This was a classic Sand Gnat victory at home where the team, including playoffs, is 50-22 this year. The Gnats got good pitching, just enough hitting, and made one or two fewer mistakes than their opponents.
Erik Goeddel threw five shutout innings, fanning four while yielding three hits and three walks. Again, his velocity looked like it was there, and he mixed his curve and his slider in effectively.
Darrell Ceciliani followed his 4-4 night Saturday by going 2-3 with a triple and a walk. He led off the bottom of the first with a triple and scored on SS Wilfredo Tovar's sac fly to give the Gnats a 1-0 lead two batters into the game which, in a low-scoring series, in an elimination game, an important first run.
There were hearty hugs all the way around from the Gnats, but there was no dog pile and no champagne spraying in the clubhouse. As Ceciliani explained to the Savannah Morning News, "It’s an accomplishment to win a Southern Division championship,” he said. “But this is just part two of three. We have more work to do."
The Gnats begin the SAL Championship Series in Greensboro Monday.