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Kansas City Monarchs win 3rd American Association title

Monarchs beat Fargo-Moorhead 8-1 for title
Kansas City Monarchs win American Association championship
Posted at 6:21 PM, Sep 20, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Monarchs clinched their third American Association title against the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks on Monday night.

The Monarchs defeated the RedHawks 8-1 to sweep the best-of-five series 3-0.

Kansas City won the South Division with a 69-31, which was the best record in the American Association by six games.

The Monarchs, who were rebranded under new ownership in January after being founded as the T-Bones, went undefeated in the playoffs, dispatching Sioux City 3-0 in the semifinals before also sweeping Fargo-Moorhead.

When the team took the field in May, it marked the first time in 56 years a professional baseball called the Monarchs took the field in Kansas City.

Gabriel Guerrero's three-run double in the third inning, which scored former Royals outfielder Paulo Orlando among others, provided all the runs the Monarchs would need.

Guerrero added an RBI single in the fifth and Morgan McCullough socked a two-run double in the sixth.

Keyvius Sampson scattered four hits and struck out four, allowing only an unearned run in five innings before a quartet of relievers each pitched a scoreless inning to clinch the championship.

Orlando, McCullough and Darnell Sweeney, who had an eighth-inning RBI single, each had three hits for the Monarchs.