The Malden Braves (15-5) look to close the season strong this week with the final two games of the regular season against the South Shore Cardinals and Quincy Pirates. The team is looking for two big wins to seed them in the number 1 spot for the playoffs which begin next Sunday, August 27th.

The Braves offense this year has been extremely potent with Connor Marr (Greenwich, CT), Andrew Ricci (Waltham, MA), and Grofi Cruz (Bani, Dominican Republic) leading the way. Marr is currently ranked the #1 hitter in the CABL with a .575 average with Ricci right behind him at #2 in the league with a .565 average. Cruz has also added his power to the offense with a .451 average at the plate. The Braves will rely heavily on the “Three Headed Monster" (phrase coined around the league for these three) to make a run at the championship this year.

The pitching this year has been led by Chris DeLouchrey, Tommy Scalisi, and Joseph Attanasio. All three starters have an ERA around 3.00 and will need to continue to perform throughout the playoffs if the Braves want to take home the title. DeLouchrey and Scalisi are both coming off great pitching performances versus the Pepperrell Red Dogs and Southeast Senators and look to remain strong over the next few weeks.

Stay tuned for more updates as the playoffs begin and check into the leagues facebook page for live streams of the games.