Round 1 is in the books. Here's a glance at what happened:
In the 4-5 matchup, #5 Huntington was able to split the first two games at #4 Salt Lake City, but the Shakers went to Huntington and won both matchups by one run to take the series 3-1. The series turned on timely hitting and an untimely injury. In game 3, Che Bong drove in Ruben Hernandez in the 9th to snap a 3-3 tie and give SLC a 4-3 win, and in game 4 Huntington ace Lonny Gates had to leave in the 2nd due to injury (he should be OK for training camp). Next up for Salt Lake City: #1 Austin.
On the other side of the bracket, #3 Fargo disposed of #6 Vancouver with little trouble. Juan Flores drove in 5 runs in the 3 game sweep, as Fargo outscored the Golden Otters 23-9. Next up for Fargo: #2 Atlanta.
In the AL, #5 Seattle got past division rival #4 Las Vegas for the second straight season (last season they met in the ALCS), winning 3 games to 1. After dropping game 1, the Killer Whales won 3 straight 1 run games, one of them (game 3) on a Denny Moss RBI double in the 11th inning. Next up for Seattle: #1 Louisville.
In the other AL matchup, #3 St. Louis relied on its pitching to get by #6 Jackson 3 games to 1. After winning a wild 7-6 11 inning affair in game 1, the River City Rage held the Vipers to 4 runs for the rest of the series, including a total of 2 in the two games at Jackson (both of which were Rage wins). Next up for St. Louis: #2 Monterrey.