Eugene Emeralds

Ems win Northwest League title and Myrtle Beach moved closer to its second straight league championship

Eugene captured it first NWL title since 1975 while Myrtle Beach blanked Lynchburg in Game 3 of the Mills Cup.

Not only did Eugene post the best winning percentage in the minors this season (54-22 .711) they capped off their 2016 campaign with a Northwest League title, beating Everett two games to one. Congrats to the Ems.

Northwest League Finals—Game 3—Eugene 2, Everett 1

Yeiler Peguero’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth provided the Ems with the winning run and their first NWL title since 1975.

Hitting Recap: Ems only had six hits in the title game and took a 1-0 lead in the second. 3B Wladimir Galindo led off with a single and reached second on a walk. With two outs, LF Kevonte Mitchell ripped a RBI single to left to score Galindo. After the Aqua Sox tied the game in the top of the fifth, Mitchell reached on a single to left. RF Robert Garcia grounded into a force out and took third on a single from CF Darryl Wilson. Yeiler Peguero then laced a line drive to left to score Garcia and give the Ems a 2-1 lead. Mitchell finished 2-for-3 and hit .300 during the playoffs to lead the Ems.

Pitching Chart: Manuel Rondon managed his way through the first two frames but ran into trouble in the third with a single and his only two walks of the night, loading the bases. A 4-6-3 double play ended the threat and he worked a 1-2-3 fourth. In the fifth, Everett tied the game with a two-out single but LF Kevonte Mitchell gunned down the go-ahead run at home to keep the game tied. Rondon got credit for the win and finished the night with a line of 5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB 3 K. The Ems bullpen shut the door. Duncan Robinson tossed two scoreless frames and Michael Knighton worked around a walk in the eighth. Wyatt Short notched his second save of the playoffs with a 1-2-3 ninth, including a ground ball to short that started the celebration.

Carolina League Finals—Game 3—Myrtle Beach 7, Lynchburg 0

Pelicans took a 2-1 series lead behind the arm of Trevor Clifton and the red-hot bat of David Bote.

Hitting Recap: Myrtle Beach took a 1-0 lead in the first when LF Charcer Burks led off with a double and scored on David Bote’s double, his fourth of the playoffs and his eighth RBI. 2B Bryant Flete tripled with one out in the third and trotted home on a fly ball to right from Burks. Myrtle Beach blew it open in the sixth as Burks and CF Donnie Dewees singled to lead off the inning. After two outs and runners on second and third, a wild pitch scored Burks and Dewees crossed home on a throwing error by the catcher. Ian Rice walked and scored on a triple from RF Jeffrey Baez. They added two more in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Dewees and RBI double by Bote, who finished 2-for-4 with two RBI. Baez, Burks and Dewees all collected two hits.

Pitching Chart: Trevor Clifton cruised through the first three frames before surrendering a leadoff double in the fourth. A strikeout, a ground out to third, a wild pitch and his third punchout of the game on a 96 mph fastball ended the threat. Clifton retired the final nine hitters he faced and finished with a line of 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. Tommy Nance set five down on strikes in two scoreless frames and Scott Effross worked the ninth to preserve the shutout.

Pelicans News: Preston Morrison and Pelicans look to close out the series on Wednesday night at Lynchburg.


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