The Biloxi Shuckers made a solid run at the South Division first-half title, but came up 3 1/2 games shy. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos wrapped-up a playoff berth after posting 40 wins and 30 losses.
Biloxi was 36 and 33.
The Shuckers won 18 homes games as opposed to 17 defeats. Biloxi was 18 and 16 in away games.
Pitching is always a key in winning championships and the Blue Wahoos led the Southern League with an impressive 2.71 earned run average. Former Shucker Austin Ross, the former LSU standout, led the league with a 5-0 record and 1.21 ERA.
Biloxi posted a team earned run average of 3.41 with Aaron Wilkerson leading the way for the Shuckers with a 3.36 ERA, 5 wins and 3 losses.
So who led the Southern League in team batting? That honor went to the Jackson Generals, closing out the first-half with a .267 batting average.
The Biloxi Shuckers had a team batting average of .240. Shortstop Mauricio Dubon led Biloxi, batting .286 with 24 runs batted in.
The Birmingham Barons led the Southern League with an average attendance of 6,336 fans per game. Jacksonville was second with 5,590 fans. In third place, the Tennessee Smokies who averaged 4,812 fans. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos averaged 4,331, Montgomery 3,426 , Chattanooga 3,340 fans, the Mississippi Braves in seventh place averaging 2,920 fans.
The Biloxi Shuckers occupy eighth place in attendance with 2,602 fans. The Jackson Generals and Mobile BayBears bring up the rear with just over 1,700 fans.
The Shuckers are hoping the weather will cooperate with game one of the five-game series with the Braves getting underway 6:35 p.m. Thursday at MGM Park.
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