Bradenton made quick work of St Lucie in the first round of the Florida State League playoffs on Wednesday night. They now move on to the finals and a chance at their first FSL title. Altoona looked like they were on the way to a win in the first game of the Eastern League playoffs last night, but they turned a late 7-3 lead, into a 12-8 loss.

Bradenton got a little help from the other playoff series between Dunedin and Tampa. It took 13 innings to decide a winner on Tuesday night in game one of that series. The second game went 15 innings last night, and now those teams have to play again tonight, while the Marauders have the day off. Another plus is that the first game of the finals is in Bradenton, so even though the Marauders don't have the home field advantage, they will definitely...

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