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WATERTOWN — Mother Nature prevented the Watertown Rams from claiming a second straight Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League West Division title.

Monday night’s game against the division co-leader Newark Pilots was canceled after continuous rain made the field at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds unplayable. That kept Watertown 1½ games out of first place behind Newark and Elmira, but with only one regular-season game left to play.

Rams’ co-owner Todd Kirkey was disappointed over the cancellation, but said the team squandered chances to repeat as division champs.

“We kind of put ourselves in this position by not taking advantage of last week’s homestand,” Kirkey said.

Watertown still has an outside shot of placing second and hosting Thursday’s one-game playoff, but would have to beat Adirondack Wednesday on the road and hope Elmira loses its last three games. The Rams, who are off today, own the tiebreaker over the Pioneers by winning the season series, 6-3.

Elmira finishes up with home games tonight versus Adirondack and a 5:05 p.m. Wednesday doubleheader against Mohawk Valley. Newark is at Utica for a 7 p.m. contest before hosting Glens Falls at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Rams own a 3-1 road records against the Pilots and the Pioneers.

Kirkey said the pitching staff makes the Rams a threat in the postseason.

“Our pitching will give us a chance,” Kirkey said. “I’m optimistic.”

The division-winner would have Thursday off before hosting the winner of the first-round series in game one of a best-of-three game series Friday night.

In the PGCBL East, Albany clinched the last playoff spot after both the Dutchmen and Glens Falls had doubleheaders rained out. Mohawk Valley will host Albany on Thursday in the East’s one-game playoff with the winner facing the two-time defending champion Amsterdam Mohawks in a best-of-three game series.

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