Burlington 2, Cedar Rapids 1 (Burlington wins the best-of-three series 2-0)
Burlington completed their second straight series sweep with a 2-1 victory over Cedar Rapids on Sunday. Bees starter Luis Cota (1-0) combined with LHP Brandon Sisk shut down the Kernels bats. Cota allowed just three hits and one run, striking out seven. Sisk then came in to throw two hitless, scoreless innings and strike out four. The Bees now await the winner of the South Bend/Dayton series in the Midwest League Championship Series that will begin on Tuesday or Wednesday.
South Bend 5, Dayton 2 (South Bend leads best-of-three series 1-0)
The Silver Hawks used a three-run seventh, sparked by two Dragon errors, to take the lead and win game one of their best-of-three Eastern Division Championship Series with Dayton 5-2. The Dragons got off to a good start as Brandon Warring homered to lead off the second and give them the lead the second, they would add another in the third. However, the lead would not last long as the Silver Hawks got solo-homers from Ryne White and Matt Oxendine in the fourth and fifth to tie the game up at two. Righthander Jeff Dietz (1-0) got the win in relief (2 IP, 0 R) for the Hawks and righthander William Spottiswood closed it out (2 IP, 0 R). The series continues Monday night at South Bend at 6:30 CST with the winner of the series moving on to play for the Midwest League Championship against Burlington.
South Atlantic League
No Games Scheduled
West Virginia at Augusta 9/8/2008 South Atlantic Lead Championship, Best-of-Five
West Virginia defeated Lake County two games to one to win the series.
On Friday night West Virginia blew out Lake County 10-0 to tie their best-of-three series at one game apiece. The Power were led by Caleb Gindl (3-for-4, 2R), Zealous Wheeler (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI), and Lee Haydel (2-for-4, HR). Power righthander Evan Anundsen (1-0) had all the offense he needed and some as he went seven allowing only three base runners and striking out six.
On Saturday night West Virginia closed out the series with a 4-1 win at Lake County. Zelous Wheeler (2-for-3, RBI) and Curt Rindal (1-for-4, 2 RBI) led the Power offense in the victory driving in three runs in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie and give West Virginia the win. West Virginia moves on to play Augusta for the South Atlantic League Championship.
Augusta defeated Asheville two games to none to sweep the series.
One night after getting another outstanding start from lefty Madison Bumgarner the GreenJackets staff did not miss a beat as lefthander Scott Barnes (1-0) shut down the Tourists allowing just one hit and striking out seven in seven innings. Nick Noonan provided an offensive spark with a solo-homer in the eighth to seal the win and the series. Augusta will face West Virginia in the South Atlantic League Championship.