September 2, 2007
Albany - South Georgia Peanuts manager Wally Backman had two aces on his pitching staff this season.
But it was lefthander Dustin Taylor who delivered the biggest pitching performance of the season in the Peanuts 8-2 win over Macon in the third and final game of the South Coast League Championship Series Sunday night at the Paul Eames Complex.
Taylor allowed just four hits in six scoreless innings while the Peanuts offense scored runs in six of the eight innings in which they hit.
The Peanuts scored twice in the first with Desi Wilson driving home on Curtis Goodwin, Senior and then Jasha Balcom plated Doc Brooks with a single to left.
In the third, SCL series Most Valuable Player Doc Brooks hit a solo homerun to add the lead to 3-0.
South Georgia added another run in the fifth with Wilson singling in Joey Hooft and broke it open thanks to a throwing error by Macon third baseman Ismael Castro in the sixth.
With the bases loaded and one out, Mike Caruso hit a ground ball to Castro whose throw home sailed by Music catcher Felipe Del Rosario.
That scored not only Kyle Keen from third but Curtis Goodwin, Sr. from second.
The Peanuts got a run from pitcher Austin Weilep who doubled home Nick Procise and Desi Wilson closed out the scoring with a two out single in the eighth.
After the game, the Peanuts celebrated at midfield and South Coast League President Jamie Toole presented Wally Backman with the Ferro Cup to the first ever champions of the South Coast League and fans came out of the stands to celebrate the city's first ever professional sports championship.
Dustin Taylor said "Just wanted to come out and throw strikes and let my defense work. All the guys there are always going to get runs for us. If just kept within two or three runs, I knew we could win tonight."
Doc Brooks said "We came out and we played pitch by pitch and out by out and hoped we would come out on top and we did.
Wally Backman said "We lost some players who were well deserving of this championship as well because they helped us win that first half as well. It is has been a fun season. It has been a great season. These guys did a great job for us."
After Dustin Taylor left, Austin Weilep pitched two innings and Drew Shetrone pitched a perfect ninth inning to end the Peanuts first season with a championship."
September 1, 2007
Albany - Macon Music pitcher Ross Stout held the South Georgia to Peanuts to one run in seven innings and the Music evened South Coast League Championship Series at a game each with a 5-1 Saturday night at the Paul Eames Complex.
The Music victory sets up a third and final game to decide who will be the first ever South Coast League Champion Sunday at 7:10 p.m. at the Paul Eames Complex.
The Music scored first with Ismael Castro singling home Dorian Rojas.
The Peanuts answered in their first at bat with a leadoff single by Curtis Goodwin, Sr.
He stole second and scored on a single by Joey Hooft.
After giving up a leadoff single in the second, Stout then retired 11 straight batters before Goodwin singled in the fifth.
A triple by Steven Trout scored Casey Garrison in the top of the second to put Macon back in front 2-1.
The Music then added insurance runs with a Rojas single in the seventh scoring Carlos Arroyo.
Albany's Justin Huff plated a run for Macon in the eighth on a squeeze bunt and the Music added another run in the ninth.
August 31, 2007
Macon - The South Georgia Peanuts take game one in the South Coast League Championship series Peanuts beat macon 6-3.
Peanuts shortstop Johnny Washington with a two-run homerun in the first inning.
Jerome Gamble will try to finish off the Music in game two Saturday at 7:10 p.m. at the Paul Eames Complex in Albany.