VIPERS FINISH SEASON ON WINNING NOTE

The Calgary 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.

On Sunday, 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.

Cody 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.