(Huntsville, AL) - The Huntsville Stars' season came to a close on Monday evening after a nail-biting contest against the Chattanooga Lookouts in the first round of the Southern League Playoffs. The Stars took the fall in the deciding fifth game with a 7-6 loss, leaving Nick Shaw on third base in the top of the 9th with two outs.
The Stars finished the 2014 slate with an overall regular season record of 77-63. Dominating the first half of the season, the Stars earned the first half Northern Division title and a playoff berth by the first week of June. Huntsville compiled an 11-3 series record before the break, dropping two series to the Mobile BayBears, the eventual Southern Division champs for the first half.
Ten players from the Stars were named to the All-Star roster, the most of any team in the North division. Starters Tyler Cravy, Drew Gagnon, Taylor Jungmann, and Brent Suter, closer David Goforth, and reliever Arcenio Leon highlighted the pitching staff. First baseman Nick Ramirez and third baseman Jason Rogers accompanied them, while catcher Shawn Zarraga and utility man Josh Prince were named as alternates.
Rogers, Cravy, Jungmann, and Leon were amongst the various promotions to Triple-A Nashville Sounds at midseason. Rogers, converted to third from first baseman in 2014, later earned his Major League debut as a September call up with the parent club Milwaukee Brewers.
For the season, three Stars led the Southern League in individual statistics. Ramirez recorded 82 RBI, the third straight season that a Huntsville first baseman has paced the category (Rogers in 2013 and Hunter Morris in 2012). Goforth was tops with 27 saves while finishing a league high 44 games. Prince racked up 37 stolen bases to earn the league's Best Hustler Award. Ramirez (Designated Hitter) and Goforth (Relief Pitcher) joined him on the Southern League Post-Season All-Star Team.
The Brewers honored four Stars and pitching coach Chris Hook with invitations to the Arizona Fall League. Newly promoted outfielder Tyrone Taylor joins Ramirez, Zarraga and pitcher Brooks Hall as potential members of the Glendale Desert Dogs, which opens play on Tuesday, October 7th in the Phoenix area.
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