A year ago, he was a South Atlantic League all-star for the Columbus Catfish. This year, he's the hero of game five of the Southern League championship series.
Sergio Pedroza belted a 3-run homer in the top of the 9th inning to lead the Montgomery Biscuits to a 4-3 win in the deciding game of the SL championship against the Huntsville Stars (Brewers).
The Biscuits got on the board first, scoring in the first inning, when Reid Brignac hit a 2-out double and Chris Nowak followed with an RBI single to left, putting the Biscuits up 1-0.
Huntsville struck back in the 5th, scoring 3 runs on a double, a walk, an error, and a single, to take a 3-1 lead that held up until the 9th.
The Biscuits had runners on base in the 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th, but couldn't convert. But the 9th was a different story.
Nowak singled to start the inning. With 1 out, Gabriel Martinez singled, putting runners on the corner. That's when Pedroza hit his 3-run shot to left field, putting the Biscuits up 4-3.
Huntsville put a pair of runners on base in the bottom of the 9th, but a 6-3 double play saved the day for the Biscuits, giving them back-to-back Southern League titles. Last year, the Biscuits beat Huntsville in 4 games to win the league championship.
The Wife and I weren't able to stick around Huntsville for the game. We saw the Biscuits 4-1 loss Saturday night in game four, and wanted to stay for Sunday's game five, but the distance and our work schedule prevented that.
But, we're happy for the Biscuits ... and happy that a former Catfish favorite contributed to the win. We've come to be familiar with some of the Biscuits players because of our attending games in Montgomery over the last couple of years. But it's really special when a former Catfish player takes the field.
Oh, one other thing.
Now that baseball season is over (since the Braves are all but eliminated), football may now commence. Just when does football season begin, anyway?