The Midland Rockhounds punched their ticket to the Texas League finals with a 5-4 win over the Frisco RoughRiders on Saturday. Midland will take on the Tulsa Drillers for the league championship next week.
Midland took advantage of some shoddy Frisco defense and made some good defensive plays of their own in the win. Frisco committed three errors in the game, leading to three unearned runs. RockHounds' left-fielder Kent Matthes threw a runner out a home and Matt Chapman had another outstanding game with the glove at third. Catcher Blake Forsythe injured his leg during the play at the plate that earned Matthes the assist.
The RockHounds had only three hits, but they walked five times. Jeremy Barfield had one of those three hits (a double) and he walked three times. Max Muncy had a solo homerun in the first and Conner Crumbliss had a sacrifice fly.
Shawn Haviland got the start. He allowed three runs in four innings. Deryk Hooker took over in the fifth and earned the win with 2.2 innings of relief. He allowed a run on three hits and two walks. Frank Gailey tossed a scoreless inning. Ryan Dull had a scoreless third of an inning before Jose Flores picked up his third save of the series with a scoreless ninth.
The championship series will begin on Tuesday in Tulsa. Game Three and Games Four and Five (if necessary) will be in Midland.
Video of Matt Chapman squeezing the final out of the game.