By Ron Rop
Local Sports Journal

The West Michigan Riptide Dirtbags won two games on Friday and earned a spot in the quarterfinals of the AABC Stan Musial North Central Regional at Bailey ParkĀ  in Battle Creek.

The Dirtbags, who are coached by BobĀ  Cavanaugh and Jeff Lindsay, defeated the Kalamazoo Mariners 6-2 and the Battle Creek Merchants 8-4 on Friday.

On Saturday, the Dirtbags, a team made up of college-age players, will tangle with Flint in a 3 p.m. contest at Nichols Field.

A victory in that game would put the Dirtbags into the tournament semifinals against the winner of Saturday’s game between Detroit Jet Box and Lansing Petwick. Those teams will play at 3 p.m. Saturday at Morrison Field.

In the other side of the bracket, the Lombard Orioles and Oswego (Ill.) Cats will play at noon at Morrison Field while the Battle Creek Merchants will play Battle Creek Behnke’s at noon at Nichols Field.

If the Dirtbags reach the semifinals, it would play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Nichols Field. The other semifinal is at C.O. Brown Stadium at 6:30 p.m.

The finals are scheduled for noon Sunday at C.O. Brown Stadium.

The champion advances to the Stan Musial World Series later this month in Port St. Lucie, Fla.