Toru Murata pitched into the seventh inning and Ryan Rohlinger had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run to lead the Aeros to the Eastern League championship with a 6-1 win over the host Trenton Thunder on Saturday night.
The championship is the first for the Aeros since 2009 and the fourth in franchise history. Akron also won in 2003 and 2005.
Murata (1-0, 1.42) gave up three hits, one a solo home run by J.R. Murphy in the bottom of the second inning, struck out seven and did not walk a batter.
Preston Guilmet picked up his fifth save, surviving a bases-loaded ninth inning by retiring Rob Segedin on a force play.
The Aeros scored two runs in the second on an RBI triple by Adam Abraham and a sacrifice fly by Rohlinger.
Roberto Perez doubled home Rohlinger in the fifth for a 3-1 lead. In the ninth, Jordan Henry’s single drove in two runs, and Davis Stoneburner scored on an error.