WICHITA – For the third time in franchise history, the Winnipeg Goldeyes are league champions.
They captured the American Association crown thanks to a dominant 11-4 Game 5 win over the Wichita Wingnuts.
It’s the first title for Winnipeg since they captured their first American Association title in 2012, also against Wichita. They also won the Northern League in 1994, the team’s inaugural season.
Kevin McGovern was outstanding on the mound in the winner-take-all clash, going 6+ innings, allowing five hits, two walks and two runs.
Even without that stellar performance, the offence gave McGovern more than enough run support, and almost all of it came courtesy of Reggie Abercrombie.
Abercrombie smashed a two-run double in the first, was walked with the bases loaded in the 4th, slugged a two-run homer in the 7th and added another two-run bomb in the 8th. He finished the game with seven RBI.
Adam Heisler, Willie Cabrera, Wes Darvill and Carlton Tanabe also drove in runs for the Fish.
With the Game 5 win, Winnipeg finishes the playoffs with a 4-0 record in elimination games. They trailed both St. Paul and Wichita 2-1 but won Games 4 and 5 both times, and both times on the road.
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