Class-A Playoffs Recap: Great Lakes Defeats Clinton For 1st League Title
The Great Lakes Loons, a Los Angeles Dodgers Class-A affiliate, entered Sunday’s game against the Clinton LumberKings, just one win away from capturing their first ever Midwest Championship.
The LumberKings and Loons both added three runs in the second inning and in the fourth, Great Lakes took a 4-3 lead with a run on an RBI single from Saige Jenco.
In the fifth inning, Clinton tied the game at 4-4, when Dalton Kelly launched his first home run in the playoffs. Then in the next inning, Clinton added three more runs, hoping to tie the series at 2-2 and force a Game five, as Chris Mariscal hit a two run home run and a wild pitch put Clinton up 7-4.
But the Loons have been riding high dating back to August 11th, when they put on an amazing run winning 25 of 36 games which also includes the recent playoff run.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Loons went to work and scored five runs pushing ahead of Clinton 9-7, highlighted by bases loaded walks from Darien Tubbs and Jenco, a sac fly by Brendon Davis, and a two-out two RBI double off the bat of Logan Landon to complete the comeback.
The LumberKings rallied for a run in the top of the seventh on a sac fly from Luis Liberato scoring James Alfonso, but that is the closest they would get as Dean Kremer pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, with just one hit and a strikeout to secure the Loons first Midwest title.