MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Myrtle Beach Pelicans finish regular season on winning note

mmckinnon@thesunnews.comSeptember 3, 2012 

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— The regular season is finished and the Pelicans went out in fashion on Monday.

Myrtle Beach gained some momentum heading toward the Mills Cup Playoffs as it took down the Lynchburg Hillcats 5-1 and won the final season series 2-1 at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

“Good closing win,” Pelicans manager Jason Wood said. “Good outing by [starter Kyle] DeVore. I liked that we played with some energy tonight even though it was the last game of the season. A lot of times when you play the last game of the season you don’t really get a lot of energy from these guys. It just shows that we’re ready to move into the playoffs and it was good to see tonight.”

DeVore picked up the win as he allowed one unearned run on six hits in 51/3 innings. DeVore struck out four and lowered his ERA to 3.50.

Myrtle Beach got on the board in the first inning after three consecutive singles by Teodoro Martinez, Hanser Alberto and Odubel Herrera with no outs. Martinez scored on Herrera’s single, and Alberto scored after Vinny DiFazio reached first base on a throwing error by Lynchburg shortstop Nick Ahmed to put the Pelicans ahead 2-0 but that’s all Myrtle Beach would get in the first.

Left fielder Chris Grayson scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth to extend the Pelicans’ lead to three. Right fielder Jeremy Williams also scored on a wild pitch, and Yefry Castillo scored on a Martinez groundout in the bottom of the sixth as Myrtle Beach pushed across two more runs to take a 5-1 lead.

The Pelicans struck out 10 Hillcats, and used three pitchers out of the bullpen. Andrews native Josh McElwee recorded his first hold as he struck out three in 12/3 scoreless innings. Jimmy Reyes struck out two in an inning and Phil Klein struck out one in a perfect ninth inning.

Lynchburg recorded three errors, while Myrtle Beach recorded only one. Hillcats starter Dimasther Delgado received the loss as he only went two innings. Delgado allowed two earned runs on four hits and had no strikeouts.

Lynchburg scored its only run when former Coastal Carolina standout Tommy La Stella drove in Nick Ahmed on a ground-rule double in the sixth inning.

Now that the regular season is over, the Pelicans will take on the Winston-Salem Dash in a three-game series in which all games will be held in Winston-Salem because the Dash won the first and second half of the season. The series starts on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Contact MAX McKINNON at 444-1767.

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