Pelicans claim first-half title before end of doubleheader

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With Salem losing 8-2 to the Winston-Salem Dash in a rain-suspended game completed on Saturday, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, have captured the 2015 First Half Southern Division Championship and are headed to the Carolina League playoffs for the fifth straight season.

The Pelicans entered Saturday with a Magic Number of one, needing a win in one of the two doubleheader games or a loss from Salem in one of their two contests with Winston-Salem.

The Dash led the game 3-0 when play resumed in the second inning on Saturday afternoon, adding a run in the inning, three more in the sixth, and tacked on another in the seventh.

Salem’s pair of runs came on RBI groundouts in the eighth inning, cutting the lead to the final score of 8-2.

At the time of the release, the Pelicans were playing a doubleheader with the Lynchburg Hillcats, trailing 2-0 in the first game in the sixth inning.

The postseason berth is the team’s fifth straight and ninth in the 17-year history of the franchise.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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