Chihuahuas sweep conference, headed to PCL Championship for second straight season
The El Paso Chihuahuas are heading to the Pacific Coast League Championship series to defend their title after sweeping the Reno Aces Friday night.
Fans cheered as the Chihuahuas secured their win after brining in three runs at the bottom of the eighth after trailing for the majority of the game. The final score was 7 to 6.
"I think people need to realize how special it is that we've only been here four years, and three years in a row, we've won the division. That's very unusual," said Chihuahuas Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor. "So we don't want anybody to get used to it, because it's special. It shouldn't happen all of the time. And we are lucky that it is. But, I think to win something meaningful here, to advance in El Paso in South West University Park, would be extremely special and I think they would get to feel the emotion and joy that the staff and the players feel when you clinch a division. And they will be here to see it."
The Chihuahuas are the Pacific Coast League Southern Division champions by virtue of their regular season record; that put the team in the conference championship.
The Chihuahuas went to Reno and won the first two games of the best-of-five series. Game three was back in El Paso Friday night.
Fans showed up in red Friday night hoping to catch this win at home.
We met one loyal fan who has never missed one single game in four years.
She showed up with a decorated broom, hoping the Chihuahuas would sweep this series with a win.
"It's very rare, first of all, for a team to do that. Probably this year they kept pulling our players back and forth, back and forth, so these guys worked awful hard to achieve this goal," said Central El Paso resident Cecilia Sanders.
The Chihuahuas will play either Colorado Springs or Memphis in the championship series.