VIPERS FINISH SEASON ON WINNING NOTE
Vipers ended an unbelievably successful season Sunday afternoon
taking a 6-5 come from behind win from
the Kansas City T-Bones, good for their 6th straight
win. The Vipers end up missing the Northern League playoffs by just
half a game, but a lack of postseason life won’t take away from the
2005 success story that was the Calgary Vipers. Later this week, a
release will follow highlighting the season and the accomplishments
of the Vipers.
Calgary got down early when the T-Bones were able to score 4 runs
off of Starter Kevin Lee in the 1st inning. But Calgary
would cut the lead in half in their half of the opening frame
starting with a leadoff single from Pedro Santana. After stealing
second, Carlos Duncan would bring his good friend home on an RBI
single, his 79th of the year. Duncan, after stealing his
58th and 59th bases of the year extending his
league record, would later score from third on a wild pitch.
Again it was
Duncan 2 innings later who brought the
Vipers within 1 smacking a 2 out solo homerun to deep left field.
His 20th bomb of the year makes him the only player in
the league to reach the 20-20 mark, with homeruns and stolen bases.
With the score 5-3 in the 7th, Jason Colson would get in
on the long ball action smacking his 12th of the year to
left field to cut the lead to 1 once again.
It was in
Calgary’s final inning at the plate that they would finally take the
lead, and it started with a 1 out double from Drew Miller. 2
batters later, J.D. Foust would come through in the clutch like he
has done all year bring Miller home to tie the game at
5. For Foust, it was his 46th
RBI of the year which puts him in 4th spot overall on the
Vipers this season. After Foust would steal second base Jason
Colson would walk to bring Adam Shorsher
to the plate. The all star catcher would come through in the clutch
as well, singling to right for his 43rd RBI of the season
and Calgary’s 51st win of the year.
Cillo picks up the win in just under 2
innings of superb relief work. The right hander now moves to 4-2 on
the year as he gave up just 1 hit in his work on the mound. Mike
Cosgrove, who gave up the winning run in the 8th, gets
hit with the loss dropping him to 0-3 in 10 appearances. T-Bones
starter Greg Bicknell set another league record Sunday with his 5
innings on the mound. The previous record of 162.0 innings pitched
in a season fell and now sits at 167.1. The right hander set a
record previously this year when he recorded his 16th win
of the season.
The Vipers finish
the season at a 51-44 clip and the second half at 26-22. There are
numerous Calgary players getting strong consideration for post
season awards and the post season all star team. Results will be
announced on Monday.