Pitching has been the key for the Danville Braves all season, so it should be no surprise that an outstanding pitching performance nailed down the Appy League Championship.
Lefty Matt Crim, who was drafted in the 21st round by the Braves and became the Appy League Pitcher of the Year, pitched a complete game shutout as Danville beat Elizabethton 5-0 Thursday night.
Crim allowed only four hits, walked one, and struck out five for the clinching victory. He was 10-2 this season in 13 regular season games (11 starts), with a 3.18 ERA. Crim allowed 70 hits in 68 innings, with only 10 walks, and 48 strikeouts.
Danville scored three runs in the third and solo runs in the fifth and seventh innings.
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