Erie Captures Division Crown (9/3 Recaps)

On a day when the SeaWolves needed a big game out of someone, Jeff Larish delivered, with a grand slam in the sixth inning. The 'Wolves join the Whitecaps and Mud Hens as division champs, and Oneonta hopes to join that group later this week.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – COLUMBUS 4, TOLEDO 3
82-61, 1st in West division
Toledo took part in another one run contest Monday night, however this time it ended in a loss to Columbus. Chris Shelton had a home run and two RBI for the 'Hens while David Espinosa had a hit and a run. Brent Clevlen added a hit and the other RBI for Toledo who received exceptional pitching from their starter despite the loss. Chris Lambert dazzled on the mound striking out 10 batters in six innings of work, while only allowing one hit, two walks and no earned runs. Aquilino Lopez earned a blown save and a loss in an uncharacteristically bad performance from the pen which resulted in two hits, a home run and two runs. The Mud Hens will take Tuesday off before Dennis Tankersley takes the mound against Durham on Wednesday at Fifth Third Field.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 9, ALTOONA 4
81-59, 1st in Southern division
Jeff Larish hit a sixth inning grand slam to lift the Erie SeaWolves to their first division title since 2001. The 'Wolves won game one 9-4 against the Altoona Curve eliminating the need for a second game. The 'Wolves jumped ahead 2-0 in the first inning as Matt Joyce hit a double that scored Daniel Worth and then scored himself on a passed ball. Jeff Larish broke open a 4-2 game in the bottom of the sixth hitting a grand slam. Larish was 2-for-4 in the game and finished the season with 27 home runs and 101 RBI. Matt Joyce was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI and Michael Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs scored and a RBI. Starting pitcher Dallas Trahern pitched 4 1/3 innings allowing four hits and two earned runs in earning a no decision. Matt Rusch earned the victory pitching 1 1/3 innings and striking out two. The 'Wolves will be off on Tuesday and will begin a best of five series with the Akron Aeros on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. at Jerry Uht Park in Erie. The pitching matchup has not been decided.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – END OF SEASON
24-46, 6th in West division
Lakeland wrapped up the season in last place, not qualifying for the Florida State League playoffs.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – LANSING 12, W. MICH. 3
45-25, 1st in Eastern division

Whitecaps pitching gave up 12 runs to Lansing for the second consecutive day as West Michigan lost their final regular season game 12-3, ending the season on a four game losing streak. Starter Ramon Garcia lasted only 2 2/3 innings, giving up six earned runs (five in the first inning) on seven hits. Lauren Gagnier came on in relief, allowing two earned runs over three innings with five strike outs. Zachary Piccola pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, walking five with two hits for four more earned runs. James Skelton hit a solo homer in the first and singled in Gorkys Hernandez in the third. A Brennan Boesch RBI ground out in the third completed the West Michigan scoring. The 'Caps will have Tuesday off before beginning the first round of the Midwest League playoffs at Lansing on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – TRI-CITY 7, ONEONTA 2
42-30, 1st in Stedler division

Oneonta was able keep the Tri-City ValleyCats' bats quiet for eight innings, unfortunately there was more baseball left to be played. The ValleyCats came back to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by Reinaldo Pestana to knot up the score at 1-1. The Tigers went down in order in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. The Tri-City bats exploded in the tenth, scoring six runs off Luis Gil (1-1, 6.58) and Jose Fragoso (2-4, 3.67) to move the score to 6-1. The Tigers managed to pick up a run in the bottom of the tenth, but it was too late as Oneonta fell to 42-30 on the season. Christopher White led the Tigers with three hits, while Adrian Casanova had two. Tiger starter Sendy Vasquez (6-5, 4.23) went six and a third innings striking out six. The Tigers finish up their four game set with the ValleyCats tonight at 7:00 p.m.
- Cash Kruth, Staff Writer

R GCL Tigers – END OF SEASON
28-32, t-4th in North division

The GCL Tigers ended the season in fourth place, falling outside of the Gulf Coast League playoffs.

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