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Wood Ducks staff working hard for start of postseason

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KINSTON, Lenoir County - The Down East Wood Ducks staff were working overtime Tuesday. That wasn't such a bad thing, though.

The Wood Ducks made a dramatic stretch to end the season and make the Carolina League playoffs. Now the team is set to host its first-ever playoff game on Wednesday. And though they are 21 games below .500 and 18.5 games out of first place overall, it's that second-half push that has the team in the postseason and thinking big things. It's the calm before the storm at Grainger Stadium. It's a storm that, by many accounts, wasn't supposed to happen. "I mean it says a lot for the team and the coaches and everything else," said Wade Howell, Wood Ducks general manager. After beating the Buies Creek Astros on Monday in a special playoff game, the Wood Ducks are now getting ready to host Myrtle Beach Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Game 1 of their playoff series.Game 2 is Thursday at 7 p.m. If it rains either day, the playoff dates will be moved up one day. Tickets are hot off the presses and fans are ready to enjoy the postseason trip, no matter how long it lasts. "The field itself got voted as the best field in the Carolina League, so its really well maintained," Howell said. "It's kind of ready to go already."

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