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Double-A Playoffs Weekend Recap: Time For The Finals

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EASTERN LEAGUE

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Akron RubberDucks Louis Head – Photo by Gabe Rodriguez/Legends On Deck

Akron RubberDucks 1, Altoona Curve 0

Akron got the pitching they needed to clinch the Sem-Finals of the Eastern League on Sunday night.  It might have taken 10 innings, but the RubberDucks Nick Pasquale and Louis Head combined for a one-hit shutout against the Altoona Curve.  Eric Haase hit the series clinching walk-off single to send Akron to the finals against the Trenton Thunder.

Top Performers

RubberDucks
Mike Papi – 2 for 4, 2B, R
Eric Haase – 1 for 3, RBI
Nick Pasquale – 8 IP, H, 3 BB, 7 K
Louis Head – 2 IP, 0 H, 3 K

Curve
Jin-De Jhang – 1 for 4
Brandon Waddell – 7 IP, H, 2 BB, 5 K

Trenton Thunder 3, Reading Fightin Phils 2

The Fightin Phils made a late push to pull the series within one, but the Thunder’s bullpen wouldn’t allow that to happen.  J.P. Feyereisen and Tyler Jones shutdown the Phils’ bats closing out the best-of-five series.  Dante Bichette Jr. hit his first home run of the postseason and Miguel Andujar added an RBI double for Trenton.

Top Performers

Thunder
Miguel Andujar – 2 for 5, 2B, RBI
Dante Bichette – 1 for 4, R, HR, RBI
J.P. Feyereisen – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 2 K
Tyler Jones – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 3 K

Fightin Phils
Rhys Hoskins – 1 for 4, 2B, R
Victor Arano – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 4K

EASTERN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
Trenton Thunder vs Akron RubberDucks

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

Jackson Generals 8, Montgomery Biscuits 2

The Jackson Generals bats came alive on Saturday night as they defeated the Montgomery Biscuits 8-2, sending the Generals to the Southern League Finals.  Tim Lopes and Tyler O’Neill led the way for Jackson going a combined 5-for-9 scoring four of the Generals eight runs.  O’Neill has been the player to watch in this series and continued to deliver.  Bryan Evans picked up the win for Jackson going six strong innings.

Top Performers

Generals
Tyler O’Neill – 3 for 4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
Tim Lopes – 2 for 5, 2 R, 2B
Ryan Casteel – 1 for 3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
Bryan Evans – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

Biscuits
Patrick Leonard – 2 for 4, R, RBI
Granden Goetzman – 2 for 4, 2B, RBI

Mississippi Braves 4, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2

Connor Lien drove in two runs, Carlos Franco and Mallex Smith each drove in one as the Mississippi Braves clinched the series against the Blue Wahoos.  Lucas Sims got the start for the Braves and kept them in it allowing two runs while striking out six picking up the win.

Top Performers

Braves
Kade Scivicque – 3 for 4
Connor Lien – 1 for 4, 2 RBI
Dustin Peterson – 1 for 4, 2 R

Blue Wahoos
Sebastian Elizalde – 1 for 4, 2 RBI
Barrett Astin – 1.1 IP, BB, 3 K

SOUTHERN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
Mississippi Braves vs Jackson Generals

TEXAS LEAGUE

NW Arkansas Naturals 3, Springfield Cardinals 2

Cam Gallagher‘s walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning sent the Naturals to the Texas League Finals.  Ryan O’Hearn scored the winning run for NW Arkansas after a leadoff walk in the 1oth.  Josh Staumont struck out 11 Cardinals in the no-decision.  Mark Peterson was the pitcher of record picking up his first win of the postseason.

Top Performers

Naturals
Logan Moon – 3 for 4, 2B, RBI
Ryan O’Hearn – 1 for 4, 2 R, HR, RBI

Cardinals
Paul DeJong – 1 for 5, R, HR, RBI

Midland RockHounds 5, Corpus Christi Hooks 2

The Rockhounds held off the Hooks late surge to take the best-of-five series three games to one and head to the Championship.  Yairo Munoz went 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI as did J.P. Sportman to lead the way for Midland.  Ramon Laureano and Drew Ferguson were the brightspots for the Hooks but it just wasn’t enough.

Top Performers

RockHounds
Yairo Munoz – 3 for 4, R, 2B, RBI
J.P. Sportman – 3 for 4, 2B, RBI
Tyler Marincov – 1 for 3, 2B, BB, 2 R, RBI

Hooks
Ramon Laureano – 3 for 4, 2B, RBI
Drew Ferguson – 2 for 5, RBI

TEXAS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
Midland RockHounds vs NW Arkansas Naturals

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