Salem - The Salem Red Sox are this year's Carolina League Baseball champions!The Red Sox clinched the Mills Cup Championship Tuesday night with a 6-4 victory over Potomac for their 11th straight win, the Sox won 22 of their last 25 games to end the season with a bang.
The big inning Tuesday night was the fourth when Sean Coyle, with the bases loaded, ripped a two-run double to increase Salem's lead to 4-1. The Red Sox added two more in the frame for a four-run inning. Coyle had plated Salem's first two runs with a double in the first, he drove in four runs on the night. The 21-year-old was named Finals MVP after batting .417 with three doubles and seven RBI's. Salem went 30-8 down the stretch and reeled off 11 straight wins en route to an unbeaten postseason.
It's Salem's first championship since 2001, 12 years to the day, the day before the 9-11 attacks. The franchise was known then as the Salem Avalanche and was a Colorado Rockies affiliate.
Matt Price, who earned his first playoff save, said "It's awesome. It's just... I'm so happy for these guys. Its just such a great group of guys. I'm tickled to death, man. It's just absolutely an amazing experience."
Sean Coyle, who drove in four runs in the clinching win and was named Series MVP, said "It's definitely been a journey. I mean for the team, for me myself. For everybody. It's pretty tough to put into words right now. It's unbelievable."Billy McMillon, Salem Red Sox Manager, said "The support that the Red Sox give us and the community here... it's just a good fit for us. And again, I can't say enough about these guys. These guys really battled and kept us in games and it's really nice to see them happy and joyous over there."