Whitecaps keep rolling, top South Bend 13-1

While the Michigan Wolverines went into South Bend on Saturday and suffered a tough defeat, the Whitecaps went in, and are coming home in a bit of a different situation, as the Eastern division champions. A huge day at the plate coupled with a solid pitching effort from Daniel Zell won the game and the series for the 'Caps.

This time around, the Whitecaps didn't need a great effort from their starter, as the offense exploded in the 5th inning, putting up 7 runs.

But, despite the fact that this wasn't destined to be another one-run game (as has been the story in most of West Michigan's playoff games), they still got another solid start, this time from Daniel Zell.

Zell only pitched the necessary 5 innings, over that time giving up a run on 4 hits, including 2 walks and a strikeout. Jermy Rodriguez, Kenon Ronz and Brian Rogers pitched the final 4 innings, allowing just a pair of hits.

Almost everyone had a big game at the plate. Juan Francia, Kelly Hunt and Garth McKinney all had Home Runs. Danilo Sanchez also had a big game, going 2-for-6 with 3 RBI. Vincent Blue chipped in with 3 hits and 2 RBI, while Kody Kirkland had a pair of hits and 3 runs.

The Whitecaps now head to the Midwest League finals to try and claim the Midwest League championship. They have Monday off, before heading to Kane County to start the series off. The first 2 games will be played at Kane County, then the series will head back to West Michigan, where they will finish off the best-of-5 series. Virgil Vasquez, who started off the playoffs pitching a gem, will probably be the game 1 starter for West Michigan.


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