NW Arkansas Naturals (21-48 in second half, 58-81 overall, season complete)
Tulsa 7, NW Arkansas 4
LP: Sugar Ray Marimon (3-6 with NW Arkansas, 7-8 overall)
Northwest Arkansas was swept in the final series of 2012. Sugar Ray Marimon (4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO) allowed all of his runs in the fourth. Brendan Lafferty worked the next 2.1 innings in his 43rd appearance of 2012, a record for a Naturals pitcher. Paulo Orlando recorded two hits and an RBI. Brian Fletcher, Whit Merrifield and Yem Prades each posted a hit and a run, with Merrifield adding an RBI.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (37-33 in second half, 66-74 overall)
Potomac 3, Wilmington 0
LP: Matt Ridings (6-2 with Wilmington, 10-5 overall)
Wilmington was blanked for a second straight day as they wrapped up the regular season. The contest was delayed at the outset and called after a delay in the sixth. Matt Ridings set a career-high with nine strikeouts while yielding three runs (two earned) over 5.0 IP. Matt Fields, Juan Graterol and Nick Van Stratten posted hits for the Blue Rocks. Wilmington begins the playoffs on Wednesday vs. Lynchburg. The second game and a potential third contest will be at Lynchburg.
Kane County Cougars (34-36 in second half, 68-72 overall, season complete)
Peoria 6, Kane County 2
LP: Mike Giovenco (5-3)
HR: Kenny Swab (2)
Kane County needed a win and two Burlington losses to reach the postseason. The Bees dropped both of their games vs. Wisconsin, but the Cougars also fell short. Peoria broke open a 1-0 game with four in the fifth. Kenny Swab hit a two-run homer in the sixth for Kane County.
Idaho Falls Chukars (16-19 in second half, 33-40 overall)
Grand Junction 9, Idaho Falls 5
LP: Aroni Nina (0-2 with Idaho Falls, 3-4 overall)
Idaho Falls lost a second straight as Grand Junction scored five in the first and built a 9-0 lead. Ysmelin Alcantara recorded a triple and two RBI for the Chukars. Diego Goris added two hits and an RBI. The four-game set wraps up tonight. Idaho Falls will finish the season with two at home vs. Orem (Angels).
Burlington Royals (41-25)
Elizabethon 10, Burlington 6, 12 innings (Elizabethton wins championship, 2-1)
LP: Julio Morales (0-1)
HR: Bubba Starling (3), Mark Threlkeld (3)
Elizabethton's D.J. Hicks hit a walk-off grand slam in the 12th, lifting the Twins to the Appalachian League Championship. Burlington let a five run lead slip away in the ninth after being one out from the club's first title since 1993. Bubba Starling finished 3-for-6 with his third homer of the postseason.