M-Braves win, but miss playoffs

Published 10:32 am Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Mississippi Braves finished the season with a win and the best overall record in the Southern League. It wasn’t enough to get them into the playoffs.

Kyle Wren scored the go-ahead run on a ground out in the top of the eighth inning Monday to lead the M-Braves to a 2-1 win over Huntsville, but Jacksonville clinched the second-half title in the South Division by beating Mobile 6-5.

Wren went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored, and Kyle Kubitza was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

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Entering the day, Mississippi (44-26 second half, 83-56 overall) needed to win and for Jacksonville to lose to Mobile in order to clinch the final playoff spot in the Southern League. Mobile scored twice in the ninth but stranded the tying run at third base, ending the M-Braves’ chances.

The M-Braves became the first team in Southern League history to finish with the league’s best overall record but not make the playoffs because of the first-half, second-half system.

The playoffs start Thursday. Huntsville will play Chattanooga, while Mobile and Jacksonville will meet again in a pair of best-of-five first-round series. The winners advance to the league championship series.