SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The 2022 Arizona Fall League season ended much in the very same style that the World Series did: gamers with “Astros” splayed throughout their chests breaking into a title-winning craze on the diamond.
The longest video game in AFL postseason history (11 innings) concluded when Championship Game MVP Scott Schreiber laced a walk-off single to the left-center-field space for Surprise, swinging the pendulum of the supreme seesaw affair in its favor. For the very first time given that 2013, the Saguaros sit atop the fall circuit throne with a 7-6 win.
Surprise never ever led in the last video game of the domestic baseball project up until the last swing. Glendale kept the pressure on throughout, however the accomplice of Astros, Phillies, Pirates, Rangers and Royals potential customers constantly clawed back, requiring the video game to an 11th frame.
“I said it in that inning, ‘I’m tired of answering all game. Like we keep answering, we keep answering — knock them out,’” Surprise supervisor Mickey Storey stated. “And Scotty knocked them out.”
Storey, the skipper of Houston’s Triple-A affiliate at Sugar Land, supervise the 3rd walk-off in AFL title video game history, which had an unique Astros taste. Entering the frame down a run, 3rd baseman Will Wagner — who divided 2022 in between High-A Asheville and Double-A Corpus Christi and consequently took pleasure in a breakout Fall League project (1.145 OPS) — flared an opposite-field double that connected the contest for the 5th time. That set the phase for Schreiber’s heroics.
“I was like, ‘You want me to walk it off or are you going to walk it off?’” Wagner stated of a discussion he had with Schreiber. “Then I was like, ‘I’ll hit the double here, you walk it off.’”
Consider Wagner prescient.
“It was exhausting, but it was also exhilarating,” Schreiber stated. “I mean, the pitchers did a great job of keeping us in the game at the end there. Obviously, it’s hard with a guy at second, but they kept it to one run and then we were just able to produce there to finish off the game.”
Schreiber entered his 11th-inning plate look 1-for-3 on the night with a set of strolls. He had an opportunity to play hero in the bottom of the ninth, however set out swinging, leaving him burning to end an attempting season on the best note.
“I was looking for offspeed,” Schreiber stated. “I was looking for offspeed most of the game, especially with runners in scoring position, and luckily enough, I got one I was able to do some damage with.”
Schreiber, a ninth-round choice by Houston in the 2018 Draft out of the University of Nebraska, took a difficult course to the desert. Sidelined by back surgical treatment for the season’s very first 4 months, the 27-year-old didn’t wear till August and was restricted to 23 video games in between the Florida Complex League and Double-A Corpus Christi throughout the routine season. A stint with the Saguaros used the genuine golden ticket of chance.
Fast-forward to Saturday night and Schreiber discovered himself batting clean-up for the Saguaros after an excellent regular-season stint that saw him slash .340/.404/.540 over 14 contests. Surprise, by virtue of its 19-10 record, protected a bye straight to the Championship Game; it left one video game staying on the journal — a real winner-take-all.
The objective of all Fall League individuals is to parlay success throughout the fall into a call to The Show throughout the spring and summer season. That element stayed on Schreiber’s mind as he ended his year on the supreme high note, however he still took some time to take in the minute of seeing the ball discover the lawn on a vigorous November night in Arizona.
“It was great,” Schreiber stated with a large smile. “Just a lot of emotions — excitement mostly — but just thankful that God gave me this opportunity to play in this league, showcase my skills and be with all these great players.”
“It’s exciting for Scotty,” Storey stated. “His last at-bat, he set out and returned in the dugout, annoyed, didn’t like the method his at-bat went.
“Baseball’s a great game — you get an opportunity, you fail; you get an opportunity, you fail; then you get an opportunity to capitalize and everybody forgets about the other ones.”