'Caps Cruise to MWL Title (9/15 Recaps)

Friday night, the West Michigan offense was going to put nothing up to chance, as they came out swinging, putting up eight runs before Kane County even knew what hit them. Erik Averill was strong as the starter, and the bullpen then held on to clinch the title. Meanwhile, Toledo used the long ball to force a game five for it all on Saturday night.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, ROCHESTER 0
Tied 2-2, Best of Five
The Toledo Mud Hens forced a fifth and final game for the Governor's Cup Championship after a convincing victory over Rochester 6-0 on Friday night. Veteran Brian Boehringer pitched 5.1 strong scoreless innings for the ‘Hens, allowing six hits and striking out one batter in the shutout win. Toledo went deep four times with home runs from David Espinosa, Dustan Mohr, Jack Hannahan, and Mike Hessman, who also chipped in with two RBI's. It all comes down to one game with both teams knotted at two games a piece in the best of five final tonight in Toledo for the International League's Governors Cup Championship.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – END OF SEASON
60-81, 6th in Southern division
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers – END OF SEASON
31-36, 5th in West division
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 8, KANE CTY. 4
3-1 West Michigan wins MWL Championship

The Whitecaps clinched their 4th Midwest League title on Friday night, defeating Kane County 8-4. The Whitecap offense didn't want to leave anything up to chance, so they put up eight runs in the first four innings, staking the club to an impressive 8-0 lead. Erik Averill pitched six shutout innings, and while Jose Fragoso struggled in relief (giving up all four runs), the bullpen was able to settle down and lock the game up, with the 'Caps clinching their 4th ever Midwest League title, and their second in three years. Will Rhymes had four hits and scored two runs for the 'Caps, with Mark Haske and Matt Joyce also driving in a pair of runs. The 'Caps will now head into the offseason celebrating another championship.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – END OF SEASON
40-34, 2nd in Stedler division

Oneonta came up just a few games short of making the playoffs in the Stedler division.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers – END OF SEASON
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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