There really was no other way for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos to wrap up the first half Southern League South Division crown.
Most of this season has been about Pensacola grinding out wins, including a record seven in walk-off fashion, so the ending to Sunday’s 2-1 win over Mobile was business as usual.
Eric Jagielo drilled a game-winning hit down the third base line in the ninth inning to lift the Blue Wahoos to the thrilling victory and a playoff berth for the second time in the five-year history of the franchise.
“I just let my instincts take over as who I am as a baseball player,” Jagielo told the media after the game. “I’m not going to say it’s a storybook ending but it left a good feeling for the entire day.”
The Blue Wahoos have won eight one-run games in their last 12 outings and have shown unmatched determination to find ways to win even when the odds are seemingly stacked against them.
“We have a lot of good players on this team. You can’t sleep on us,” said outfielder Philip Ervin. “We may not get started early but we come back late.”
Pensacola has been locked into a championship race with Biloxi the entire first half, neither team ever pulling away with the lead in the division.
The two teams, which met in the playoffs a year ago, went into the weekend nearly neck-and-neck, with Pensacola up by a half game. All the Blue Wahoos had to do was take care of business to secure the title and they did just that, winning three times to clinch it.
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