FINAL: Lexington Legends sweep the Rome Braves, two games to one, to take the southern division title in the South Atlantic League. Final score Friday night: Legends 6, Braves 0. Lexington will face Lakewood in the opening game game of the SAL championship next week.
9:28 p.m. Three outs, six runs down.
9:21 p.m. Top of the ninth and Lexington leads it 6-0.
9:16 p.m. The winner of this series will face Lakewood, the northern division champion which also won both halfs of the season. Lakewood swept Kannapolis in that series, two games to one.
9:06 p.m. Costly eighth inning — and there’s only one out. Legends score three. 6-0 Lexington.
9 p.m. At the top of the eighth and the score is holding at 2-0.
8:26 p.m. Five in the book and Legends hold 2-0 lead. Rain staying north and west.
8:20 p.m. Legends knock on the door but key catch of pop up ends it. 2-0 middle of fifth. Braves up.
8:11 p.m. Oh too close call on second; Rocket protests; still an hour. End of four, 2-0 Legends.
8:07 p.m. Braves threatening. Runners on first, 0 second; one out. Venter up. Out on strikes. Two outs.
8 p.m. One more Legend hits home; 2-0 Lexington at the midpoint of the fourth.
7:53 p.m. End of three, 1-0 Legends.
7:42 p.m. Legends get one across the plate. 1-0 Lexington, middle of the third.
7:38 p.m. Storm to our north, near suburban Plainville, drifting toward Summerville. Weather Channel reporting some lightning 15 miles north of the stadium. All good here; actually a temperature drop. Nice.
7:34 p.m. Third out, no score, so why not the hug cam to start the third.
7:29 p.m. Venter walks toward first, thinking he was hit. No, says blue. Rocket Wheeler, Braves’ manager, see red. Venter’s revenge: a hit. Two Braves on with two outs.
7:28 p.m. The Braves’ Owenby breaks up the Lynch no hitter bid (in the second inning but still ….)
7:25 p.m. Airplane flyover no. 1 (tribute to Bob Berry’s legendary call at Darlington football games).
7:21 p.m. Scanning the crowd: Rome attorney Emily Matson is here. She sang the National Anthem a few games ago — and did quite well.
7:16 p.m. End of one, 0-0.
7:08 p.m. Three up, three down. Braves next. But first: The Hot Dog Squad on the third base dugout. Tail feathers?
7:04 p.m. Borkovich opens with a strike to Kyle Isbel.
7 p.m. Scanning the crowd: 16 years strong, members of the original K Club are front and center in Section 206.
6:55 p.m. National Anthem performed by Lauren Smith.
6:50 p.m. The teams and managers are introduced. Crowd is building. A warm night but a nice breeze. Great night for baseball. Here we go.
The key story points tonight:
- Braves’ pitcher lefty Walter Borkovich (4-1 ERA 1.83 regular season). For the Legends: Lefty Daniel Lynch (5-1, 1.58 ERA regular season).
- Lexington leads the best-of-three series, 1-0.
- Rome needs to win tonight to stay in the playoffs.
- If Rome wins: Game three is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at State Mutual Stadium.
- If Lexington wins: The Legends move on to the South Atlantic League championship vs. the northern division champion. (Lakewood leads Kannapolis, 1-0; they’re playing tonight as well).
- South Atlantic League scoreboard: Friday