September 3, 2007
Albany -- The South Georgia Peanuts rolled in to town in late May, and a little more than three months later, brought home Albany's first professional championship.
The Peanuts beat Macon 8-2 in the South Coast League title game last night, wrapping up a very successful first season.
Now a day after the championship, the team scattered to the wind, and there's no guarantee any of the players will be back to defend the title next season.
The League holds the rights to many of the players for next year, but if an affiliated team comes calling, they are free to leave.
Some of the players will spend the next few weeks in major league try-out camps for independent league players.
Dustin Taylor submitted perhaps his strongest effort of the year in the biggest game Saturday night, allowing just four hits in six innings of work.
"I'm at a loss for words right now," says Taylor. "This is great, it's a great group of guys, everyone deserves this. It's awesome."
Manager Wally Backman adds, "What an unbelievable, outstanding performance Dustin had. Couldn't have asked for any more from him. Just went out there like he was a veteran pitcher, being the young kid that he is, and just did a great, outstanding job."
Doc Brooks is the series MVP, as the Peanuts win the SCL championship in the leagues first year.