Gamel powers Honu past CaneFires
Brewers prospect captures Hawaii home run crown
Mat Gamel won the Hawaii Winter Baseball home run crown and drove in two runs Sunday as the North Shore Honu tuned up for the Championship Game with a 7-3 victory over the West Oahu CaneFires.
The Brewers infield prospect capped a stellar stay in Hawaii with another big performance. He led off the bottom of the second inning with his eighth homer and added an RBI single in the third.
Gamel edged teammate Mike Griffin (Reds) for the league lead with 40 hits. He also topped the circuit with 73 total bases and shared the lead with Honolulu's Austin Jackson (Yankees) with 25 runs scored. The 22-year-old third baseman will play for a championship for the third time in just over two months when the Honu take on the Waikiki BeachBoys on Monday at 11 p.m. ET.
Jonathan Lucroy followed Gamel's second-inning blast with a single, fellow Brewers farmhand Stephen Chapman walked and Dan Worth (Tigers) tripled to put North Shore (26-12) in front for good, 3-2. Worth went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and fell a home run short of the cycle.
Alex Presley (Pirates) singled home Worth in the seventh, giving him six hits in his final four games.
Honu starter Blair Johnson (3-1) yielded two runs on five hits over three innings, walking one and striking out two. The Pirates prospect posted a 3.26 ERA in eight HWB appearances. Andy Cruse fanned eight and held the CaneFires to an unearned run over four innings of relief before fellow Phillies farmhand Drew Naylor struck out five and walked one over two hitless frames for his first save.
West Oahu (13-24) took the lead in the top of the second, when Josh Bell ripped a leadoff single, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when fellow Dodgers prospect Jamie Hoffmann singled to right. Hoffmann scored on Johnson's second wild pitch of the inning to make it 2-0.
Bell entered the game in an 0-for-13 drought but went 3-for-5 with a triple and a run scored.
Blue Jays farmhand Anthony Hatch singled home Kenley Jansen (Dodgers) with two outs in the sixth with the CaneFires' other run.
Cardinals Minor Leaguer Michael Cooper (1-3) was charged with four runs on five hits and three walks over four innings. He struck out four as his ERA climbed to 8.49.
Danny Wild is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.