With 10 days left in a unchanging season, a Slammers went on a highway for a week and came behind with a multiplication title.
Shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez forked out a expectation played to a team’s benefit.
“I consider there was something to a fact that we didn’t bind early, that a games were meaningful,” Rodriguez said. “We showed when we indispensable to win some games, we were means to do it.”
The Slammers took 3 of 4 games opposite Washington and afterwards clinched a Frontier League East Division during a Lake Erie array to acquire their initial playoff berth given they won a joining in 2011.
“First and foremost, removing in a playoffs is sparkling to us,” pronounced Slammers manager Jeff Isom said, who’s in his third year. “Our idea during a start of a deteriorate was we wish to win a championship.
“But in sequence to get that championship, you’ve got to make a playoffs. So we’re one step closer.”
Before they leave Joliet again to open a best-of-five multiplication array Tuesday opposite Evansville, a Slammers have their final regular-season home array to soak in a title.
Slammers owners Nick Semaca congratulated a group on a margin before Friday’s array opener opposite Traverse City during Silver Cross Field.
“Let’s give them a turn of acclaim and send them to a playoffs in style,” Semaca pronounced to a crowd. “We’re unequivocally vehement that we’re going to keep personification round in September.”
The Slammers also claimed 3 particular awards to go with a multiplication title. Right-hander Liam O’Sullivan was named pitcher of a year, Isom won manager of a year and Andrew Gates was named tutor of a year by a league.
O’Sullivan (11-1, 3.32 ERA) led a joining in wins and was second in strikeouts (109). He returned to a Slammers on Jul 7 reduction than a week after a Diamondbacks declined to pointer him after he underwent an MRI on his shoulder.
“When that happened, we struggled with a whole routine of it all,” O’Sullivan said. “It was my initial shot during dependent ball. It apparently didn’t work out, though my idea when we came behind here was to do a best we could do for this team. Win as many games as we could. we couldn’t have finished it though these guys.”
Isom had identical thoughts about winning manager of a year. He also warranted a endowment in 2002 with Washington.
“I’m happy about carrying that award, though carrying a people around me that we do creates me demeanour good,” Isom said. “Part of my endowment is due to (assistant coach) Chris Mongiardo and Gates, and apparently a players.”
Joliet (50-43) won only 40 games dual years ago and 42 final season.
“That left a bad ambience in my mouth,” Isom said. “I feel like we did a good pursuit of bringing guys behind who were good honourable from final year. That’s been a core of a offense for this season.”
Rodriguez played all 96 games with a Slammers final deteriorate and has been among a team’s heading hitters again.
“We have these subsequent few days to kind of pat ourselves on a back, afterwards it’s on to a subsequent series,” Rodriguez said.
Third baseman Jake Gronsky also appreciates carrying a final array before a playoffs.
“We can start removing a bodies prepared, get a group prepared,” he said. “Get ourselves prepared to go.”
As for subsequent year, a Slammers announced Friday they will horde a 2017 All-Star Game on Jul 12 during Silver Cross Field.
Tim Tierney is a freelance author for a Daily Southtown.