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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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Dingers Keep Rafters Close, Surprise Clinches in Least Surprising Way

Cubs Prospect Albert Almora led his Mesa Solar Sox to a victory to stay on top of the AFL East.  (Photo Courtesy Carrie Muskat)

Cubs Prospect Albert Almora led his Mesa Solar Sox with his bat and glove to a victory to stay on top of the AFL East.
(Photo Courtesy Carrie Muskat)

With three games left in the Arizona Fall League, you could be forgiven for expecting the players to be showing a bit more fatigue. With many of the roster spots going to prospects who played the entire regular season in the minors, it would be understandable to see less hustle and less highlight catches, it must be harder to focus and get the big hit toward the end of such a grind. ¬†Watching yesterday’s games play out around the AFL, if there were any tired players out there I would need to have them pointed out.

 

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