ADELANTO, CA - The JetHawks finished the regular season on a very high note. With the playoffs looming, Lancaster beat the High Desert Mavericks, 11-5, on Monday in Adelanto to take three of four from the first place Mavs. But the day's biggest story was Delino DeShields Jr.
The JetHawks second baseman stole second base after drawing a walk in the top of the seventh to give him 100 stolen bases between his time with Low A Lexington and Lancaster. DeShields stole third base later in the inning and finished the season with 101 steals, the most ever for an Astros minor leaguer.
DeShields had failed on his previous three attempts to steal his 100th bag. He had been caught twice over the previous two games in the series and was thrown out trying to steal second in the fifth inning on Monday.
Jonathan Meyer hit two home runs in the game and drove in five runs to share the spotlight with DeShields. Meyer's season-high in RBIs gave him 57 for the season to go along with eight home runs.
Meyer gave starter Blair Walters (3-3) a lead in the second inning with a two-run home run. After Steven Proscia put the Mavericks on the board with a solo home run in the third, Meyer hit a three-run shot to put his team up, 5-1.
Telvin Nash followed Meyer's second home run with a solo shot, his 29th of the season. Nash ended the season one home run shy of San Jose's Adam Duvall for the Cal League home run title.
Walters hit a bump in the road in the sixth inning and allowed four runs before he was replaced by reliever Brad Dydalewicz. Walters finished his final regular season start allowing five runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Lancaster broke the game open with three runs in the seventh. Andrew Aplin drove in two runs with a triple and scored on a wild pitch.
Taylor Stanton (6-5) suffered the loss allowing six runs on nine hits, including three home runs, over 5 2/3 innings.
Dydalewicz, Patrick Urckfitz, Kenny Long and Jorge De Leon combined to throw 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to finish the game.
The JetHawks (74-66) will await the winner of the South Division's second wild card spot before finding out where they will travel and who they will play for Game 1 on Wednesday. The Mavs (83-56) have a first round bye and will play the winner of the Mini-Series in Game 1 of the South Division Finals on Saturday in Adelanto.
The JetHawks have clinched a playoff spot and home field advantage in the South Division Mini-Series. Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) will be played at The Hangar on September 6th & 7th. Tickets to all potential 2012 home playoff games are on sale now. For more information please contact the JetHawks box office at (661) 726-5400.
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