A West Michigan Whitecaps
1-2, Best of 3 series vs. Fort Wayne, Midwest League Quarterfinal
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- After tying the series at a game apiece on Thursday, the Whitecaps season came to an end on Friday, as they fell to Fort Wayne 6-2 in the rubber match of their quarterfinal series. The start of the game was delayed almost two hours due to the storms that moved through the state on Friday evening, but they were able to get the entire game in after the weather cleared.
- Facing the league’s second-best offense, Jonathon Crawford got the start and took the loss, as the TinCaps jumped on the board early and often. Crawford allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits with a couple of walks and three strikeouts. He lasted just 3 1/3 innings before handing things over to the bullpen, which combined to allow just one unearned run the rest of the way. Scott Sitz tossed two perfect innings at the end, with four strikeouts.
- However, the offense couldn’t mount a comeback after falling behind early, managing just five hits. Jeff Holm scored both of the ‘Caps runs, crossing the plate in the fifth and seventh innings, while Dominic Ficociello added a double for the club. The scoring opportunities however were few and far between.
- While the TinCaps advance to the Midwest League semifinals, the Whitecaps season comes to a close, having been crowned division winners in the first half of the season, and finishing the season overall with 82 wins.
SS-A Connecticut Tigers
0-2, Best of 3 series vs. Tri-City, New York-Penn League Semifinal
- Connecticut saw its season come to an end on Thursday night, falling to Tri-City 6-5 and losing their best of three game series in the NYPL semis. The CT-Tigers fell behind early 6-0, and despite a valiant comeback attempt, fell just short. They put up four runs in the sixth, but Derek Hill was caught stealing after driving in two with a two-out single, ending the threat. And he would be the last baserunner the club would have as they went down in order in the final three innings.
- Austin Pritcher got the loss, giving up five runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings of work. He also walked three without recording a strikeout. Gage Smith did toss three scoreless innings of relief, and Gabe Hemmer tossed a scoreless inning as well to keep Connecticut in it until the end.
- In addition to Hill’s two-run single, Franklin Navarro went 3-for-4 with a run driven in, while Ben Verlander added two hits and scored twice. While the club managed 11 hits, all 11 were singles.
- After qualifying for the playoffs in dramatic fashion on Sunday night to earn the NYPL wildcard berth in the postseason, the CT-Tigers season comes to a close in the best of three game series with Tri-City. It was their first postseason appearance in franchise history.