Published: Tuesday, September 4, 2007
NOTEBOOK \ From Eastwood Field
Batting champ? Despite having not played since Aug. 21, Todd Martin will likely end the season as the Scrappers' leader in home runs (8), RBI (40) and batting average (.360). In fact, Martin leads the New York-Penn League in batting. Braedyn Pruitt of Staten Island entered the day second behind Martin with a .349 average. Even though he will miss the remainder of the season, Martin will have enough at-bats to qualify for the batting crown. The only Scrapper to win a NYPL batting title was Ben Francisco, who in 2002 batted .349.
Farm report: In the Indians' farm system, Kinston finished with the best record in the Carolina League. It opens the playoffs today seeking a third title in four years in class Advanced A. Akron has clinched a playoff berth and it will open its postseason against Erie in the AA Eastern League. AAA Buffalo of the International League was eliminated from the playoff chase Sunday after dropping its record to 75-66.
Name game: The Crosscutters' nickname is a reference to the logging heritage of Williamsport. Located on the west branch of the Susquehanna River, Williamsport was once home to the largest lumber industry in the nation. As a result of the many logging barons who resided along "Millionaires Row" on Fourth Street, Williamsport also was at one time home to more millionaires than any other city in the U.S. In fact, Williamsport High sports teams are known as the "Millionaires."
Negro salute: Monday was Negro League Tribute Day at Eastwood Field. The Scrappers wore Negro League throwback jerseys, and the game was attended by several former Negro League players. Warren resident Ted Toles threw out the first pitch. Toles was a southpaw pitcher, outfielder and switch-hitter for the Pittsburgh Crawfords (1946), Cleveland Buckeyes (1947), Newark Eagles (1947) and Jacksonville Eagles (1949).
Playoff report: Auburn, Brooklyn and Staten Island have clinched playoff spots. The only race still going is in the Stedler Division, where Oneonta entered Monday leading Lowell by two games with six to go. If the playoffs began today, Staten Island would play Brooklyn while Oneonta would battle Auburn.