Bradenton -- The Bradenton Marauders (31-36) dropped their season finale 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at McKechnie Field at the hands of the St. Lucie Mets (34-33). The Marauders ended the season with six consecutive losses and missed the playoffs for the first time in team history.
St. Lucie opened the scoring with two unearned runs against Casey Sadler (L, 4-6) in the second inning. Sadler pitched the first five innings, allowing three runs but only one earned. Robbie Shields homered in the fifth for St. Lucie.
The Marauders were stifled by Erik Goeddel (W, 5-6) for seven innings. The righty struck out eighth. Bradenton's only run came across in the fifth after a two-base error put Justin Howard in scoring position to start the inning. Howard scored on an RBI-ground out by Dan Grovatt.
Emmanuel De Leon pitched three scoreless innings in his third Marauders' appearance, striking out four batters in the process. Josh Poytress recorded three straight outs in the ninth on the hill. Adam Kolarek collected his 18th save for St. Lucie.
The Marauders finished the season with an overall record on 60-77. The Mets will participate in the Florida State League playoffs for a second straight season, facing Jupiter on Tuesday to begin the Division Series.