Caps Snag Eastern Division Crown (9/9 Recaps)

The 'Caps clinched the Eastern Division crown on Sunday, topping South Bend once again with the help of Charlie Furbush and James Skelton. Meanwhile, Oneonta got their playoff run started with a win in a pitcher's duel.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – END OF SEASON
Durham Wins Series 3-0
The Mud Hens lost in the opening round of the Governor's Cup playoffs, bringing their season to a close.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – END OF SEASON
Akron Wins Series 3-1
The Erie SeaWolves lost the series with the Akron Aeros and the season is now over.
- 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 – W. MICH. 6, S. BEND 5
West Michigan Win Series 2-0

The Whitecaps are Eastern Division Champions in the Midwest League after defeating South Bend Sunday 6-5. James Skelton delivered the go-ahead hit, a two run double in the fourth inning to put the Whitecaps up 6-4. The game had just been tied with Skelton at the plate, when Silver Hawks starting pitcher Chase Christianson threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded, allowing Brandon Timm to score from third. South Bend jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the third on four straight singles and a two out double off of Charles Furbush. West Michigan came back with three in the bottom of the inning on a two out rally. With the first two batters retired, Skelton singled followed by a Scott Sizemore walk. Jeramy Laster then doubled in Skelton, followed by a Brennan Boesch single that scored two more. Things got dicey in the seventh when an RBI force out brought South Bend within one and put runners at the corners with only one out. The Whitecaps got out of the jam on a strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play, as Phil Napolitan struck out Daniel Perales and Skelton gunned down Taylor Harbin at second. Brett Jensen held them off in the ninth for his second post-season save. West Michigan will open the best-of-five Midwest League Championship Series against Beloit at home starting Tuesday. Jonah Nickerson is scheduled to start with a game time of 7:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 1, AUBURN 0
Oneonta Up 1-0, Best of Three Series

Oneonta and Auburn opened up the 2007 playoffs with an old fashioned pitcher's duel that didn't end until the bottom of the 11th. Casper Wells and Christopher Carlson led off the inning with a pair of singles, and the Doubledays intentionally walked Ron Bourquin to load the bases. Nathan Melek came into replace Michael Barbara, while the Tigers sent Michael Sullivan to pinch hit for Cory Middleton. Sullivan delivered with a single to left field to give the Tigers a 1-0 victory and a 1-0 lead in the series. Tiger starter Jonathan Kibler (0-0, 2.38) went eight innings for Oneonta, allowing one hit and striking out nine. Eric Crichton (4-0, 1.56) pitched two and two thirds scoreless innings, while Rudy Darrow (4-3, 2.41) got the final out in the eleventh to register the win. Wells had two hits for the Tigers, while Carlson and Peter White each had two. The Tigers look and Doubledays face off tonight at 7:00 p.m. as Oneonta looks to advance to the championship round of the New York Penn League playoffs.
- Cash Kruth, Staff Writer

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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