The final game of the Buies Creek Astros produced a Carolina League baseball championship.
The Astros topped the Potomac Nationals 2-1 in 11 innings at Jim Perry Stadium in Buies Creek on Tuesday night to win the Mills Cup.
The best-of-five series for the league’s playoff championship was shortened to one game due to the approach of Hurricane Florence.
The Houston Astros’ high Class A franchise is scheduled to move to Fayetteville in 2019.
Buies Creek trailed 1-0 until Jake Adams hit a tying home run to left with two out in the eighth inning.
In the bottom of the 11th, Chuckie Robinson reached base on a leadoff infield single to third. A single to left by Adams put runners at first and second. Cody Bohanek’s sacrifice bunt on a full count moved Robinson to third.
Jonathan Arauz brought in the winning run with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Nationals went ahead 1-0 in the fifth on an RBI double by Nick Banks that brought in Andruw Monasterio, who had walked.
Adams had three of Buies Creek’s seven hits.
“You’re happy to do this for the fans who come out,” Adams said. “Fifteen, 30 people, whatever it is. … We found a way to get it done.”
Official attendance was 311.
Bryan Abreu started for the Astros and pitched four innings with one hit, five strikeouts and one walk. Jose Hernandez threw the next three innings with three strikeouts. Enoli Paredes went two innings with two whiffs.
Colin McKee fanned four over the last two innings and got the win.
The quartet of Astros pitchers allowed five hits and totaled 14 strikeouts.