The semifinals of Sonora’s Northern League have begun as both Magdalena and Guaymas took opening night road victories on Tuesday.
Magdalena topped the Agua Prieta Vaqueros, 10-6, in Agua Prieta. Rodolfo Gonzalez took the win for the Membrilleras by tossing seven innings of one-run ball. On the same night, Guaymas scored four runs in the third inning and went on to beat San Luis, 9-2, in San Luis Rio Colorado. Texan Rafael Flores earned the pitching win for the Ostioneros. Both semis are best-of-7 series.
In the opening round of Northern League playoff action, San Luis knocked out Ensenada, 4 games to 1, Agua Prieta eliminated Mexicali in six games, and Magdalena outlasted Guaymas in a full seven games. While all three series winners automatically advanced to the final four, Guaymas also moved into the second round as the fourth “lucky loser” team by virtue of their three first-round wins as compared to Mexicali’s two victories and Ensenada’s lone triumph.