Thursday, September 17, 2009

Will Smith's season ended on a high note, despite losing to Burlington in the final playoff game

September 17th, 2009

California League Playoffs
Rancho Cucamonga 6, High Desert 11 - High Desert wins series 3-2

Romine: 2-5, 2 singles, K
Moore: 1-3, single, BB, K
Brossman: 2-4, HR, single, 2 RBI
Estrella: 1-3, double, K
Fuller: 3-4, double, 2 singles, 2 RBI
Rosario: 1-3, single

The Quakes had a tremendous run going 4-3 in the playoffs, falling just one game shy of the Cal League Championship series.

Midwest League Playoffs
Burlington wins series 3-2

A two run home run by Jason Taylor in the top of the first inning was all the Burlington Bees would need as they defeated the Cedar Rapids Kernels by the score of 2-1 in the decisive game three of the MWL Western Division Finals. Burlington will advance to play Fort Wayne in the MWL Championship series starting Tuesday.

The Kernels scored their run in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI groundout by Alexi Amarista to score Matt Crawford. The Kernels out hit the Bees 8-4, but stranded 11 runners in the game and were 1-14 with runners in scoring position. Tyson Auer went 3-5 and Darwin Perez was 2-3 as Crawford went 1-4 with a triple and Angel Castillo was 1-2 with a double, two walks and two stolen bases.

Kernels starter Will Smith (0-1) pitched a great game, allowing three hits and striking out nine over 8 IP with his only mistake the two run homer in the first inning. Reliever Nick Pugliese allowed a hit and struck out one over an inning of relief. Burlington starter Ivor Hodgson (2-0) allowed a run on four hits, walked four and struck out three and Blaine Hardy allowed a hit and struck out one over 1.1 innings for his second save of the series.

Pioneer League Playoffs
Orem 6, Missoula 7 - Missoula leads the series 1-0

Ramos: 2-3, triple, single, RBI, 2 HBP
Baird: 3-4, 3 singles, RBI, BB
Wing: 3-5, 3 singles, RBI, K
Bass: 2-3, 2 doubles
Missoula leads series 1-0

Orem and Missoula will face-off in game two of the series Friday night at 7:05 p.m. from Ogren Park in Montana. The game may be heard live at with the Voice of the Owlz Matt Gittins.
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