Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:23:48 +0000Hillcats Clinch 6-18Hillcats Clinch 6-18http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12449/6964867?cpt=8&wpid=2637WDBJsox were poised to clinch the first half division crown, ensuring themseleves a spot in the carolina league postseason this september. but the sox have struggled to win down the stretch, while the second place lynchburg hillcats have hung tough. in fact, the hillcats trimmed the lead down to a half- game last night, with only one day to go in the first half. now stay with me here, the salem red sox still had the upper-hand, playing a double-header today. but in game one, the sox lose their fourth game in a row, as wilmington takes it, 3-1. so after that loss, the sox and the cats have the same record, at 40-and-28 on the year, with the head- to-head tiebreaker going to lynchburg. so that means, the sox had to win game two and have the hillcats lose their game today in order to win the division. instead, as you can see, both teams would lose, and that means the lynchburg hillcats are your first half winners. and even though salem suffers a big collapse, losing their final five games of the first half, the sox can take solace in the fact, that they get to host the carolina league all-star classic over the next couple of days in salem. chad de la guerra: "i think it's pretty cool to be able to play at the home field. i'm actually really excited to see all the other events that go on, the parties or the little banquets, so pretty excited to go to those, and just see the turnout. i'm excited to see how many people show up, and it should be fun." trevor kelley: "i think it's going to be a good atmosphere. we've been getting great crowds friday, saturday, sundays, and if it's anything like that, it's going to be a great time, a great atmosphere. and just to bring all of the best guys in the league here, it's going to be a good time."