It’s Championship time for the Lake Elsinore Storm and the Amarillo Sod Poodles.
Both teams came into Friday’s game tied at one game apiece in their series.
Neither was able to win the pivotal game and now both franchises must win two straight road games to earn a Championship.
Here is a recap of the two games from Friday.
Amarillo Sod Poodles Lost 2-0 (down in series 2-1)
The Sod Poodles could not get anything going offensively as they fell to Tulsa 2-0. Amarillo is now down two games in the series and must with two in a row to walk away with the Texas League title. Tulsa pitcher, Markus Soldbach threw eight shutout innings for the Drillers. He struck out six in the game in his 96-pitch effort. Amarillo only managed five hits in the game and walked just once. They were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position as they continually missed that timely hit. Ivan Castillo doubled in four at-bats, and Owen Miller singled in the 9th to bring Luis Torrens to bat as the go-ahead run. The catcher popped out to end the game. Kyle Lloyd threw well for the Soddies as he only allowed four hits in the game. One of the hits was huge for Tulsa though, as Connor Wong hit his second homer of the series. This time it was a two-run shot to seal the win for the Drillers.
Ivan Castillo- (2-4) 2B, K
Owen Miller- (1-4)
Hudson Potts– (1-3)
Taylor Trammels- (1-4) 2 K’s
Kyle Lloyd- (Loss) 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K (95 pitches- 61 strikes)
Lake Elsinore Storm Lost 4-3 (down in series 1-2)
Lake Elsinore fell 4-2 in a close game in Visalia. The Storm fell behind early but was able to tie the game in the 4th inning on a Gabriel Arias home run. Two late singles off of Henry Henry resulted in two runs for the Rawhide. Caleb Boushley pitched well going seven innings for the Storm. He struck out four and allowed five hits and two runs. The Storm recorded seven hits in the game but was unable to drive in the key runs. Xavier Edwards went 3-for-4 out of the leadoff spot, and Jesisson Rosario got on base twice for the Storm. Luis Campusano and Eguy Rosario went 0-for-7 on the night and stranded four runners on base. Lake Elsinore will hand the ball to 22-year-old Adrian Martinez for tomorrow’s game. It is a must-win for Lake Elsinore.
Xavier Edwards- (3-4) 2B
Jeisson Rosario– (1-3) Run, BB, K
Lee Solomon– (1-3) K
Gabriel Arias- (1-4) HR, Run, 2 RBIs, K
Caleb Boushley- 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K (75 pitches- 50 strikes)
Amarillo vs. Tulsa- TBD vs. TBD
Lake Elsinore vs. Visalia- Adrian Martinez vs. Bryan Valdez