Trying to keep playoff hopes alive, the Aberdeen IronBirds rose to the occasion Thursday night at Tri-City.
The 'Birds (38-31) shut out the ValleyCats, 7-0, highlighted by great pitching and late display of power hitting.
The win, coupled with Hudson Valley's loss to Vermont, has Aberdeen back to within two games of the Renegades in the New York-Penn League Wild Card race.
The IronBirds will be back in Tri-City tonight (Friday) and Saturday, before coming back to Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium for the final home stand. The 'Birds will battle the Staten Island Yankees Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
In Thursday's win, Aberdeen jumped ahead with two runs in the first and another in the second for the 3-0 lead.