the first half of a doubleheader was played a week earlier, Scanlon finished a doubleheader sweep of the Diamond Dawgs with three home runs and 12 RBI. A day to be remembered.
Even though their five-game win streak was snapped on Wednesday at the DeLand Suns, the Lightning had put themselves into playoff contention and were eager to continue their climb up the Florida Collegiate Summer League standings. They won two of their final five games but had set themselves up as a #4 seed and home field for the play-in game on Tuesday, August 2.
Leesburg will look to ride their late regular season push to a victory on Tuesday as they welcome the #5 Winter Garden Squeeze to Pat Thomas Stadium – Buddy Lowe Field. The winner will move on to play the top seeded Sanford River Rats in a best-of-three game series beginning on Wednesday.