SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The first overall pick of the 2010 MLB Draft Bryce Harper helped the Scottsdale Scorpions to the Arizona Fall League Title over the Peoria Javelinas.
The Nationals #1 pick started and hit 7th in the lineup for the Scorpions after spending most of the fall playing only a few times a week on the taxi squad. But Harper (1-for-4) came through with an RBI single to help his team. With the score tied 1-1 in the 2nd inning, Harper hit the first pitch he saw the other way to left field for an RBI single as the Scorpions took a 2-1 lead.
AFL MVP Dustin Ackley singled and scored the first run for the Javelinas in the top of the 4th to tie the game at 2. Ackley scored on Charlie Culberson’s 2nd error of the game (his first helped the Javelinas score their first run).
The Scorpions bounced back to take the lead for good in the bottom of the 4th. Rockies outfielder Charles Blackmon doubled bringing up Nationals shortstop Steve Lombardozzi who followed with a ringing double off the wall to put Scottsdale up 3-2.
Cord Phelps (Cleveland) went 2-for-5 and Adam Loewen (Toronto) went 3-for-3 to lead the offense for Peoria. Charles Blackmon (Colorado) was the only hitter for Scottsdale with more than one hit going 2-for-2.
Sammy Solis (Washington) picked up the win going 4 innings allowing 3 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), and 1 walk with 3 strikeouts. Cole Kimbell (Washington) picked up the save with a perfect 9th. Tom Wilhelmsen (Seattle) took the loss giving up a run in 1 inning of relief.
Dustin Ackley won the MVP after hitting .424 with 4 home runs, 19 RBI, .581 OBP, .758 SLG, and 5 SB in 20 games.
Steve Lombardozzi won the 2010 Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award. The award is given to the player who best exemplifies unselfishness, hard work and leadership and is named in memory of the late Cincinnati Reds outfielder who was killed during the 2003 Arizona Fall League season.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.