Calgary, AB – The Edmonton Capitals are just one win away from capturing the North Division championship and punching their ticket to the North American League final after beating the provincial rival Calgary Vipers 12-6 on Saturday to take a 3-2 advantage in their best-of-seven series.
For the second straight game, the Caps pounded the Vipers en route to a lopsided victory. Edmonton won 14-7 in Game 4 on Friday night and took the lead in the series with the 12-6 drubbing on Saturday afternoon. The Caps can now eliminate the Vipers in Game 6 on Sunday when the teams head north back to Edmonton for a 2 p.m. matinee game.
Sunday’s afternoon tilt is a special playoff edition of Family Pack Sundays presented by Dental Choice and 630 CHED, as fans can purchase four tickets, four popcorn and four Pepsi for $52. If the Caps are unable to knock out the Vipers on Sunday, Game 7 will be played Tuesday in Edmonton at 7 p.m.
The Caps smashed five home runs out of Foothills Stadium on Saturday, as right fielder Tom Collaro went deep in back-to-back innings, while first baseman Brent Metheny, left fielder Todd Linden and catcher J.D. Closser also hit big flies. Collaro drove in four runs and scored two himself, while Metheny and Closser each knocked in a pair, and Metheny and Linden each crossed the plate three times.
Edmonton got a fantastic pitching performance from veteran hurler Lou Pote, who tossed eight innings and gave up just three runs on eight hits with six strikeouts, in addition to hitting a triple, scoring a run and earning one RBI. The 2002 World Series champion with the Anaheim Angles picked up the win, while fellow former MLB pitcher Brandon Villafuerte eventually shut the door on the ninth inning.
In the South Division Championship Series, the Rio Grande Valley Whitewings swept the San Angelo Colts 4-0 on Friday and are awaiting the winner of the NDCS between the Caps and Vipers. The North champion, whether it be Edmonton or Calgary, will host the entire best-of-seven NAL championship starting Thursday, September 8.
Playoff tickets start at just $10 in advance and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, at the Capitals Box Office (10233 – 96 Ave) during regular business hours Monday through Friday, online at capsbaseball.ca or via phone at 780-414-GOAL (4625).