With a full moon and deep in the heart of Texas the Arkansas Travelers pulled off the improbable Monday night, winning the '08 Texas League Championship. They crushed the Frisco RoughRiders with a huge seven run sixth, capped by a two run homer by Brian Stavisky. The Riders self-destructed in the inning, committing error after error and the Travs took advantage taking the final and deciding game 11-3.
A finish no one could have imagined during an eight game losing streak in August. Despite being mired in last place through out the second-half the Travelers eeked in to the playoffs by winning over Springfield in a thrilling come from behind extra inning victory on the final day of the first-half.
Not many, myself not included, gave the Travelers much of a chance in the initial round of the playoffs against Northwest Arkansas. I had mentioned in posts prior to the playoffs, I thought the Travs would have to be reckoned with, especially with the addition of their new young slugging prospects, Mark Trumbo and Hank Conger. It worked out that way, except no one including myslef ever dreamed the club would sweep the Naturals in three.
So going into tonight's fifth and deciding game of the Series, it would have seemed momentum would have swung to the Riders who won game four Sunday night. But it was the RoughRiders, who fell apart and the Travelers cruised to the Texas League Title for I'm sure the most improbable title in the Club's history.
A team that some how climbed out of one hole after another all season. Would you call them over acheivers? I don't think so, not after winning every big game they had to win. And after taking it to the heavily favored Frisco RoughRiders and winning two of three on their turf, you just simply can call them.... CHAMPS!
|September 15, 2008|
Post by Lonesome Traveler