Can you say dynasty?
By PETE GRATHOFF
The Kansas City Star
Class AAA Omaha won its second Pacific Coast League title in three years with Saturday night’s 10-5 victory at Salt Lake. The Storm Chasers won the best-of-five series three games to one.
A six-run eighth inning turned a close game into a laugher for Omaha, which pounded out 19 hits. Four different players had three hits, including left fielder Lane Adams, who had a team-high four RBIs.
Brian Sanches allowed two runs on nine hits in five innings for the win. Zach Jackson gave up two runs in 2 2/3 innings. Michael Mariot allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings.
The Storm Chasers struck early. Christian Colon, who reached after a force out, was on first with two outs when Ben Broussard, Rey Navarro, Brian Fletcher and Adams hit consecutive singles to make it 3-0.
The Bees had cut it to 4-2 after seven innings when Omaha broke it open.
Anthony Seratelli opened the inning with a bunt single, and singles by Broussard and Navarro singled to load the bases. Fletcher walked to force in a run and Adams cleared the bases with a triple that made it 8-2.
Manny Pina’s single scored Adams. After an out, Irving Falu singled. Colon grounded into a force out and Seratelli singled again, this time scoring Pina to make it 10-2.
Navarro had three hits and scored three runs, while Pina and Broussard were the other players with three hits.
Omaha, which won the PCL title in 2011, made the title series last year. But its season is not over.
The Storm Chasers will face the Durham Bulls, the champion of the International League, in the Triple-A National Championship on Tuesday night. The game will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.
ROOKIE-ADVANCED IDAHO FALLS
Left-hander Jonathan Dziedzic gave up two runs in six shutout inning as the Chukars opened the Pioneer League Championship Series with a 2-1 home victory against Helena.
Dziedzic, a 13th-round pick in this year’s draft, struck out eight and walked one. Josiel Martinez allowed an unearned run in the seventh. Glenn Sparkman struck out three in 1 2/3 innings and Kyle Bartsch got the final out on a strikeout for the save.
The Chukars got their two runs in the third inning. Humberto Arteaga singled with one out and scored when Elier Hernandez singled and took second on a fielding error by the Helena center fielder.
Hunter Dozier, the Royals’ first pick in this year’s draft, then doubled and Hernandez scored.
Game two of the best-of-three series is Monday in Helena.
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