One team bowed out, but another was able to strike first in the next round.
Texas League South Division Series: Midland 5, Corpus Christi 2
Midland wins series 3-1.
W- Brandon Mann
L- Cy Sneed
CC home runs: None.
The Hooks couldn't really get much of anything on offense despite recording 9 hits.
Ramon Laureano finished 3-4 with a double and spoiled the shutout with an RBI single in the 8th, and Drew Ferguson, who went 2-5, hit an RBI single in the 9th. Corpus had something brewing in that 9th inning, but they left the bases loaded to end the game.
Cy Sneed went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Kyle Smith allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in 3 innings, and Kevin Comer allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 in a scoreless 8th.
With the Hooks' season coming to an end, Lancaster is the last team standing in the Astros' minor league system.
California League South Division Final: Lancaster 6, High Desert 4
Lancaster leads series 1-0.
W- Albert Abreu
L- Shane McCain
S- Andrew Thome
Lancaster home runs: Osvaldo Duarte (2, 2-run in 6th)
The JetHawks matched each of the Mavericks' scoring innings and then took control with 3 runs in the top of the 8th to strike first in the South Division final.
High Desert opened the scoring with a run in the 2nd, but one half-inning later, Lancaster got on the board with an RBI infield single from Myles Straw. The Mavericks scored 2 in the 5th, and Osvaldo Duarte provided the answer with a 2-run homer in the 6th.
Straw and Johnny Sewald both walked to lead off the top of the 8th, and Duarte joined them on the bases by beating out a bunt single. Bryan Muñiz took advantage and came through with a 2-run single to give the JetHawks a 5-3 lead. One batter later, Trent Woodward added an RBI single. Duarte and Woodward both finished with 2 hits on the evening.
Elieser Hernandez went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Albert Abreu tagged in for 2.2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 3. Andrew Thome retired all 4 Mavericks he faced to secure the victory.
Osvaldo Duarte, UTIL, Lancaster
2-5, 2-R HR (2), 2 R
Bryan Muñiz, 1B, Lancaster
Go-ahead 2-R single in 8th
Andrew Thome, RHP, Lancaster
Save; 1.1 IP
Ramon Laureano, OF, Corpus Christi
3-4, 2B, RBI