The Lynchburg Hillcats came from behind twice, with Adam Milligan's 11th inning sacrifice fly giving them the walkoff win, making them the 2012 Carolina League Champions.
Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Winston-Salem Dash 4, 11 innings
- Nick Ahmed SS 4-5, 3 2B, RBI
- Edward Salcedo 3B 1-5, 2B, E
- Michael Spina DH 1-4, 2B, RBI
- Adam Milligan PH-RF 0-2, SF, RBI
- Aaron Northcraft 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K
- Ryan Weber 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
- John Cornely 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 7 K, W
The Hillcats got on the board first, with leadoff man Dan Brewer's walk followed by a Nick Ahmed double and a RBI groundout by Tommy La Stella, but the Dash came back with a run in the top of the 2nd. Lynchburg starter Aaron Northcraft left after 6 innings, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, with the Dash leading 3-1. The Hillcats would mount their first comeback in the bottom of the 6th, with Dan Brewer, who walked, scoring on a Nick Ahmed double and Ahmed eventually scoring on a wild pitch to tie the game at 3. The tie wouldn't last, as Ian Marshall came on in the 7th, allowing a double and a sacrifice bunt before being relieved by Matt Chaffee, who would allow the runner to score from third on a sacrifice fly. The Hillcats would go into the bottom of the 9th down a run, but back to back doubled by Edward Salcedo and Michael Spina tied the game, sending it to extra innings. After a scoreless 10th and top of the 11th, Matt Weaver singled to leadoff the bottom of the 11th. Braeden Schlehuber moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt and reached first himself thanks to an error by the pitcher. After a pitching change, Myke Jones hit an infield single, loading the bases. Adam Milligan, who entered the game in the 8th as a pinch hitter, lofted a ball to right field, scoring Weaver from third, giving the Hillcats the game and series win. Nick Ahmed, who had 4 hits in the game, including 3 doubles, was named the series MVP. At one point in the game, Lynchburg had 3 runs on 3 hits, all Ahmed doubles. Righty reliever John Cornely earned the win with a fantastic outing, striking out 7 over 3 shutout innings.
It's been a great Minor League season for the Atlanta Braves organization, and it ended in a wonderful way. Congratulations to the 2012 Lynchburg Hillcats, the Carolina League Champions!