DOUBLE-A SOUTHERN LEAGUE
Huntsville 8, Tennessee 7
(Huntsville wins series 3-2)
Middle infielders Alcides Escobar and Hernan Iribarren combined for five hits and scored two runs as the Stars finished off Tennessee, 8-7 in the best-of-five series.
Huntsville lefthander Steve Hammond wasn’t sharp–allowing five runs on six hits over just four innings–but the Stars’ bullpen was able to hang on for the victory.
Tennessee outfielder Tyler Colvin went 2-for-5 with two doubles to lead the Smokies.
Huntsville, who lost to Montgomery in the SL finals last year, will get a shot at redemption beginning Wednesday.
HIGH CLASS A CALIFORNIA LEAGUE
Lake Elsinore 9, Lancaster 2
(Lake Elsinore leads series 2-1)
Craig Cooper went 4-for-5 and Stephen Farris threw six scoreless innings as Lake Elsinore moved within a win of advancing to the California League championship series. David Freese, Mike Baxter and all homered during a six-run sixth inning that put the game away.
Visalia 6, San Jose 3
(San Jose leads series 2-1)
Catcher Frank Curreri hit a pair of home runs to help Visalia to avoid being swept by San Jose. Hector Ambriz allowed two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings to pick up the win.
HIGH CLASS A CAROLINA LEAGUE
Salem 8, Frederick 4
(Series tied 1-1)
Salem first baseman Mark Ori doubled and drove in two, while second baseman Tim Torres homered and collected three RBIs, as Salem knotted the Mills Cup championship series at 1-1.
HIGH CLASS A FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE
Brevard County 5, Clearwater 4
(Clearwater leads series 2-1)
Brevard County third baseman Mat Gamel doubled and homered in the first two innings on Monday to ensure that Brevard County lives for another day. Gamel helped chase Clearwater starter Zac Stott out of the game in first inning, knocking Stott out after he gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning.
LOW CLASS A SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE
Columbus 5, West Virginia 2
(Columbus leads series 1-0)
The Catfish took Game 1 of the South Atlantic League championship series thanks to a solid outing by righthander Lewis Hollins and a two run double by outfielder John Matulia.
Matulia doubled in the third inning to start the offense.
Columbus then put up a run in the next three frames. Rollins pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits for the win. West Virginia righthander Alexandre Periard gave up all five runs on six hits in six innings for the loss.
SHORT-SEASON NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE
Brooklyn 8, Staten Island 4
(Brooklyn wins series 2-0)
Brooklyn righthander Dylan Owen struck out seven and walked none in seven scoreless innings as the Cyclones defeated the Yankees 3-1 to advance to the championship series.
The Cyclones got on the board in the bottom of the third inning when center fielder Raul Reyes hit an RBI-double, then scored on a single from Ezequiel Carrera.
Auburn 6, Oneonta 0
(Series tied 1-1)
Righthander Marc Rzepczynski overpowered the Tigers, striking out eight and surrendering three hits and one walk through six scoreless innings to lead Auburn to a 6-0 victory.
Righthander Alan Farina came on in relief and was just as dominant, closing out the game with seven strikeouts in three scoreless innings
ROOKIE-LEVEL PIONEER LEAGUE
Great Falls 10, Helena 3
(Great Falls wins series 2-1)
The White Sox put on an offensive showcase in Helena, defeating Helena 10-3 to advance to the championship series.
Second baseman Dale Mollenhauer went 3-for-6 with a double, first baseman Christian Marrero went 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk and rightfielder Andrew Mead went 2-for-5 with a double to fuel the Great Falls offense.