Salt River Ends 5-Game Skid; Clinches AFL East Title

Ryan Castellani pitched five strong innings for the third time in four starts, and Tyler Nevin came off the bench to deliver a game-tying single in the seventh, helping Salt River to a post-season, clinching 4-3 victory against Glendale.

The Rafters will play Peoria in the title game on Saturday.

Castellani (5.13) started and allowed one run on two hits and three walks, striking out seven in five innings. Neven went into the game defensively in the seventh, and with two out in the bottom of the seventh, he delivered a game-tying single.

The only other Rockies prospect who appeared was reliever Mitch Horacek, who struck out the three batters he faced, but was left with an 8.74 ERA.

Standings

East Division W L T PCT GB ELIM # Home Away L 10 Streak
x-Salt River Rafters 16 13 0 .552 - - 9-6 7-7 5-5 W1
Mesa Solar Sox 14 14 1 .500 1.5 E 6-8 7-7 5-5 L1
Scottsdale Scorpions 14 14 1 .500 1.5 E 6-8 7-7 4-6 W4
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West Division W L T PCT GB ELIM # Home Away L 10 Streak
x-Peoria Javelinas 20 9 0 .690 - - 10-4 10-5 7-3 L1
Glendale Desert Dogs 11 18 0 .379 9 E 6-8 5-10 3-7 L2
Surprise Saguaros 11 18 0 .379 9 E 4-11 7-7 4-6 L1
x-Clinched division

Day-by-Day

Date Game Time/W-L
Oct. 9 Salt River 10, at Surprise 8 W (1-0)
Oct. 10 Surprise 11, Salt River 9 L (1-1)
Oct. 11 Salt River 7, Scottsdale 6 (11) W (2-1)
Oct. 12 Scottsdale 6, Salt River 2 L (2-2).
Oct. 13 Off
Oct. 14 Off
Oct. 15 Peoria 13, Salt River 4 L (2-3)
Oct. 16 Salt River 2, Mesa 1 W (3-3)
Oct. 17 Salt River 6, Mesa 1 W (4-3)
Oct. 18 Salt River 2, Glendale 1 (11) W(5-3)
Oct. 19 Glendale 1, Salt River 0 L (5-4)
Oct. 20 Peoria 6, Salt River 5 L (5-5)
Oct. 21 Off
Oct. 22 Salt River 8,Surprise 5 W (6-5)
Oct. 23 Salt River 7, Surprise 5 W (7-5)
Oct. 24 Salt River 10, Scottsdale 9 W (8-5)
Oct. 25 Scottsdale 6, Salt River 5 L (8-6)
Oct. 26 Salt River 9, Peoria 2 W (9-6)
Oct. 27 Peoria 11, Salt River 5 L (9-7)
Oct. 28 Off
Oct. 29 Salt River 10, Mesa 7 W (10-7)
Oct. 30 Salt River 14, Mesa 4 W (11-7)
Oct. 31 Glendale 12, Salt River 6 L (11-8)
Nov. 1 Salt River 14 Glendale 3 W (12-8)
Nov. 2 Salt River 8, Surprise 3 W (13-8)
Nov. 3 Fall Stars Game @Surprise
Nov. 4 Off
Nov. 5 Salt River 4, Surprise 3 W (14-8)
Nov. 6 Salt River 3, Scottsdale 2 W (15-8)
Nov. 7 Peoria 8, Salt River 7 L (15-9)
Nov. 8 Open Date
Nov. 9 Mesa 5, Salt River 4 L (15-10)
Saturday Mesa 7, Salt River 2 L (15-11)
Nov. 11 Off
Nov. 12 Peoria 5, Salt River 4 (10) L (15-12
Nov. 13 Scottsdale 4, Salt River 2 L (15-13)
Nov. 14 Salt River 4, Glendale 3 CLINCHED
Thursday Salt River at Glendale 12:35 p.m.
Friday Open Date
Nov. 17 Championship Game 1:08 p.m.
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