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Tragedy Strikes Salt River! (Not Really, But Still)

Mike Montgomery, like most of his Rafters teammates, put up a stellar performance in his efforts to keep them in the hunt. (Photo Courtesy of MLB.com)

Mike Montgomery, like most of his Rafters teammates, put up a stellar performance in his efforts to keep them in the hunt.
(Photo Courtesy of MLB.com)

Closing their season with a nigh-heroic seven game win streak, the Salt River Rafters marched dominantly into second place to close the AFL season after never quite challenging the also surging Mesa Solar Sox, winning six of their own in a row to keep their half-game lead. It was a tenuous week for fans of either team but a truly awful outcome for the players and fans of the Rafters, who did nothing but win and ‘couldn’t catch a break.’ It seems as if the Rafters were destined to lose, or if one looks at it positively, the Solar Sox were destined to win. This obviously isn’t true; the Sox’ team of top prospects played slightly better baseball earlier in the season and therefore are obviously deserving of their placement in the championship game against the hard-hitting Surprise Saguaros, but the point that I am laboriously making is that it was only slightly.

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