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West Palm Beach caps FSL title with 8-0 win

Published Sep. 10, 1991|Updated Oct. 14, 2005

This is why they play the games. West Palm Beach, the team with the worst record of the six Florida State League playoff teams, crushed Clearwater, owners of the league's best regular season record, 8-0 Monday night to win the FSL championship two games to none.

The win capped an eight-day run for the Expos, who eliminated the league's top three teams to win their second championship. The other came in 1974 when Chicago White Sox hitting coach Walt Hriniak was the manager.

Clearwater's hopes to stay alive for its first-ever championship were doused early as the Expos, who won 4-2 Sunday, posted five runs in the second inning off staff ace and losing pitcher Donnie Elliott. Chad McDonald started the inning with a double. Two outs later, he scored when Elliott walked three consecutive batters. J.D. Ramirez then singled home two runs before Ron Kraus greeted reliever Darrell Lindsey with a two-run triple.

Lindsey held the Expos down into the eighth before being relieved. The Expos tacked on two more runs against relievers Bob Gaddy and Mike Sullivan in the eighth inning. Tim Laker provided the spark in the inning with a two-run double. He scored on Willie Green's triple.

Three West Palm Beach pitchers shut out the Phillies on seven hits. Starter Felix Moya, who lasted just 3 innings in his last start, gave up three hits in five innings before giving way to Stacey Collins, who worked 1 innings. Bob Baxter came on in the seventh inning and retired all seven batters he faced.

- Note: Clearwater manager Lee Elia received the FSL Manager of the Year award before the game, based on the votes of the official scorers of each FSL team.

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