November 19, 2019

Potomac Nationals win 2014 Carolina League title

The Potomac Nationals won the Mills Cup championship on Wednesday night in Woodbridge for the fifth time in their history. Potomac, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals, beat the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5-1.

Defensively, Potomac retired the final 19 batters of the game to secure the crown. The Nationals opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with a three-run home run to left into the woods past the outfield wall by Randolph Oduber. Myrtle Beach got a run back in the top of the second after a Michael De Leon line drive to center scored Lewis Brinson from second. In the bottom of the second, Potomac’s Stephen Perez led off the half-inning with a double and advanced to third after Estarlin Martinez lined out to right. Pedro Severino then singled to center, scoring Perez and making it 4-1.

Potomac added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh. Tony Renda tripled to left after Ryan Cordell misplayed it for Myrtle Beach, and Shawn Pleffner promptly singled to center and brought Renda home. Gilberto Mendez had two strikeouts in the bottom of the ninth, the last of which was the final out, and ruled a strikeout after Brinson was ruled to have completed his swing by the umpire on appeal.

This is Potomac’s third championship since 2008 after winning in 2010 as well. They also won the Mills Cup in 1982 and 1989. They won the first and second half North Division titles in both 2013 and 2014, losing last year’s championship series to Salem in a three-game sweep. This year, the Nationals dropped the first game of the best-of-five series to the Pelicans on the road on Saturday, 2-0. They won 3-0 on Sunday and moved to the brink on Tuesday after a 12-7 victory.

Potomac alumni who are now current members of the big club include Michael Taylor, Danny Espinosa, Ian Desmond and Ross Detwlier.

About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at InsideNova.com. He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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