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Defending SAL champs Asheville Tourists advance to championship series

The Tourists took the deciding game against the Sand Gnats to advance to the SAL championship series.

The Asheville Tourists defeated the Savannah Gnats 2-to-1 to advance to the South Atlantic League championship series.

Tyler Chatwood started the game for the Tourists, but he only pitched 2/3 of an inning. Chatwood allowed a bunt single, a single, and a walk in the first to load the bases with two outs. Jerad McCrummen entered the game and recorded a strikeout to end the inning.

After that, the bats were silent on both sides for a while. Sam Howard entered the game in the second inning, and he pitched six innings of shutout ball. The only threat came in the fifth inning, when he allowed a double to start the inning. In his six innings, Howard struck out six and didn't walk a batter.

The game was scoreless heading into the eighth inning. Josh Fuentes led off with a single. Yonathan Diaz bunted him to second to put him in scoring position, but it ended up not mattering where he was on the bases, as Luis Jean proceeded to hit a home run and put the Tourists up 2-to-0.

The Sand Gnats recorded three consecutive singles in the bottom of the ninth to score a run and half the Tourists' lead, but that's all they could muster.

It was a quiet day for PuRPS. Forrest Wall went hitless, though he did earn a walk. During the season, Wall had a 9.8 walk rate. Dom Nunez also picked up a single.

The Tourists, the defending champions, will face the Hickory Crawdads, the Texas Rangers' Low-A affiliate, for the SAL championship. Games one and two will be played in Hickory on Monday and Tuesday before the series moves to Asheville on Wednesday.