Cheryl Pursell

The Reading Fightin Phils are a game away from an Eastern League Championship

Jake Thompson and the Reading Fightin Phils offense combined for a one-two-punch to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern League Championship. Reading can lock up the league championship with a win Friday night in Bowie.

Jake Thompson allowed just one run over seven innings of work for Reading, collecting his second win of the postseason in the Fightins 9-3 win over the Bowie Baysox Thursday night at Prince George's Stadium.

J.P. Crawford got the scoring started in the top of the third inning with a sacrifice fly off Baysox starter Chris Lee. K.C. Serna had singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on an error by Lee and then wound up on third on a groundout by Nick Williams. An inning later Harold Martinez doubled to drive in Cameron Perkins and Dylan Cozens to stretch Reading's lead to 3-0.

In the fifth, Reading would again put a run on the board on a solo home run by Nick Williams, which chased Lee from the game. An inning later, Reading would score for the fourth straight inning. Williams delivered an RBI single and Andrew Knapp doubled to score both Serna and Williams. Brock Stassi and Angelo Mora also drove in runs to make it 9-0 Reading.

Quincy Latimore got Bowie on the board with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.

When Thompson exited after seven innings, Reinier Roibal threw a shutout eighth. Stephen Shackleford came on in the ninth and gave up a solo home run to Tucker Nathans and also allowed an unearned run that scored on an error by Crawford.

Game Four of the series is in Bowie Friday night. Reading will have Ben Lively on the mound, while Bowie counters with David Hess.

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