'Wolves, L-Tigers Keep Battling (8/31 Recaps)

Neither Lakeland or Erie will be battling in the postseason this year, but that hasn't stopped either team from competing, as they both picked up wins on Thursday, with the help of Kody Kirkland and Jeff Frazier. Meanwhile, Toledo is having games cancelled left and right because of heavy rains.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – CCLD: RAIN
74-64, t-1st in West division
Toledo's games with Charlotte on Thursday were cancelled because of rain. Toledo moves on to start a series with Columbus at 7:25pm on Friday evening.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 4, TRENTON 3
59-78, 6th in Southern division
It took some late effort from the offense, but Erie was able to get a 4-3 win on Thursday night. Lance Davis gave up two runs (one earned) as the starter, but Ian Ostlund would get the win in relief, despite losing the lead in the 8th inning. After Trenton tied the game up at 3, Brent Clevlen led off the bottom half with a single, and eventually came home on a ground rule double from Kody Kirkland. Kirkland went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Chris Maples and Kelly Hunt also had solo home runs. Erie hosts Akron on Friday night at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers – LAKELAND 7, TAMPA 3
31-34, 5th in West division
The L-Tigers may not be able to get back to the FSL playoffs, but they're within shouting distance of .500, which might be the club's goal to close out the year. They moved a game closer on Thursday with a 7-3 win over Tampa. Kevin Ardoin gave up two runs over five innings, and when Lakeland scored three runs in the 6th inning, Ardoin was in line for the lead, until Anthony Tomey gave up a run in the 7th to tie the game back up. The game would remain tied and head into extra innings, where Lakeland's offense put up a four spot, including a two run homer from Jim Essian, to lock up the game. Brent Dlugach and Jeff Frazier both went 2-for-4, scoring two runs and driving in two more. Lakeland and Tampa face off again on Friday at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps –W. MICH. 4, LANSING 3
44-22, 1st in Eastern division

Burke Badenhop got the start, but Anthony Claggett got the win in the ‘Caps 4-3 triumph over Lansing on Thursday. Badenhop gave up two runs over five innings before handing the game over to the bullpen down 2-1. The ‘Caps were down 3-1 going into the bottom half of the ninth inning, but then the ‘Caps put up three runs, including the game winning single from Cameron Maybin, that drove in the tying and go-ahead runs. Dusty Ryan also had a pair of hits for West Michigan, including the single that got things started in the ninth. The ‘Caps kick off their final series of the regular season on Friday in Dayton at 7:00pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ABERDEEN 2, ONEONTA 1
36-31, 2nd in Stedler division

Oneonta pushed the game into extra innings on Thursday night, but Aberdeen put up two runs in the tenth to win 2-1. Cristhian Martinez started and pitched six shutout innings, but left the game with the game knotted up at 0. Derek Witt took the loss, giving up two runs in his lone inning of work. Oneonta tried to respond in the home half, and Ryan Strieby's solo home run got them within a run, but that was the only hit they managed. That was one of just four hits the O-Tigers managed all night. They finish up with Aberdeen on Friday at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

32-18, 1st in North division

The GCL Tigers closed the season as North division champs, but fell in the playoffs to the GCL Dodgers.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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