Matt Szczur (Lower Cape May Regional) went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored for the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) in a 7-4 loss to the Birmingham Barons (White Sox) on Monday in the deciding game of their best-of-five playoff series in the double-A Southern League, ending the Smokies’ season. He hit .316 with four RBIs in the series.

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Alexi Colon (St. Augustine Prep) went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk for the Schaumburg (Ill.) Boomers in a 9-8 10-inning victory over the Florence Freedom in Game 3 of their best-of-five Frontier League playoff series on Tuesday. With the win the Boomers swept the series and move on to the Frontier League Championship Series.

A graduate of Penn State University, I worked at the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland, before joining The Press in 2013.