The Arizona Fall League Championship game was a high scoring affair this season.
The Salt River Rafters defeated the Peoria Javelinas 14-7 at Scottsdale Stadium on Saturday, becoming this year’s Arizona Fall League Champions.
There were heroes on both sides but even Tampa Bay Rays’ prosepct Justin O’Conner‘s two blasts weren’t enough to help the Javelinas defeat the Rafters.
Kansas City Royals’ prospect Hunter Dozier brought the Javelinas back from a 3-0 deficit with a homer to lead off what became a huge fourth inning for the Javelinas.
“That was a crazy inning,” said Dozier. “I haven’t been a part of that too often. It’s a disappointment to lose because we did a lot of good things in this game and battled the whole season. It’s been fun.”
O’Conner followed with one of his pair that inning and another Rays’ prospect Kes Carter went yard for three in the inning off of Rafter’s starter Anthony DeSclafani of the Miami Marlins’ organization.
Royals’ prospect, centerfielder Bubba Starling almost gave Peoria their fifth home run of the inning but fell short. He did add on with a deep shot to left in the sixth.
Unforntuately for Peoria their pitching just couldn’t hold up against the likes of Minnesota Twins’ prospect, Salt River’s offense showed up ready to play too at Scottsdale Stadium on Saturday.
Minnesota Twins’ prospect Eddie Rosario went 4-5 on the day with two singles, a double and a solo blast to lead the Rafters to their seven-run victory.
The Rafters kept the ball on the ground through most of the game and still plated 14 runners. Most notably, Evan Marzilli of the Arizona Diamondbacks tripled in the fifth and Colorado Rockies’ prospect Ryan Casteel hit a bomb for Salt River in the seventh to lead Salt River to the 2014 Arizona Fall League title.