After an absence of a few days, here is a summary of what happened with the Dutchies in the various play off games of the last days.
After falling behind 2-1 vs the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the High Desert Mavericks won game four, forcing a decisive game five. In game four the Mavs beat the Quakes in a convincing fashion: 13-6. Christopher Garia performed very well in this game, going 3 for 4 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored.
In the rubber game of this series, the Mavericks could not on a 5-4 lead as they surrendered two runs in the ninth inning, to fall 6-5 to the Quakes. Christopher went 2 for 5 in this game, finishing the play offs with the best batting average of his team (.371). Unfortunately, his good performance is not rewarded with a championship ring.
The Quakes will take on the San Jose Giants in the championship series. The Giants with John Polonius in their ranks came back from trailing the Visalia RawHide 2-1 in this series, winning the last two games. In game four, John Polonius got a pinch runner/DH appearance in which he went 1 for 1.
In game one of the California Championship Series, last night, the Quakes clinched a convincing 12-3 victory over the Giants. John Polonius did not see any action in this game.
A Full Season
Already having a 1-0 lead in the Championship Series of the South Atlantic League, the Hickory Crawdads won game two as well, as they topped the Asheville Tourists 3-1. Juremi Profar went 0 for 4 but scored one time after reaching first base safely on a throwing error by the Tourists’ third baseman.
After moving from Hickory to Asheville, the Crawdads entered the ninth inning with a 2-1 lead over the Tourists as they scored three insurance runs to win the game 5-1 and clinching the Sally League title.
Juremi Profar went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
A Short Season
After winning game one vs the Staten Island Yankees, the West Virginia BlackBears beat the New York based team in game two of the best of three series. After the Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth, the BlackBears tied it in the top of the seventh before turning the game around in the ninth inning, as they scored two runs to clinch the New York-Penn League’s title. DH Danny Arribas went 0 for 4 with a strikeout, but at least there is another Dutchie with a championship ring this season.