Pelicans win opener

Victor Caratini’s RBI single in the 10th gave Myrtle Beach a 3-2 victory in the opening game of the Carolina League championship series.

Carolina League Championship—Game 1—Myrtle Beach 3, Wilmington (Royals) 2

In the Box: C Victor Caratini had three hits in the win but none bigger than his bases-loaded RBI single in the 10th to score 2B Daniel Lockhart, who led off the frame with a double. After Chesny Young drew a walk and CF Pin-Chieh Chen sacrificed the runners over, the Blue Rocks walked RF Jorge Soler to load the bases. Caratini ripped a single to right to score the winning run......After five scoreless frames, the Pelicans took the lead in the sixth when Soler doubled home Chen and LF Mark Zagunis followed with a RBI single to left. Pelicans collected ten hits, two from Chen. Soler finished 1-for-4 with 3 K and a walk.

Pitching Chart: Jen-Ho Tseng didn’t have eye-popping stats like last year in the MWL but the right-hander came up big in the opening game of the finals. The 20-year-old from Taiwan gave up a solo homer in six innings of work. He allowed three hits, walked one and fanned four in the 83-pitch outing. Game score 65......LH Michael Heesch only faced three hitters in the seventh—leaving after 14 pitches—allowing a hit and a walk. It was his second straight rough playoff outing, getting charged with two runs and not retiring a hitter in game two of the semi-finals against Winston-Salem......Josh Conway uncorked a wild pitch to move both runners in scoring position, coaxed a groundout to second with the infield in for the second out, and recorded a strikeout on a 3-2 pitch to end the threat. Conway allowed a leadoff walk to start the 8th but got the next three hittesr. Conway has tossed 2.2 scoreless frames in the playoffs.....Closer Jasvir Rakkar faced three hitters, giving up two singles sandwiched between a walk to load the bases with no outs......David Berg got a grounder for a force at home for the first out and coaxed a double play grounder to second but SS Gleyber Torres didn’t cover the bag and by the time Lockhart ran to second for the force and threw to first, it was too late and the Blue Rocks tied the game at 2-2. A grounder to second ended the ninth and sent the game to extra innings. Berg worked a 1-2-3 tenth to earn the win.

Pelicans News: Tyler Skulina gets the start in Game 2 on Monday night in Wilmington with first-pitch at 6:35 p.m. EST.

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