Missions claim division series

BY: Pat Turner

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Missions are making their final Texas League playoff appearance memorable.

San Antonio completed its comeback from an 0-2 deficit by claiming the best-of-five Division series with an 8-1 victory over Corpus Christi in the rubber game Sunday afternoon at Whataburger Field.

Now, the Missions, who join the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, have a chance to depart the Texas League with their 14th championship. The best-of-five championship begins against Tulsa, which wrapped up the other division title with a 5-3 win over Arkansas. Games one and two are set for Tulsa Tuesday and Wednesday. The series then shifts to Wolff Stadium Friday.

The Missions’ bats were alive again, backing up another solid pitching performance. This time, starter Chris Huffman provided the big boost with his four-hitter through seven innings.

San Antonio took an interesting trek to get that opportunity. After dropping the first two games at Corpus Christi, San Antonio was looking at elimination after falling into an 8-1 hole in game three.

San Antonio, which donned the Flying Chanclas uniforms in that contest, climbed back to tie the score. The contest was suspended because of rain in the 11th inning, forcing the Chanclas and Hooks to resume play the following afternoon.

The Chanclas pulled out a 9-8 victory and then sent the series back to Whataburger field with a 3-1 win in game four.

The momentum from the turnaround provided a nice carryover. Webster Rivas, who had a two-run double in the game four win, came through again with a two-run single during the Missions building of a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

The Missions put the Hooks in a bigger hole with two runs in the fourth.

After Hudson Potts and Matt Batts singled, Michael Gettys ripped a run-scoring double and Buddy Reed followed with a sacrifice fly.

With the way Huffman was controlling the Hooks batters, the 5-0 lead was secure. Still, the Missions added a little more insurance with a run in the seventh on Josh Naylor’s RBI single and two more in the ninth.

Corpus Christi’s lone run came on Randy Cesar’s homer.

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