What a finish: Walk-off win caps exciting 2017 season

Big-name prospects and big-name veterans highlight River Cats' 18th year

Sacramento’s slade Heathcott gets a Powerade bath as Trevor Brown looks on. Heathcott belted a walk-off home run against El Paso Sept 4,2017. Sacramento hit seven home runs in the contest, winning 10-9 in 10 innings. RalphThompson/ River Cats (Ralph Thompson)

By Sacramento River Cats | September 7, 2017 1:12 PM ET

West Sacramento, CA - The Sacramento River Cats capped off an exciting 2017 season with perhaps the most exciting win of the year, a 10-9, come-from-behind walk-off win in 10 innings Monday afternoon at Raley field. The thrilling affair was just the final note on what was another incredible season of River Cats baseball.

This, the 18th year of River Cats baseball, was highlighted by a lot of new names - mostly those of rising prospects. Sacramento started the season with four first round draft picks on the Opening Day roster: Christian Arroyo, Tyler Beede, Chris Stratton, and Kyle Crick. They added another in Chris Shaw in May, who was promoted to Triple-A after hitting .301 with six home runs and 10 doubles in 37 games.

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Many of those top prospects also saw time under the lights at AT&T Park. Arroyo and Crick each made their Major League debuts in 2017 and Stratton, whose debut came in 2016, flourished with San Francisco in August. Others who got the call from Sacramento this season include Carlos Moncrief, Tim Federowicz, Mac Williamson, Austin Slater, and many others.

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The River Cats also saw a number of high profile big leaguers take the field in West Sacramento, including three-time World Champ Madison Bumgarner. The 28-year-old lefty took the mound at Raley Field for one night, an exciting rehab start that packed the house and inspired a special level of excitement. He was joined by Johnny Cueto, another big name from San Francisco. The return of Pablo Sandoval started in West Sacramento, as well, as the former Giant and World Series MVP joined the Giants organization after a three-year absence.

Overall, Sacramento finished the season 64-77, good for fourth in the Pacific Northern Division. Despite the last place finish, the River Cats were again among the top three in the Pacific Coast League in both total and average attendance for the 18th consecutive season.

River Cats baseball will be back in West Sacramento early in 2018 as the San Francisco Giants return to Raley Field to take on their Triple-A affiliate on Saturday, March 24. The season officially kicks off on the road, but the Sacramento River Cats home opener is set for Thursday, April 10, 2018 right here at Raley Field.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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