LEESBURG, Fla. – The Leesburg Lightning (16-20) and Winter Park Diamond Dawgs (14-19) commence the final week of the regular season tonight with two games at Pat Thomas Stadium – Buddy Lowe Field.
Leesburg and Winter Park will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the resumption of their suspended game from July 12, with the Lightning leading 7-4 in the fourth inning. The two teams will play their regularly scheduled game following the conclusion of the first game.
Having won four of their last five, the Lightning and Diamond Dawgs are both vying for the fifth and final playoff spot. Leesburg is just a half game ahead of the Diamond Dawgs and with the two teams partaking in a three-game series — Tuesday’s game being played in Winter Park — it’ll look to be the most important series of the season for both teams.
“The series with the River Rats was huge but these three games with Winter Park could make or break us,” Head Coach Rich Billings said.
While three straight wins over the Diamond Dawgs would put the Lightning ahead by 3.5 games, three losses would place them 2.5 games out of fifth place.
“These guys know what’s at stake this week,” Billings said. “Nothing really changes, we’ll go out and play our game to the best of our ability.”
Game 1: Lightning Starting Lineup
- A. Simmons – CF
- Bonilla – RF
- Scanlon – 1B
- C. Simmons – 3B
- Long – DH
- Nixon – SS
- Baez – C
- Koenig – LF
- Pagliei – 2B
Lightning are leading the Diamond Dawgs 7-4 in the third inning when play resumes.