Matt Szczur (Lower Cape May Regional) went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and two RBIs for the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) in their regular-season finale Monday, a 4-3 loss to the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers) in the double-A Southern League.

Szczur, who led off and played center field, hit .281 (143-for-509) with 78 runs scored, 44 RBIs and 22 stolen bases on 34 attempts in 128 regular-season games.

On Friday, he was one of 15 players, including four of his teammates, chosen by the Southern League managers, broadcasters and print media for its postseason all-star team.

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The Smokies (76-62) will begin a best-of-five playoff series Thursday at the Birmingham Barons (White Sox).

Darren Ford (Vineland) was 2-for-4, including a double, with a walk for the Indianapolis Indians in their regular-season finale, a 7-5 loss to the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati) in the triple-A International League.

He stole one base and was caught stealing once.

Ford, who led off and played left field, hit .230 (55-for-239) with 19 RBIs, 36 runs scored and 29 stolen bases on 40 attempts in 83 regular-season games. He struck out 56 times, and his on-base percentage was .307. He hit seven doubles, two triples and two home runs.

Indianapolis (80-64) begins a best-of-five playoff series Wednesday at the Durham Bulls (Rays).

A.J. Holland (Holy Spirit) pitched two-thirds of an inning of scoreless relief for the Lynchburg Hillcats (Braves) in their regular-season finale, a 4-3 loss to the Salem Red Sox in the Class-A Advanced Carolina League.

He walked two and struck out one.

Holland finished the regular season 5-9 with a 4.80 ERA in 28 appearances, all but the last five of which were starts. In 120 innings, he allowed 130 hits, walked 59 and struck out 79.

Lynchburg (69-70 overall) begins a best-of-three playoff series Wednesday at the Potomac Nationals.

Scott DeCecco (Middle Township) finished 10-9 with a 4.26 ERA in 27 starts this season.

He made 24 starts for the Clinton LumberKings in the single-A Midwest League before being promoted to the High Desert Mavericks (Mariners) in the Class-A Advanced California League.The left-hander went 1-1 with a 2.55 ERA in three starts after his promotion.

In 150 innings overall, he gave up 153 hits, walked 46 and struck out 92.

Darren Fischer (Cumberland Regional) went 0-3 with a 5.30 ERA in 12 relief appearances this season for the Princeton (W.Va.) Rays in the rookie-level Appalachian League.

In 18 2/3 innings, he allowed 12 hits, walked seven and struck out 17.

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Alexi Colon (St. Augustine Prep) and the Schaumburg (Ill.) Boomers did not play Monday in the Frontier League.

Colon, an outfielder, is hitting .261 with five home runs, 31 RBIs, five triples and 33 runs scored in 78 games.

The Boomers' regular season ends Thursday, and they open the playoffs with a best-of-five series Saturday against an opponent yet to be determined.

Charlie Law (Mainland Regional) is 3-4 with a 3.20 ERA in seven starts for the Rockland Boulders in the Can-Am League.

In 39 1/3 innings, he has given up 39 hits, walked 28 and struck out 21. His last start was Wednesday.


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