SAL North First Half Champ IronBirds continue to fly high

The Aberdeen IronBirds had a week full of triumph.

After winning the SAL North Division Title to secure their first playoff appearance since 2013, the IronBirds wrapped up their seven-game series with the Jersey Shore BlueClaws, taking five of the seven.

To add to all the excitement of the week, the IronBirds even threw in a no-hitter Saturday to make things even better. As one of the strongest teams in the minors this year, Aberdeen keeps breaking the glass ceiling to new heights.

Davis Tavarez was a significant part of the IronBirds series, as he went 5-for-17 (.294 BA) across the four games he played.

Tavarez’s biggest game came in Sunday’s 7-6 victory, when he went 3-for-4 with a run scored and five RBIs. He would finish a triple short of the cycle, while also hitting his third home run for Aberdeen.

Across 17 games for Aberdeen this season, Tavarez is now batting .328 with three homers and nine RBIs. Playing across three levels this season, Tavarez is batting a combined .243 with six homers and 22 RBIs.

Coby Mayo had a stand-out series, batting .316 to bring his season average up to .241. For the series, Mayo would also hit two homers and pick up four more RBIs.

Mayo’s best game came in Wednesday’s 3-2 victory, when he went 3-for-4 at the plate, hitting a homer while scoring and driving in a run.

On the season, Mayo leads the IronBirds in games (58), at-bats (220), home runs (12), RBIs (41), runs (43) and slugging percentage (.464).

Colton Cowser continued his impressive month with another strong series that saw his season average rise .014 points. On the month, he is hitting .298, and for the series, he hit .381 (8-for-21).

Cowser’s best game came June 16, a 10-4 loss for the IronBirds. In the game, Cowser would go 3-for-5, hitting two doubles with a run, RBI and a stolen base.

For the season, he is batting .258 with four homers, 22 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. Cowser leads the team with 54 hits, 17 doubles and 42 walks.

Pitching wise, this series was more of a team effort, and the stand-out game this week for the IronBirds’ pitching staff came Saturday, a 6-0 victory.

This victory stands out because three pitchers threw a combined no-hitter against the BlueClaws. Peter Van Loon, Daniel Lloyd and Xavier Moore would combine to allow no hits, three walks and nine strikeouts in the victory, which was the second no-hitter in team history.

Van Loon would pick up his seventh victory on the season, pitching five innings and striking out six batters. He moves to 7-0 with a 2.66 ERA in 13 games and has struck out 55 batters across 44.0 innings, while holding the opposition to a .241 batting average.

Lloyd, in only his third game since coming to Aberdeen, would pitch three innings, lowering his ERA to 1.80 since his arrival. He now is 0-1 with a 3.82 ERA across 30.2 innings, with 33 strikeouts across two levels this year.

Moore, who pitched an inning in the no-hitter, dropped his ERA to 2.16 across 15 games this season. In 16.2 innings, he has struck out 26 batters.

Tuesday, the IronBirds will travel to Wilmington to take on the 32-30 Blue Rocks, who sit 10.5 games behind Aberdeen in second place in the North. Aberdeen will look to add to their 24-6 away record and their division lead.

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