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The Elizabethton Twins captured their second Appalachian League championship in three years Friday, dethroning the Danville Braves with a 5-1 victory.
Michael McCardell (1-0) gave up five hits and a walk while striking out seven over six scoreless innings for the win. The 22-year-old right-hander went 5-1 with a 2.00 ERA in eight outings for the Twins. He won his last four regular-season decisions and carried a no-hitter through six frames on Sunday.
Spencer Steedley notched his first postseason save after yielding an unearned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts over three frames.
Ozzie Lewis lifted a sacrifice fly and Eric Santiago and Estarlin De Los Santos drew bases-loaded walks in the fourth to give the Twins a 3-0 lead. Santiago lined an RBI single in the sixth and Rene Tosoni walked and scored on a balk by reliever Edgar Osuna in the seventh.
Braves starter Jeffrey Locke (0-1) surrendered three runs on four hits and three walks while fanning six over 3 2/3 frames.
Carlos Lee doubled and scored Danville's lone run on a throwing error by first baseman Rene Leveret in the seventh.
Tosoni won the series opener with a two-run homer in the 10th. Elizabethton also defeated Danville to take the crown in 2005 but fell to the Braves in three games in last year's championship series.
Marissa Rega is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.