Royals clinch playoffs with sweep of Woodstock
WINCHESTER -- The Royals officially clinched the postseason with a win in the nightcap of a doubleheader against the Woodstock River Bandits at Bridgeforth Field on Friday night, 8-3.
This was largely due to the performance of Zion Pettigrew. He belted two home runs and a double as part of a six-RBI game.
Woodstock struck first with an RBI groundout. Masen Prososky, who had four RBI a couple hours earlier, struck for another with an RBI single to right field to tie the game.
Then Pettigrew took over.
A couple batters later, he sent his first home run over the left field fence to give the Royals a slight one-run lead. Woodstock countered with a pair of RBI singles from Brock Johnson and Bryan Nunez to take a 3-2 lead
In the bottom half, with the bases loaded and two outs, Pettigrew sent a drive to center field that nearly cleared the fence. Although, he settled for a bases clearing double to regain a 5-3 lead.
In the fifth, Pettigrew slugged his second home run of the game, a two-run bomb over the left field fence for his fifth and sixth RBI of the contest.
Prososky added an insurance run in the sixth with a groundout. Between both games, he collected six RBI as well.
Kody Gardere nearly went a complete game (6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 K), but Royals manager Jacob Mays decided to let Prososky record the final out.
Winchester (21-20) travels to Strasburg to take on the Express to cap off the regular season