Crawfords 25-19, Hilldale 17-27
Pitcher use: End of season for Hilldale. All pitchers will be available for Crawfords in the Series.
Game One: Hilldale 4, Crawfords 3 (11 innings)
WP: Dismukes (2-3)
LP: Davis (2-1)
HR: Charleston (12), Torriente (2), Stearnes (5)
Game Two: Crawfords 7, Hilldale 6 (11 innings)
WP: Streeter (2-0)
LP: Dismukes (2-4)
HR: Santop 2, Beckwith (9), Charleston (13), Oms (6)
Game Three: Hilldale 7, Crawfords 2
WP: Byrd (5-6)
LP: Brewer (3-6)
HR: Charleston (14)
It didn't come easy, but the Crawfords wrapped up the Division B title despite dropping their final regular season series.
The first two games at cellar-dwelling Hilldale each went 11 innings. Turkey Stearnes was crucial for Hilldale; his seventh-inning triple was pivotal in a two-run inning, and he hit the walkoff homer in the 11th off Roosevelt Davis. The Crawfords got two runs and two RBIs from Oscar Charleston.
Charleston was big in the second game as well; he had the game-winning homer in the 11th and added a pair of doubles. Louis Santop homered twice. Sam Streeter blew the save for Bullet Joe Rogan in the 10th but wound up with the vultured victory.
Bill Byrd went the distance in the finale for Hilldale, holding the Crawfords to six hits, none of them in the final four innings. Hilldale broke open a close game with three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth.
Charleston was eight-for-13 with three homers, three doubles, two walks, five runs and five RBIs. Stearnes was 6-for-13 with five runs and four RBIs and 13 total bases.