Eric Young Wins AFL Batting Title

November 20, 2008 by  

Colorado Rockies prospect Eric Young Jr. wins the 2008 Arizona Fall League batting title by finishing up with a .430 batting average. The Rockies prospect is, yet another, Arizona baseball product from Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Eric finished the season off just ahead of the Phillies Jason Donald for the title. Along with his average, Young also stole 20 bases, hit two grand slams in his five home run count, with 20 RBIs in his 37 runs scored. Well deserved of the title, we congratulate switch-hitting outfielder Eric Young.

Although Young performed well all season and had one home run and three RBIs on Thursday, the Desert Dogs continue their skid as they are beaten by the Peoria Javelinas by a score of 13-6. Peoria would contribute with an offensive flurry that included four home runs of their own. Phoenix would lead early in the game before the offensive onslaught came about as they lost to the Javelinas in Peoria.

In a tight game in Surprise, the Peoria Saguaros would play their final game against the Rafters. In the bottom of the third inning, the Rafters would take the lead early before the Saguaros generated enough runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take the lead back from the Rafters. Ian Desmond of the Washington Nationals organization would hit the home run that would be the difference in the game in the top of the eighth inning of play. In an effort to come back, Surprise would only be able to generate one more run that would not prove to be enough as they lose to the Saguaros at home.

In Mesa, the Scottsdale Scorpions we determined to make a statement by beating the championship bound Mesa Solar Sox. In an offensive showdown which resulted in 9 home runs between the teams, the Scorpions’ final game of the season would be a seesaw battle as the teams exchange the lead seven different times. In an awesome game to end the regular season, both teams would pitch 16 strikeouts collectively, in a game where pitching obviously was not the highlight. Nine different players would hit the long ball as the Scottsdale Scorpions come out on top in the tenth and final inning. The Scorpions win the game by a score of 10-9.

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