BILOXI, Miss. - The Shuckers scored seven runs over the first two innings as they clinched a spot in the 2018 Southern League Championship series after a resounding 9-1 win at MGM Park Saturday night.
In series filled with tight ballgames, Biloxi's clinching win was anything but. Daniel Wright (L, 0-1) lasted 1.2 innings and surrendered seven runs on six hits. In the bottom of the first, Keston Hiura belted a three-run home run to put the hosts up 3-0 quickly.
After Gavin LaValley homered in the second, the Shuckers responded with four more runs, capped off by Hiura's bases-clearing double. Rafael De Paula finished out the home-half of the second inning for the Wahoos and Pensacola entered the third trailing 7-1.
That was plenty of run support for Marco Diplan (W, 1-0) who finished the night allowing just the one hit to LaValley across six innings. He tied his season high with 10 strikeouts and walked only two. Cody Ponce and Brad Kuntz pitched the final three innings without allowing a run, sealing Biloxi's second-ever trip to a championship series. Biloxi added to more insurance runs in the fourth and seventh innings respectively for the eventual 9-1 scoreline.
Pensacola's season comes to a close having been eliminated by the Shuckers in the postseason for the second time in four years. The Blue Wahoos will begin the 2019 season on April 4 with a five-game series against the Mobile BayBears.
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