Asheville wins South Atlantic League championship

Asheville wins South Atlantic League championship

ST. LOUIS -- Raimel Tapia went 2-for-5 with a home run and right-hander Konner Wade threw seven scoreless innings as the Asheville Tourists clinched the South Atlantic League championship with a 4-1 victory against Hagerstown in the fifth and deciding game of the title series on Saturday night.

It was the second championship in three years for Asheville, the Rockies' low Class A affiliate.

Tapia, 20, who finished the regular season with a .326 batting average, nine home runs and 32 doubles, hit his first postseason homer for a 2-0 Tourists lead in the third inning. Correlle Prime hit an RBI single in the first inning, and Zach Osborne added a two-run double in the fourth.

Wade, 22, a seventh-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Arizona, struck out six against no walks, and he held Hagerstown to five hits in his seven innings. Trent Daniel threw 1 1/3 no-hit innings for the save.

Asheville was managed by Fred Ocasio. Tapia is ranked by as the Rockies' No. 5 prospect.

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