Pelicans clinch second-half title, host first-round playoff

pel-celebrateThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans won 3-2 in walk-off fashion over the Lynchburg Hillcats in the final game of the regular season on Monday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

The Pelicans won the second half Southern Division title when the Wilmington Blue Rocks defeated the Salem Red Sox 7-6 in 10 innings. The Pelicans finished the season 82-56, the best record in the four-year Rangers era in team history and the third best record in the club’s 16-year history.

The Pelicans will play the Red Sox in the Southern Division Championship Series. The Birds will host all three games of the series, starting with Game One on Wednesday. Game Two will be on Thursday and Game Three, if necessary, will be on Friday. First pitch for all games is set for 7:05 p.m.

The Birds (38-32, 82-56) opened the scoring in the first inning. Chris Grayson led off the inning with a double to left-center field. Two batters later, Preston Beck hit an RBI double to left field to score Grayson. Myrtle Beach led 1-0 after the first.

In the top of the second inning, the Pelicans took a 2-0 lead on Christopher Bostick’s eleventh home run of the season.

The Hillcats (34-35, 68-72) cut their deficit to 2-1 in the top of the fourth. With one out, Kevin Ahrens doubled, and then scored on an RBI single by Jose Martinez. Martinez later stole second base and then advanced to third on a passed ball. Pelicans starter Victor Payano got out of the inning when Will Skinner flew out to center.

Payano pitched seven innings, matching a career-high, allowing one run on six hits while striking out two and walking none.

Hillcats starter Jarrett Miller tossed five frames, surrendering two runs on five hits and striking out four while walking none. Lynchburg relievers Sean Bierman, Daniel Carela and Nate Hyatt all pitched a scoreless inning.

Lynchburg tied the game 2-2 in the eighth inning. Blake Brown hit a leadoff single against Pelicans reliever Cody Buckel, and later stole second base. After Levi Hyams struck out, Sean Godfrey hit a double to the center field wall, scoring Brown to tie the game. After Godfrey’s double, Buckel induced two groundouts to end the inning. Buckel came back out in the ninth and retired the side in order.

The Pelicans won the game in the bottom of the ninth in walk-off fashion off of Hillcats reliever Navery Moore. With two outs, Nick Vickerson walked, and then advanced to second on a single by Lewis Brinson. Luis Mendez then hit the game-winning RBI double to center field, scoring Vickerson to give the Pelicans a 3-2 win. The team celebrated by mobbing Mendez in center.

Buckel (5-6) earned the win in relief and Moore (1-2) took the loss.

The Pelicans finished the season with an average attendance of 3,652, a franchise record.

As winners of both the first and second half Southern Division titles, the Pelicans will host the entire Southern Division Championship Series, a best-of-three series, beginning on Wednesday evening.

Individual game tickets are available for each playoff game. Tickets start at $8.00 and those purchased in advance for games that are not ultimately played can be refunded or used as credit for a future ticket purchase with the Pelicans for the 2015 season.

Tickets for Game One and Game Two of the SDCS are available for purchase online. To purchase tickets for potential games, including Game Three of the SDCS and Games One and Two of the Mills Cup Championship Series, fans can call the Pelicans front office at (843) 918-6002.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

Comments

comments

Hoops: CF girls win in OT; MB claims sweep over MC

Hoops: CF girls win in OT; MB claims sweep over MCThe Carolina Forest girls basketball team battled its way to [more]

Coastal's Pierrot picked in second round of MLS draft

Coastal's Pierrot picked in second round of MLS draftAfter a career which saw him named the Sun Belt [more]

NMB boys, girls suffer first region setbacks at Wilson

NMB boys, girls suffer first region setbacks at WilsonThe North Myrtle Beach High boys and girls basketball teams [more]

CF girls blow out Knights; boys lose to WF at buzzer

CF girls blow out Knights; boys lose to WF at buzzerDespite the ice-cold weather outside, the Carolina Forest girls basketball [more]

