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COVID-19 ends Aviators' final series of season early

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

In order to provide room for “additional testing and contract tracing,” the remainder of the five-game series between Las Vegas and Reno has been canceled after playing just one game.


With the Aviators out of contention to compete in the championship series, the team could’ve prevented the Aces from reaching.


Las Vegas won the opener, 9-2, and would not take the field again after a suspected COVID-19 outbreak forced cancellations of Thursday and Friday’s games.


On Saturday, the Aviator media team announced the remainder of the series had been canceled, thus bringing an end to the 2021 campaign.


Upon conclusion of the season, Las Vegas ends the year with a 65--61 overall record and ends on a three-game win streak.


Wednesday, W, 9-2


The last third of the game provided the necessary firepower for the Aviators to pull out a 9-2 win over the Aces in the final series opener of the year.


Seven total runs were scored by Las Vegas in the last three innings.


The team led 2-0 early behind a center fielder Mickey McDonald-led offense.


In the third inning, McDonald went deep to right field for his first home run of the season.


An inning later he knocked in another run with a single.


McDonald went 3-for-6 with a home run, two singles, two runs batted in, two runs scored and a strikeout.


Reno cut the lead in half in the bottom half of the fourth.


However, a three-run seventh and another three runs in the eighth put the game out of reach for good.


Designated hitter Carlos Perez had an RBI single in the seventh, adding to his team lead for RBIs with 89.


He went 1-for-3 with a single, RBI, run scored and three walks.


Third baseman Zack Gelof smacked an RBI single four batters later while another run scored on an interference error.


Gelof went 3-for-5 with three singles, an RBI and two runs scored.


With one swing of the bat in the eighth, first baseman Francisco Peña added three more runs to the board with his 23rd home run of the year.


In addition he added to his RBI total, giving him 81 for the season, good for second on the team.


Peña went 2-for-6 with a home run, double, three RBIs and two runs scored.


Starting pitcher Homer Bailey (2-7) got off the schneid after tossing six, one-run innings allowing seven hits along the way.


He also tallied nine strikeouts to three walks.


Thursday, Canceled


According to the Reno Aces’ media team, Thursday’s game was canceled to allow for “additional testing and contact tracing” for COVID-19.


More details to come.


Friday, Canceled


According to the Reno Aces’ media team, Thursday’s game was canceled to allow for “additional testing and contact tracing” for COVID-19.


More details to come.


Saturday, Canceled


On Saturday, it was announced that the remainder of the series between Las Vegas and Reno had been canceled for more “additional testing and contract tracing.”


With that, the Aviators’ season has concluded and the team finishes with a final record of 65-61.

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