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September 12, 2009 at 6:29 AM

Jones and Dening hit walk-off homers to send teams to League Championships


9/12 Cup of Coffee: With the score tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th inning, Brad Correll singled and Mike Jones then hit a walk-off, two-run homer to give Salem a 6-4 win over Winston-Salem. The win saw the Red Sox complete a three-game sweep of the Dash and give the Red Sox affiliate the 2009 Southern Division Championship. Salem came close to breaking the tie in the bottom of the 8th, when Correll was thrown out at home trying to score from second on a two-out Zach Borowiak single. Seth Garrison started and threw 6 strong innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and a walk. He fanned 5. Derrick Loop got the win, retiring the final two batters in the top of the 10th inning. Jon Hee went 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Salem now waits for the winner of the Northern Division series between Lynchburg and Wilmington.

Mitch Dening hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th to give Greenville a 3-2 win over Asheville and a two-game sweep of their best-of-three series. The Drive trailed 2-0 in the 6th inning when a Zach Gentile double scored Oscar Tejeda. Gentile then scored on a double by Ryan Lavarnway to tie the score. Jeremy Kehrt earned the win in relief, allowing 1 unearned run on 3 hits over 4.1 frames. He struck out 5. Tejeda went 2 for 3 in the game. Greenville will now face Lakewood in the South Atlantic League Championship, beginning on Monday.

Player of the Night: Shared between Mike Jones and Mitch Dening, who both had walk-off homers, giving their respective teams Division Championships.