BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Biloxi Shuckers had the bases loaded with no outs in the top of the second and failed to score. That was a sign of things to come.
The crowd of 2,275 at AT&T Field in Chattanooga would cheer on their Lookouts in the bottom of the second. Heiker Meneses led off the inning with a triple off Shuckers ace Jorge Lopez. With one out, former Ole Miss catcher Stuart Turner doubled to left field, Meneses raced home with the games first run.
Shannon Wilkerson followed with a RBI single to center fielder and the Lookouts had a 2-0 advantage.
Bottom third, a name Shuckers fans won't forget, Max Kepler...stepped up to the plate and smacked a solo home run. Remember in game two, Kepler blasted a grand slam and solo home run to help Chattanooga tie the best-of-five series at one win apiece.
Lopez lasted 3 innings and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits with 2 base on balls and 2 strikeouts.
The Lookouts added another run in the bottom of the seventh.
D.J. Baxendale started the game for Chattanooga and gave up 0 runs on 4 hits, 3 strikeouts and 3 walks in five innings. He was relieved by Jason Wheeler. He would give up only 1 hit in four innings and was named the Southern League Championship Series MVP. He pitched a shutout win over the Shuckers in game one.
In a losing cause, Michael Reed and Brett Phillips each had 2 hits in 4 trips to the plate for the Shuckers.
Manager Carlos Subero and his Shuckers can stand tall. They enjoyed a banner season, especially when you consider Biloxi had to play the first 54 games on the road while MGM Park was under construction.