And then there were two….
The Midwest League Championship Series is set, South Bend will represent the East and Quad Cities will represent the West.
Fort Wayne pitching coach Burt Hooton had barely reached the dugout steps after talking with pitcher Joseph Ross about what to do with South Bend slugger Brandon Drury with runners at second and third and two out in the fifth inning, when Drury made the TinCaps regret their decision.
Drury swatted a three-run homer that rocketed off of the pro shop’s brick wall behind the left-field fence, sending South Bend on its way to a 9-5 Minor League Baseball victory and the Midwest League’s Eastern Division championship.
The Silver Hawks won the playoff series 2-1 against its Indiana rival. South Bend’s pennant is the seventh in franchise history. It won Midwest League crowns in 1989, 1993 and 2005, and was runner-up in 1990, 2001 and 2008.
Rio Ruiz, Teoscar Hernandez and Carlos Correa ensured that victory for Quad-Cities in the deciding game of the Midwest League Western Division Championship Series was as easy as 1-2-3.
Each belted home runs as part of a power surge which carried the River Bandits to a 9-5 victory over Beloit on Monday at Pohlman Field, sending Quad-Cities to the Midwest League Championships for the second time in three seasons.
The River Bandits matched a season high with 17 hits, including four doubles and two triples in nine in addition to the three homers which came during the game’s first three innings and led Quad-Cities to a 5-0 lead which went untouched as Daniel Minor recorded his second straight six-inning start on the mound.
Note on that article states that this is the eleventh time the Quad Cities franchise has made the MWL Championship Series in 54 years.
Good luck to both.