The Asheville Tourists made a gallant run at the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division second-half title, staying in the race until the final series of the 2018 season.
But the run ended Friday night with an 11-7 loss at home to Rome, Ga., allowing Lexington, Ky., to clinch the division crown.
The Tourists (35-30) have bounced back impressively from a poor first half (27-42) and are assured of a winning mark in the second half with three games left to play.
Greenville (S.C.) and the Tourists are tied for second place in the Southern Division, four games behind Lexington.
Asheville closes the season at McCormick Field with three games vs. Rome, Saturday at 6:05 p.m., Sunday at 7:05 and Monday at 1:05.
Asheville outfielder and SAL Most Valuable Player Casey Golden hit his league-leading 34rd home run for the Tourists in Friday night’s loss.
He needs five RBIs in his final three games to reach 100.
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