TODD Isaacs Jr and the New Jersey Jackals also hope to reverse their fortunes in the East Divison of the Frontier League. Photo: New Jersey Jackals Twitter/@JackalsBaseball
ANFERNEE Seymour and his Charleston Dirty Birds moved into sole possession of 2nd place in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball’s South Division. Photo: Charleston Dirty Birds Twitter/@dirtybirdscwv
#By RENALDO DORSETT
#Tribune Sports Reporter
#BAHAMIAN players in independent baseball are making a second-half playoff push with their respective clubs.
#Anfernee Seymour and his Charleston Dirty Birds have moved into sole possession of second place in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball’s (ALPB) South Division.
#A five-game win streak has improved Charleston’s second-half record to 9-9, trailing only the 14-3 Gastonia Honey Hunters.
#At the halfway point of the 132- game schedule earlier this month, the teams with the best records in the league’s North (Southern Maryland Blue Crabs) and South (Honey Hunters) Divisions clinched playoff berths.
#The Dirty Birds finished fourth in the division in the first half of the season at just 26-40.
#In the second half, the league division standings reset and clubs will compete for second-half titles and the final two playoff berths.
#The ALPB is an official MLB Partner League based in the Mid- Atlantic and Southeastern United States.
#In his debut season with the Dirty Birds, Seymour leads the club with 17 stolen bases and 15 doubles.
#He also ranks second on the team with 41 runs scored and has a .251 batting average, 58 hits, slugging .372 with a .308 OBP. He also has a .680 OPS with three home runs and 25 RBI.
#Seymour opened his 2022 season on a high note with a solo home run in his Dirty Birds debut. “This will be our most exciting season to date,” said Atlantic League president Rick White.
#“We will field our largest number of clubs, welcome a team in New York City, and have two teams sharing a ballpark in Kentucky.
#“But perhaps one of the things we are most excited about is a return to our traditional season timeframe.”
#Todd Isaacs Jr and the New Jersey Jackals also hope to reverse their fortunes in the East Divison of the Frontier League.
#After winning two of three against the Windy City Thunderbolts, the Jackals improved to 29-40, 3.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the division (Sussex County Miners at 33-27)
#The top three teams in both the East and West divisions will qualify for the playoffs.
#Isaacs Jr is in his second season with the Jackals.
#Isaacs Jr leads the club and ranks fourth in the league with 22 stolen bases and is 10th in the league with a 337 batting average.
#Through 48 games he has 69 hits, including nine home runs, 34 RBI, scored 44 runs, and is slugging .517 with a .370 OBP.
#Like Seymour, Isaacs also got off to a quick start to the season when he finished with three hits, one home run, and four RBI as the Jackals took 2-3 games over the Evansville Otters in Evansville, Indiana on opening weekend.
#The Frontier League is the largest league in all of independent professional baseball. It includes teams in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and Eastern Canada.
#Last year it merged with the American Association and the Atlantic League to become an official MLB Partner League.