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Crush Cubs, Clinch Flag
September 17, 2017 (Federal League Wire Service)
Tri-Cities Tritons captured their second Expansion Division
regular season pennant in the last three seasons as they defeated
the Broward Cubs, 13-1 in the season's penultimate game.
a rare Sunday game, a move necessitated by the after effects of
Hurricane Irma, the Tritons rallied from an early deficit.
ace Calvin Rayburn made his second start of the season for the
Water Dwellers. Rayburn was opposed by the Cubs' Burke Fox.
Cubs grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Joseph
Paniagua lined a two out single, advanced to third on a double by
Jamie Bobrow, and scored on a wild pitch.
the bottom of the second, the Sons of Poseidon tied the scored
when Adrian Roznowski drew a lead off walk, stole second, moved to
third on a wild pitch, and scored on an RBI ground out off the bat
of Agner Martinez.
the third, the Tritons opened up a 5-1 lead as Julian Faria had an
RBI single and Rayburn blasted a three run home run on an 0-2
onslaught continued in the fourth as Chris Marrero delivered a two
run single, Faria had a two run triple, and Roznowski produced a
run scoring single as the Tritons took a commanding 10-1 lead.
the sixth, the Water Dwellers capped the scoring, adding three
runs to their advantage. Roznowski and John Hardardt had RBI hits
in the frame.
led the Tritons with three hits and three RBI. Marrero. Roznowski,
Hardardt, Rayburn, and Zac Miller all had two hit games for the
Tritons. Miller, by going two for three, all but clinched the
league's batting title.
in addition to his home run prowess, pitched five innings,
allowing one run on two hits, to earn his first win of the
campaign. Rayburn, who did not issue a walk, struck out 10.
fell to 1-4 as he was charged with nine runs on seven hits in
three and two thirds innings. Fox walked four, hit a batter, and
Tritons, who finished the season with a three game winning streak,
will await the winner of next week's play-in round between the
Hollywood Stars and Davie Goliaths.
Cubs, who lost four of their last eight, will meet the Delray
Beach Mudcats in the Original Division play-in round.
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