Dash put a decisive period on Pelicans’ playoff charge

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans saw their season end at the hands of the Winston-Salem Dash after a 9-0 loss on Friday night in the Southern Division Championship Series of the Carolina League Playoffs.

A bases-clearing triple by Keenyn Walker in the third and a Kevan Smith grand slam in the fourth provided the Dash’s knockout punch. Chris Bassitt led the Dash pitching with seven shutout innings allowing only three hits. Bassitt never faced more than four batters in any single inning for the Dash. Steven Upchurch and J.R. Ballinger closed out the game with scoreless innings.

The Pelicans loaded the bases on two singles and a walk in the ninth but Ballinger was able to get Vinny DiFazio to ground out to third. On a positive note, two likely 2012 Pelicans Josh McElwee and Greg Williams each pitched two scoreless innings for the birds. McElwee, the local from Andrews, SC, struck out two and Williams struck out four dash batters.

The Pelicans season concludes 74-65 record during the regular season and 1-2 in the playoffs. The Pelicans led the Carolina League in Pitching with now-Cub Kyle Hendricks leading the league during his time with the Pelicans. Randy Henry, Hendricks and Cody Buckel represented the Pelicans at the all-star game and Ben Rowen was named reliever of the year. The Pelicans will be back at in on Friday April 5, 2013. 2013 Tickets are already on sale so visit myrtlebeachpelicans.com or call 843-918-6000.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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