GENEVA, Ill. — The Clinton LumberKings have qualified for the 2016 Midwest League playoffs.
Clinton defeated Kane County 6-3 on Saturday, and with the win, the LumberKings can get either the first or second place spots in the Western Division. This is the first playoff berth in the first half since 2008.
Art Warren won his eighth game of the season. He allowed one earned run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Warren will be one of four Clinton all-stars in Tuesday's All-Star Game in Cedar Rapids.
Alex Jackson brought in the go-ahead run with a double in the sixth inning. It is Jackson's 23rd RBI this season.
"It’s a blast," Jackson said via telephone from the visitors clubhouse. "Being able to celebrate this is amazing. We definitely have come a long way."
Ricky Eusebio was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Eusebio served as the designated hitter on Saturday, and once Cedar Rapids lost to Quad-Cities 3-2, Eusebio knew right away. However, he had to keep it a secret.
"It was hard (not telling anybody)," Eusebio said. "I had a huge smile on my face, and guys were asking me why I was smiling, and I was like 'no reason.' "
Clinton and Peoria are tied for first place entering Sunday's first-half finale. No matter if Peoria wins or loses on Sunday, if the L'Kings win, they win the division. The only scenario that Clinton get finish second is if it loses tomorrow and the Chiefs win.
See more from Saturday's and Sunday's games in Monday's Herald.