Greensboro Grasshoppers headed to the High A East Championship Series vs. Bowling Green Hot Rods

Final:Greensboro Grasshoppers 5, Hudson Valley Renegades 2

from Jeff Mills at

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. ? The Greensboro Grasshoppers are officially a playoff team.

Matt Gorski hit a two-run home run, Will Matthiessen drove in two runs and right-hander Steven Jennings pitched four scoreless innings of relief as Greensboro beat the Hudson Valley Renegades 5-2 at Dutchess Stadium on Thursday night to clinch a berth in the High-A East championship series.

Now a year after no baseball at all, we get extra baseball next week.

The second-seeded Hoppers (73-44) will host the top-seeded Bowling Green Hot Rods (80-36) in Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-five championship series on Tuesday and Wednesday at First National Bank Field in Greensboro. Next Thursday is a travel day to Bowling Green, which hosts Games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary) Sept. 24-26.

The Hot Rods and Hoppers finished first and second in the South Division, but the two teams with the best records in the entire 12-team league ? regardless of division ? earned playoff berths.

Greensboro eliminated North Division champ Hudson Valley (69-48) by rallying late from a 2-0 deficit Thursday.

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