Celebrate Good Times…

The 2012 IL South Division Champions are: The Charlotte Knights!

(Fort Mill, SC) – The Charlotte Knights are headed to the playoffs.

For the first time since 2006, Knights Stadium will host postseason baseball as the Charlotte Knights clinched the top spot in the International League South Division with an impressive 2-1 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox on Friday night.

Charlotte’ first round opponent will be the Indianapolis Indians, who clinched the top spot in the International League West Division on Thursday. The Knights will open at Victory Field on Wednesday, September 5 and play game two from Indianapolis on Thursday, September 6.

The Knights will host the Indians in game three of the first round on Friday, September 7 and could host two more games of the best-of-five series if necessary at Knights Stadium. (September 8-9).

As for Friday’s game, RHP Matt Zaleski (6-5, 3.77) tossed six solid innings and allowed just one run on two hits to earn the victory. Three relievers (Leyson Septimo, Daniel Moskos, and Jhan Carlos Marinez) combined to throw three scoreless innings. Marinez earned his fourth save of the season after shutting the door in the ninth.

The Knights scored both of their runs in the bottom of the first inning, courtesy of Jose Lopez, who came through with a two-run single off of Pawtucket starter Steven Wright (0-1, 3.00). The Knights held Pawtucket to just four hits.

Manager Joel Skinner has now guided two teams to an International League Division title. Skinner took the Buffalo Bisons to an IL North Division crown in 2000.

Full first round schedule, with playoff ticket options below:

Governors’ Cup Playoffs – Round One Schedule (Best of 5-Series)

Wednesday, September 5 Charlotte Knights at Indianapolis Indians – 7:05 PM Victory Field

Thursday, September 6 Charlotte Knights at Indianapolis Indians – 7:05 PM Victory Field

Friday, September 7 Indianapolis Indians at Charlotte Knights – 7:15 PM Knights Stadium

Saturday, September 8 (as necessary) – Indianapolis Indians at Charlotte Knights – 7:15 PM Knights Stadium

Sunday, September 9 (as necessary) – Indianapolis Indians at Charlotte Knights – 2:15 PM Knights Stadium

Playoff tickets are currently on-sale. Single-game ticket prices remain unchanged for the playoffs with Field Box tickets priced at $15 (day of game) or $14 (advance). Lower Level Reserved tickets are priced at $13 (day of game) or $12 (advance). General Admission seating will not be available for purchase during the 2012 playoffs.

Tickets are available at the Knights Ticket Office located at Knights Stadium, online at http://www.charlotteknights.com, or by phone at 704-357-8071 (North Carolina) or 803-548-8050 (South Carolina).

I interviewed three players and also posted two press conferences from Friday night. Check them out here: Knights TV

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