by: David Petschenko
Despite missing the playoffs, this season has been a very bright one for a young CornBelters team. Brooks Carey’s squad has set a franchise record for wins in a season with 48 and has a chance at winning a couple more in the final series of the season against the second place Schaumburg Boomers, who have already clinched a spot in this years playoffs.
While they did have their fair share of ups and downs this season, they had four winning streaks of 6 games or more including a franchise high 7 game winning streak from 8/12-8/19. During that streak, the CornBelters outscored their opponents 70-24.
The Belters did everything they could’ve done on the offensive side scoring 536 runs, which was third in the entire league behind only River City and Schaumburg. They were the best hitting team in the league with a team average of .290. Of all the players on their roster with 250+ at bats, six of them hit .290 or greater (most in the league). A few of the new additions during the offseason paid off as well. Sam Judah, who is in his second stint with the team, is having himself a career year batting .312 with 13 homeruns and a league leading 81 RBI. While Richard Lucas, who got off to a slow start has finished very well batting .280 with 13 homeruns and 51 RBI.
The whole point of playing in the Frontier League is getting the opportunity to play in front of major league scouts and eventually have your contract picked up by one of those major league teams. Two of the CornBelters pitchers were lucky enough to be given this opportunity as Alan Oaks and Cole Brocker had their contracts picked up by the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves respectively.
It was a season full of highs and lows for the CornBelters, but they have slowly been making their way towards the top of their division. In his second full season with the CornBelters, Brooks Carey has done a very good job improving this team. They have scored 119 more runs than last season and finished with a winning record. With a few more solid offseason signings, specifically in the starting rotation, this looks like a team that can very well contend for a playoff berth in the 2015 season.