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River City wins division series, clinches berth in championship series

River City's Kyle Brady winds to throw a pitch home during the Rascals division series game  against Washington at TR Hughes Ballpark on Thursday (Sept. 11).

River City’s Kyle Brady winds to throw a pitch home during the Rascals division series game two against Washington at TR Hughes Ballpark on Thursday (Sept. 11).

 

It is on to the Championship round for the River City Rascals baseball club.

River City punched its ticket to the Frontier League Championship series on Thursday night thanks to a 4-1 win over the Washington (Pa.) Wild Things in game two of its divisional series at TR Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon, Mo. The Rascals defeated Washington 2-1 on Monday (Sept. 9) in extra innings to take game one of the series.

Rascals starter Kyle Brady pitched a strong six innings of one-run ball and Hector Crespo provided the offense with three hits and two runs batted in. Brady was stout on the mound as he gave up just four hits, struck out seven and walked none in his six frames of work.

Washington grabbed the early lead as Garrett Rau singled home Austin Wobrock in the top of the third to make it 1-0.

Down 1-0,

Brian McConkey drove in Johnny Morales with an RBI-groundout to first and Crespo followed with a ringing double into the right field corner to drive home Joe Staley and Saxon Butler which pushed the Rascals out to a 3-1 cushion.

Eric Williams tacked on a run-scoring single in the sixth to stretch the gap to 4-1.

That gave Brady and the Rascals relief corps more than enough support. Nick Kennedy, Patrick Crider, and Trey Lambert combined to keep the Wild Things scoreless in the seventh and eighth innings.

All that was left for was for Gabriel Shaw, the Rascals closer to slam the door in the ninth.

Shaw, the Frontier League Western Division save leader, struck out the side to wrap up the 2-0 division series sweep for River City.

River City (61-35) opens up the championship series Saturday (Sept. 13)  at home against the Schaumburg Boomers (61-35) in a 7:05 contest.

 

 

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