Ipswich set up second place battle with Redsox
THE Ipswich Musketeers have set up an all-important finish to the Major A League season.
After a tight 3-2 loss to Redcliffe on Friday night, the Musketeers rallied to a 7-0 victory in the second game today.
The 1-1 split with the Padres now pits Ipswich up against Carina in a battle for second place when the two sides meet this weekend for the final round of the season.
Ipswich Musketeers club president Jon Campbell said the visitors showed their experience to bounce back and claim the win against a youthful Redcliffe outfit.
"We didn't play to the best of our ability on Friday,” Campbell said. "We didn't play badly but they are a young side and if you give them a chance they can surprise you.
"The guys showed their composure to come back a get the win.”
Determined to secure a top-two finish, Ipswich may have to play a catch-up game with last year's premiers Windsor.
With a position on the ladder determined by win percentage, Campbell said the club was waiting to find out from officials if the make-up game would go ahead on March 24.
"We couldn't come to an agreement with Windsor at the time so we said we'd play later on if the game meant anything,” he said.
"Carina and a few of the others will be wanting it to go ahead but Windsor and us wouldn't really want it.
"Pine Hills are also trying to get their catch-up games in so they could make a play for fourth.
"I don't think it will happen but they are a dangerous team if they could sneak in.”
After this weekend's results Ipswich are guaranteed a third place finish and a home semi-final.
However if the Musketeers can defeat Carina in their two games this weekend, Ipswich are a chance of securing a semi-final against Windsor.
"The way it is at the moment we can't get knocked out of third and if we win the next two we take second,” Campbell said.
"We'd like to finish second and have that second chance in the finals.
"Worst case scenario though is we finish third and get a home semi. We're pretty settled at home, especially on a Sunday.”
Friday: Redcliffe Padres 3 def Ipswich Musketeers 2 at Redcliffe.
Sunday: Ipswich Musketeers 7 def Redcliffe Padres 0 at Redcliffe.