Pelicans clinch second-half title with 14-inning victory

pel-dewees Donnie Dewees’ RBI single in the top of the 14th propelled the Pelicans to a 5-4 win and the second half Southern Division Championship Saturday at Pfitzner Stadium.

The 2016 second half title marks the fourth straight year that the Pelicans (81-56, 45-22) have won at least one half. They will now host Game 1 of the Southern Division Championship Series against Salem on Wednesday

With the game tied at four in the top of the 14th, Tyler Pearson beat out an infield single to start the inning. After he advanced to second on a wild pitch from RC Orlan (5-6), Charcer Burks moved him to third on a fly ball to right. Dewees then came through with a single through a drawn-in infield to give Myrtle Beach a 5-4 lead.

Against Potomac (72-64, 38-30) starter Matthew Crownover, Burks and Dewees both singled to start to the game. David Bote followed by walloping a three-run home run to left to immediately give Myrtle Beach a 3-0 lead.

Crownover settled down after that to strike out a career-high nine over six-plus innings of work.

Down 3-0 in the bottom of the first, Nationals DH Stephen Drew singled off Pelicans starter Erick Leal. Two batters later, Raudy Read doubled down the left field line to score Gutierrez and cut the deficit to 3-1.

With the same score in the bottom of the second, Osvaldo Abreu doubled to left before Bryan Mejia singled him to third. Matthew Page then grounded into a fielder’s choice, allowing Abreu to score and make it a 3-2 game.

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth, Abreu singled with one out before Mejia did the same. With runners at first and second and two outs, David Masters pulled a double down the left field line to score both runners and give the Nationals a 4-3 lead.

With Myrtle Beach down one in top of the sixth, Bote singled up the middle with one out. Ian Rice then lined a hit to center. Nationals center fielder Victor Robles bobbled the ball, allowing Bote to take third on the error. Nationals catcher Raudy Read then allowed a pitch to clank off his glove and roll behind him, helping Bote score to tie the game at four.

Tommy Thorpe and Tommy Nance both worked three clean innings of relief to get the game to extra innings. Daniel Lewis tossed 2.1 scoreless frames to follow.

With the game still tied in the bottom of the 13th, Bryan Mejia singled before Matthew Page moved him to third with a hit of his own. With the Pelicans infield in, David Masters hit a grounder to short and Birds shortstop Andrew Ely threw him out at the plate. After Scott Effross (1-0) came in to pitch with two on and one out, Effross got a fly out and ground out to keep the game going.

The Pelicans and Nationals will meet again on Sunday beginning at 6:05 p.m.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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