Smokies win North Division Championship

Hey Smokies Fans!

What a win last night for the Smokies in Game Four of the North Division Championship Series. With the win, Tennessee advances to the Southern League Championship Series, where the Smokies will face the Jacksonville Suns in a rematch of the 2009 SLCS.

Here is the link for you to listen to the champagne celebration in the clubhouse:

North Division Championship Celebration September 12, 2010

Here is the official game release from

KODAK, Tenn. – The Tennessee Smokies magical season continues on.  After winning both halves of the Southern League North Division in the regular season, the Smokies dispatched the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx 3-games-to-1 with a series clinching 5-2 victory in Game 4 of this week’s Southern League North Division Championship Series at Smokies Park.

Tennessee now advances to the Southern League Championship Series to take on the Jacksonville Suns in a rematch of last year’s title match.  Games 1 & 2 of the best-of-5 title series will be at Smokies Park; first pitch for each game is set for 7:15 p.m.

The Smokies’ march to the division championship Sunday began in the third inning.  After West Tenn jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the frame, Tennessee answered with two in the bottom of the inning on RBI singles by Blake Lalli and Matt Spencer to take a 2-1 lead.

West Tenn tied the game up at two in the top of the fifth, as Guillermo Quiroz hit a solo home run off Tennessee starter Craig Muschko.

With the game in the balance, momentum swung decisively to Tennessee on one swing of the bat from Steve Clevenger.  With one out in the bottom of the fifth and Spencer on first, Clevenger took a Steve Bray (0-1) pitch to deep right field and over the wall to put the Smokies back up 4-2.

An insurance run in the eighth by Tennessee’s Marwin Gonzalez extended the Smokies’ lead to 5-2, and was more than enough for Muschko.  Muschko (1-0) was stellar in his six-inning start, allowing only the two runs on six hits, striking out four and walking none.

Relievers Kyle Smit and Luke Sommer preserved the win for Muschko and Tennessee, slamming the door shut on West Tenn with three innings of one-hit relief.  Sommer (S, 1) picked up the save.

Game tickets for Games 1 & 2 of the Southern League Championship Series at Smokies Park are now on sale, and can be purchased online at or by calling (865) 286-2300.  Following a travel day on Thursday, Tennessee and Jacksonville will play Game 3 on Friday, and Games 4 & 5 if necessary on Saturday and Sunday, at The Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville.

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The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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One Comment on “Smokies win North Division Championship”

  1. robert Semkus
    September 13, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

    Iam impressed by the coaches. The team now is only a shadow of the players that started the season. I go to every home game. I am imprerssed with Tony Thomas and his family. Also the way Steve C steped up when Robinson C was sent up. I conceder all the players as my kids.
    Is there any talk of a bus trip to Jacksonville fl for the games?

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