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Columbus goes the distance for second Triple-A Championship
At 88-56, Sacramento and Columbus tied for the best record in Triple-A, but while the Clippers rolled to their second consecutive International League title, the River Cats were swept in the PCL Finals by Omaha. Lehigh Valley had never been above .500 at any point in its first three seasons; this year, it took the IL Wild Card and went all the way to the Finals. The Durham Bulls went to the playoffs for the fifth straight season and Round Rock won the PCL American Southern Division by 17 games in its first year as a Rangers affiliate.
Missions dominate en route to MiLBY; fans go with Cats
The San Antonio Missions had a nearly perfect season. Their 94-46 record was best among all full-season Minor League teams, they went 55-15 at home, they won their division in both halves of the season (at the expense of Frisco) and lost one of seven playoff games en route to the Texas League title. Mobile and New Hampshire captured their first league crowns in seven years. Harrisburg posted the Eastern League's top mark but was swept in the first round of the playoffs and Tennessee fell in the Southern League Finals for the third straight year.
Giants dominated in Cal League; K-Tribe is fans' choice
The San Jose Giants boasted Class A Advanced's top record at 90-50, but were unable to capture their third consecutive Cal League championship. That honor instead went to Lake Elsinore, which finished the regular season two games under .500. After dropping its first playoff contest, Daytona reeled off five straight wins to claim the Florida State League title for the second time in four years. The K-Tribe had a strong but bittersweet campaign -- their final season in Kinston -- that came up just short in the Carolina League Finals as Frederick, owner of the circuit's top record, won in four games. Dunedin boasted the top mark in the FSL but could not get past division foe Daytona in the first round of the playoffs.
Grasshoppers rally to Sally title, unanimous MiLBY
Greensboro used a never-say-die attitude to bring home its first Sally League championship since 1982. The Grasshoppers won 16 of their final 19 games to reach the playoffs, then, down to their last strike in Game 4 of the Finals, rallied to top Savannah in five games. Hickory, owner of the circuit's top record, was swept by the 'Hoppers in the semifinals. The Dayton Dragons were the Midwest League's top hitting club, top pitching club and posted its best record, but were stunned by Lansing in the first round of the playoffs. Quad Cities, the first-place team in the Western Division, won all seven of its postseason games to capture its first Midwest League title in 21 years.
Baby Bombers wrap up MiLBY; fans embrace Canadians
Staten Island roared out of the gate, winning 31 of its first 42 games, stumbled a bit down the stretch, then recovered to hold off Auburn for the New York-Penn League crown. In the Appy League, Johnson City rolled to its second consecutive title after posting the circuit's top record and batting average and its second-best team ERA, while Elizabethton reached the postseason (and had one of the top two records in the league) for the seventh straight year. Vancouver stunned division champions Eugene and Tri-City to win its first-ever Northwest League championship. After finishing last in the North Division in the first half, Great Falls won the second half and stormed to the Pioneer League title, its first since 2008.