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Biloxi 7, Pensacola 5: Shuckers advance to Southern League Championship Series

Another strong pitching performance, this time by Tyler Wagner, combined with an amazing game from Orlando Arcia put the Biloxi Shuckers in the championship series.

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WP: Tyler Wagner (1-0)
LP: Timothy Adleman (0-1)

HR: Orlando Arcia (2)

Box Score

The Biloxi Shuckers are having a magical season. Now, they are just three wins away from finishing the story with a championship.

For the third straight game, the starting pitching gave the Shuckers a major advantage. Tyler Wagner started in game three and he made sure the Shuckers would have every chance to win, pitching six shutout innings. He did allow three hits and four walks, but struck out six and kept Pensacola off the scoreboard.

Meanwhile, Orlando Arcia has been on fire in the playoffs. He went 4-for-5 in Saturday night's game, hitting a total of three doubles and a home run. He also scored two runs and drove in three, so he was involved in five of Biloxi's seven runs. In the three-game division series, he went 8-for-13 with two home runs, three doubles, a triple, five runs scored, and six runs driven in.

The game did get a little rough in the seventh inning. With Biloxi up 7-0, they brought in Jacob Barnes in relief. He retired the first two batters he faced, but then allowed a single and two walks to load the bases. Jed Bradley came in and only faced one batter, walking him to score Pensacola's first run. Bradley was replaced by Yhonathan Barrios, who allowed a grand slam to the first batter he faced to make the score 7-5. However, he didn't allow anything else, recording outs on the last seven batters he faced to secure the win for the Shuckers.

Biloxi will now wait and see who wins the Chattanooga-Montgomery series for their opponent in the championship series. Their series is tied at 1 game each entering game three on Sunday, with Montgomery set to host the remaining three games. The championship series is tentatively scheduled to start on September 16, with the first two games hosted by Biloxi and the remaining three by their opponent.