MIDLAND, Mich. — The Great Lakes Loons celebrated their first Midwest League championship in franchise history Sunday after rallying for a 9-8 victory over the Clinton LumberKings.
Trailing 7-4, the Loons took the lead for good with a five-run sixth inning highlighted by four walks and a Logan Landon two-run double.
The LumberKings, whose memorable year ended just shy of a championship after an 86-54 regular-season record, finally broke out of a prolonged slump Sunday to make the Loons earn the 3-1 series victory.
Clinton hadn't scored a run in 19 innings entering Sunday before finally breaking out with a three-run second inning. Alex Jackson led it off with a home run, one of three on the day for the LumberKings, and Chris Mariscal capped the inning with a two-run double.
Dalton Kelly connected in the fifth and then Mariscal hit a two-run shot in a three-run sixth which gave Clinton the 7-4 advantage.
After the Loons took the lead, Clinton got one back in the seventh when James Alfonso scored on a sacrifice fly by Luis Liberato.
Ricky Eusebio blooped a single down the left-field line to open the ninth but was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double. Dean Kremer then got the next two batters out in order to seal the victory and the championship for the Loons.
Mariscal finished his day 2-for-5 with four RBIs, and Kelly had three hits for Clinton. Reliever Matt Walker took the loss after walking three and allowing four earned runs and not recording an out in the sixth.