Carolina League Championship—Game 1—Hillsboro 4, Myrtle Beach 3—12 innings
Hillsboro took the opening game of the Mills Cup with an extra inning win at Myrtle Beach
Hitting Recap: After getting shutout over the first five innings, Myrtle Beach tied the game in the sixth on a RBI single from DH Ian Rice and a sacrifice fly from SS Andrew Ely. Trailing 3-2 in the 11th, LF Charcer Burks led off with a walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by CF Donnie Dewees and scored on 1B David Bote’s fourth hit of the game. RF Jeffrey Baez and Ely both finished with two hits.
Pitching Chart: Erick Leal got the start and lasted five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. The right-hander fanned six in the 79-pitch outing. Daury Torrez was perfect over three innings, retiring all nine hitters he faced, four on strikes. Scott Effross added two more shutout frames but surrendered a solo homer in the 11th. James Pugliese worked the 12th and took the loss, surrendering a leadoff single and a walk. 3B Jesse Hodges fielded a sacrifice bunt but his throw hit the runner at first and allowed the eventual winning run to score.
Pelicans News: RH Jeremy Null is expected to get the ball on Sunday as the Pelicans look to even up the series.
Midwest League Playoffs—West Michigan 4, South Bend 3—10 innings
West Michigan scored in the top of the tenth and eliminated South Bend from the playoffs.
Hitting Recap: Cubs drew first blood in the second when DH Tyler Alamo reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a triple by CF Connor Myers. They upped their advantage to 3-0 in the fourth with three extra base hits with two outs—a triple by 3B Vimael Machin and back-to-back doubles from Alamo and Myers. Cubs had eight hits, two each from Alamo, Machin and Myers.
Pitching Chart: RH Adbert Alzolay blanked the Whitecaps over the first four frames but a dropped pop up by Machin to lead off the fifth opened the door for West Michigan. After an out, three straight hits cut the lead to 3-2. Alzolay issued a walked and a single to start the sixth and handed the ball to LH John Williamson. A sacrifice bunt and a squeeze bunt tied the game at 3-3. Williamson allowed a double to open the seventh and retired the next two hitters before Pedro Araujo was summoned from the bullpen. The right-hander got the final out of the inning but allowed a leadoff single to start the eighth before rain halted play. When play resumed, Araujo returned to the mound and tossed two scoreless frames, fanning four. Jared Cheek walked the leadoff man in the tenth, followed by a sacrifice bunt, the Whitecaps fifth of the game, and a single gave WM a 4-3 lead and the series.
Northwest League Championship—Eugene
Eugene opens the Northwest League championship at Everett on Sunday evening. A starter has not been named but LH Bryan Hudson may get the ball.