Myrtle Beach rallies to beat Lynchburg 5-3 and clinches the Carolina League Championship
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - Myrtle Beach rallied from behind with three runs in the seventh to beat the Hillcats and clinch the Carolina League Championship.
Francisco Mejia's two-run homer in the 3rd had given Lynchburg a 3-2 lead. The Pelicans threatened in the fifth, but the Hillcats' Billy Strode struck out Jeffrey Baez to keep Lynchburg ahead 3-2.
It stayed that way 'til the 7th until Mitch Brown's wild pitch allowed Charcer Burks to score and tie the game at 3.
Two batters later, Bryant Flete lines a single to center plating Donnie Dewees and the Pelicans take a 4-3 lead.
Moments later, Yonathan Mendoza's throw home sails high and David Bote scores Myrtle Beach's third run of the inning to make it 5-3.
In the 8th, Dewees robs Mejia of a third hit with a great grab in center.
Lynchburg got the potential tying run on in the 9th, but Ryan O'Neil strikes out Taylor Murphy to seal it.
Pelicans beat the Hillcats 5-3, Myrtle Beach celebrates its second straight Carolina League Championship, Pelicans manager Buddy Bailey wins a title back home in Central Virginia in front of family and friends.
Buddy Bailey, MYRTLE BEACH MANAGER, said "To win it here in the backyard, I've got quite a bit of family and friends here tonight. And couldn't get it done 25 years ago but luckily these guys battled all the way through and the few mistakes they made we took advantage. And our pitching was really, really good throughout the postseason, that's why we're sitting here as champs."
Mark Budzinski, LYNCHBURG HILLCATS MANAGER, said "They outplayed us Dennis this series and they deserved it. They got the big hit when they needed it and they pitched when they had to. We were in the game but we just couldn't get those runs early in which came back to haunt us."