The Tri-City Dust Devils have won the Northwest League North Division first-half championship.
They entered Sunday tied for first place with Everett but holding the first-half tiebreaker. That meant a Dust Devils win or an AquaSox loss would give Tri-City the first-half title.
Before the first pitch of Tri-City’s matchup with Spokane at Gesa Stadium, Everett lost 6-2 to Vancouver, which finalized the Dust Devils playoff berth.
It’s the Dust Devils’ first postseason appearance since 2011, when they won their third East Division title in five seasons before losing the NWL championship.
It’s also Tri-City’s first NWL playoff berth as a San Diego Padres affiliate, a partnership that began this season.
The Dust Devils did lose 6-4 to Spokane in 10 innings Sunday, but the loss was tempered by the fact they did not need to win to secure a spot in the postseason.
Jose Carlos Urena hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie and put the Dust Devils up 3-1. It was his team-leading fourth homer of the year, and put him into a tie for second place among NWL RBI leaders with 29.
The Indians countered with three runs in the top of the ninth to take a 4-3 lead, but Tri-City tied the score at 4 when Rod Boykin drew a bases-loaded walk off Spokane reliever Emerson Martinez.
Spokane pulled ahead 6-4 in the top of the 10th, getting back-to-back one-out home runs from Jamie Potts and Dylan Moore off Dust Devils reliever Brandon Fry.
Fry (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings. Martinez (3-3) got the win for Spokane despite giving up three runs on four hits and three walks in four innings. Kohsuke Tomita picked up his second save despite walking two batters in the bottom of the 10th.