Down East Wood Ducks are second-half champs after beating Buies Creek

(Down East Wood Ducks photo)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. - The Down East Wood Ducks capped the second half of its Carolina League season in dramatic fashion on Monday.

The Wood Ducks captured the second-half Carolina League Southern Division title after beating Buies Creek, 10-3. The win allowed the Wood Ducks (38-32, second) to win their final three games over the Astros and take the division title. The two teams had a one-game playoff Monday after both finished tied for first at the end of the regular season on Sunday.

Respect. Thanks for a great series, @bcreekastros.

-- Down East Wood Ducks (@GoWoodDucks) September 4, 2017

The win also means the Wood Ducks will be in the Carolina League playoffs, which begin Wednesday at Grainger Stadium in Kinston against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. You can get tickets starting Tuesday at 10 a.m. for the two home playoff games, which will be Wednesday and Thursday, both at 7 p.m. Click here for more information.

The Wood Ducks (62-77 for season) got four runs in the second inning and never looked back. Churck Moorman had a RBI single before LaDarious Clark hit a three-run homer, his 13th of the season.

The Wood Ducks tacked on two more in the fifth and three in the sixth for all the cushion they would need. Wes Benjamin (10-7) was strong on the mound again, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks over 5.2 innings. Relievers Jeffrey Springs and Adam Choplick finished up from the bullpen.

On four days rest? Wes turns in another great performance! 9-3 #DEWD T7

-- Down East Wood Ducks (@GoWoodDucks) September 4, 2017

CLICK HERE to see the box score from Monday's win.

Josh Morgan and Luis La O each had three hits while Morgan scored three runs.

The comeback is complete! The Down East Wood Ducks are second-half champions! #DEWD

-- Down East Wood Ducks (@GoWoodDucks) September 4, 2017