Silver Hawks championship series condensed; Bees named champions

The Midwest League Championship Series has been ended early, and officials have named the Burlington Bees 2008 champions.

South Bend's Silver Hawks played and lost two lopsided games to the Bees, and were scheduled to play a third game on Friday. After that game was cancelled due to poor weather, officials called for play to continue on Saturday.

The strong rains continued, and Saturday's game had to be cancelled.

Midwest League bylaws stipulate that a five game championship series can be changed to a three game series if there is consistent inclement weather.

Midwest League president George Spelius was in town Saturday and made the announcement.

This is actually the second time that the Silver Hawks have had a championship series ended prematurely. In 2001, South Bend was down one game when the 9/11 attacks occurred.

The Silver Hawks were named co-champions in that series.

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