Last night a few Dutchies saw action in the various play off series.
The Norfolk Tides forced a decisive fifth game vs the Columbus Clippers. In Columbus the Tides beat the Clippers 6-5.
Sharlon Schoop had a big share in the victory of his team. In the first three innings it looked like Columbus would have an easy night as they took a 4-1 lead. But in the top of the fifth inning Sharlon led off with a double and eventually scored to cut Columbus’ lead in half. In the bottom of that very same inning, Columbus added another run to their score to make it 5-2.
But the Tides refused to give up. Batting lead off again in the seventh inning, Sharlon Schoop hit the ball towards the short stop, who committed a throwing error that allowed Sharlon to reach first base safely and to advance to second.
Eventually Rey Navarro took Sharlon with him accross home plate as he hit a homerun. Eventually, Norfolk scored two more runs in the top of the eighth to clinch the win.
Sharlon went 1 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. In this series he is batting a very respectable .357.
In Rancho Cucamonga, the Mavericks tied the series with the local Quakes. Christopher Garia had quite a big share in his team’s victory. With the score tied at one, Christopher hit a single towards right field with Alberto Triunfel on first, who advanced to third on the hit. Consecutive singles and consecutive walks drove in three runs in that inning; Christopher was one of the players that scored.
A triple hit by Christopher drove in Triunfel in the top of the sixth. Later that inning,Christopher scored a run himself on a single hit by Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Eventually the Mavericks won the game 9-2.
The next two games will be played in Adelanto before the series returns to Rancho Cucamonga (if necessary).
The San Jose Giants felll 1-0 to the Visalia RawHide. John Polonius was brought in as a pinch runner in the top of the ninth as he replaced Aramis Garcia, who had gotten on base with a single. As the next batter struck out for the final out of the game, John didn’t come near scoring a run for the Giants.
A Full Season
Another play off dream of a Dutchie shattered. Despite his good performance in this series, Darren Seferina can go home. The Peoria Chiefs fell to the Cedar Rapids Kernels 4-5 in the final game of the series. Darren went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Darren finished the series with the highest batting average of his team by far: .353. Darren already had a very successful season as he was named best second baseman of the Midwest League. Next to that honor, he was also crowned the MVP of the Midwest League. But one can imagine that he would have liked to earn a championship ring as well.
The West Virigina Black Bears advanced to the New York-Penn League championship series in a very convincing way.
They beat the Williamsport Crosscutters 4-0 in the third game of the play offs. But it took them until the sixth inning to grab a one run lead. In the eighth, they added three insurance runs.
Danny Arribas didn’t have a share in this win as the DH went 0 for 2.