SPRINGDALE, Ark. — The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are headed to the Double-A Central Championship series. They'll face Wichita in a best-of-5 series beginning Tuesday.
Three things needed to happen Sunday to send the Naturals to their first postseason since 2017, and all three went their way.
First, the Naturals needed to take care of business on their end, which they did. They defeated the Springdale Cardinals 9-4, taking four out of six games in the series.
In addition, Northwest Arkansas had to get help from Frisco and Arkansas, needing both the Roughriders and Travelers to lose in order to sneak into the playoffs.
Well, both of those things happened as well. Frisco fell 14-11 to Amarillo, while Arkansas lost 11-6 to the Wichita team the Naturals will now face in the championship series.
Northwest Arkansas will host Games 1 and 2 at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale on Tuesday, September 21 and Wednesday, September 22. Both games will begin at 6:30 pm. After those first two games, the series will pivot to Wichita, including a potential winner-take-all Game 5.