CCU Hoops: Chants suffer sixth straight loss at USA

CCU Hoops: Chants suffer sixth straight loss at USAThe Coastal Carolina men's basketball team suffered their sixth consecutive [more]

Conway sweeps Socastee; NMB, SJ games postponed

Conway sweeps Socastee; NMB, SJ games postponedThe Conway High boys and girls basketball teams swept visiting [more]

Boys Hoops: Green breaks CA record; Braves beat CF

Boys Hoops: Green breaks CA record; Braves beat CFChristian Academy of Myrtle Beach junior Michael Green reached another [more]

Lady Panthers' second-half surge knocks off Socastee

Lady Panthers' second-half surge knocks off SocasteeThe Carolina Forest High girls basketball team broke up a [more]

Coastal adds Michigan OL transfer to recruiting class

Coastal adds Michigan OL transfer to recruiting classCoastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia announced Sean Fitzgerald, [more]

Earnhardt clears air about interest in buying Panthers

Earnhardt clears air about interest in buying PanthersRetired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he is interested [more]

CCU's Ruiz picked to play in Latin America Amateur

CCU's Ruiz picked to play in Latin America AmateurCoastal Carolina junior golfer Luis Ruiz has been selected to [more]

CAC swimmers clean up on medals at Tiger Invitational

CAC swimmers clean up on medals at Tiger InvitationalThe Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) sent 37 swimmers to compete [more]

MB grad Sessions waived during 11th NBA season

MB grad Sessions waived during 11th NBA seasonFor the first time since his high school days at [more]

Horry/Georgetown Invite: CF, NMB, MB finish 1-2-3

Horry/Georgetown Invite: CF, NMB, MB finish 1-2-3The Carolina Forest High wrestling team captured the bi-county championship [more]

Battle at the Beach: MB makes it rain 3s; CA falls

Battle at the Beach: MB makes it rain 3s; CA fallsOn Friday night, a leaky roof forced the Myrtle Beach [more]

CCU Hoops: Coastal splits with visiting Georgia State

CCU Hoops: Coastal splits with visiting Georgia StateArtur Labinowicz scored a career, team and game-high 32 points, [more]

Hoops: Chiefs, Tigers use last-second shots for wins

Hoops: Chiefs, Tigers use last-second shots for winsNorth Myrtle Beach High's Cooper Chandler picked the right time [more]

MB Winter Bump tourney expects record crowd, field

MB Winter Bump tourney expects record crowd, fieldThe annual Myrtle Beach Winter Bump Volleyball Classic, hosted by [more]

Knaffle garners SCCAWS Player of the Year award

Knaffle garners SCCAWS Player of the Year awardSt. James High junior Smith Knaffle may need to add [more]

CCU Hoops: Chants split Sun Belt twinbill with GSU

CCU Hoops: Chants split Sun Belt twinbill with GSUJaylen Shaw moved into 13th place on the Coastal Carolina [more]

North Myrtle Beach boys, girls cruise past St. James

North Myrtle Beach boys, girls cruise past St. JamesThe North Myrtle Beach boys and girls basketball teams swept [more]

Wrestling: Locals earn top rankings; Chiefs take two

Wrestling: Locals earn top rankings; Chiefs take twoThe latest rankings were released Tuesday for SCHSL wrestling, but [more]

Boys Hoops: Socastee, Conway win region debuts

Boys Hoops: Socastee, Conway win region debutsThe Socastee High boys basketball team won a thrilling Region [more]

Girls Hoops: Seahawks knock off No. 1 Wilson

Girls Hoops: Seahawks knock off No. 1 WilsonThe Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team saw region rival [more]

CCU student-athletes post top semester in classroom

CCU student-athletes post top semester in classroom A record 264 Coastal Carolina student-athletes posted at least a [more]

Hoops: CF girls win in OT; MB claims sweep over MC

Hoops: CF girls win in OT; MB claims sweep over MCThe Carolina Forest girls basketball team battled its way to [more]

Coastal's Pierrot picked in second round of MLS draft

Coastal's Pierrot picked in second round of MLS draftAfter a career which saw him named the Sun Belt [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach