The Oakland Dukes prevailed in their Frontier League Championship Series against the Anaheim Pharaohs, and will face the Brampton Longhorns starting on Tuesday.
Oakland had a storybook finish to their best-of-five series, when they looked to be in serious trouble after dropping game 3 to Anaheim, and falling behind in the series 2-1.
But the Dukes fought back in Game 4 with a narrow 4-3 victory, taking the lead in the top of the 4th and holding it as starter Dan Beck was backed up by bullpen arms Butch Keyes, Ramiro Pedragon, and finally closer Angelo Polo, as the Nevada Speeders affiliate shut down any attempt to end the series by New York’s AAA team.
The Dukes then tangled again in Game 5, which was very evenly matched through almost seven innings, when, with a 4-4 tie and two runners on base, 2B-man Ethan Wilhoit blasted a 2-RBI double, scoring the go ahead runs. Pedragon and Polo again teamed up to shutdown the Anaheim batters and win the series.