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Monarchs head to playoffs despite loss

AMENIA — The Amenia Monarchs were defeated in a high-scoring game against the Bristol Greeners on Sunday, July 24, the Monarchs’ last game before the playoffs begin. They lost 12-8.Despite the loss of the last game, the Monarchs will still be playing in the playoffs. They secured their place with a 5-4 win over the Terryville Black Sox on Thursday, July 21.On Sunday, the Monarchs hit the only two home runs. The first was hit early in the game by Tommy Moore. The second was hit by Jimmy Robertson.Left-fielder Joe Flynn also made several difficult catches.Still, coach Tom Downey III said, “We didn’t play well today.That’s part of the game. That’s why you play it. Some games you play well and some you don’t.”The coach also said that he knew it would be a high-scoring game because both teams hit well and neither team used their best pitchers.Downey decided to test several pitchers throughout the game because he knew the outcome of the game would not affect the team’s place in the playoffs.The Monarchs are currently 9-9, which is exactly the win-lose ratio that Downey had told the team to aim for at the beginning of the season, he said. The team is 7-2 on their home field.The team will take two weeks off before the playoffs begin on Saturday, Aug. 6. The playoffs will be a round-robin double elimination format. All games will be played on the weekends throughout the month. At the time of deadline, the playoffs schedule was not yet decided.

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