Different Circumstances, Same Results
Last night’s division-clinching victory was much different than the Dash’s first-half triumph.
In June, the Dash jumped out to a big lead before holding on for the win. Last night, Lynchburg’s three-run lead was an early obstacle.
In June, Winston was playing some of its best baseball of the season when it clinched at Wilmington. Last night, the Dash were aiming to avoid their longest losing streak of the season, which still sits at a meager three games.
In June, the Dash needed to best a struggling Wilmington squad on the road in order to knock down a division crown. Last night, the Blue Rocks completed a sweep of second-place Myrtle Beach to help the Dash to another division title.
In June, Erik Johnson and Keenyn Walker were in Kannapolis with a middle-of-the-road South Atlantic League squad. Last night, Johnson earned the win and Walker made a spectacular game-winning catch.
In June, Taylor Thompson was on the disabled list after a tough first half. Last night, he was wrapping up his 12th save and adding to his remarkable second-half resume.
In June, the Dash stormed into the clubhouse for a special celebration. Last night, more than 4,000 fans at BB&T Ballpark applauded as their hometown team simply slapped hands in the middle of the diamond.
In June, the jury was still out about the Mills Cup favorite. Last night, the Dash officially assumed that large target following their 84th victory.
However, all of these differences still resulted in one undeniable similarity between June 16 and August 30.
Winston-Salem had once against clinched the best record in the Carolina League during the current half.
Winston is two-thirds of the way to a clean CL sweep in 2012. However, this next two-week journey is the defining period of the season. A championship is on the line, and the Dash will fight with Myrtle Beach, Lynchburg and Wilmington for the league’s greatest prize.
That’s why last night was so different after the game. There was no need to celebrate, because the important part of the season begins in five days.
And it will kick off at BB&T Ballpark, the home of the Carolina League’s overwhelming favorite.