Baybears clinch playoff spot; first half Southern League Champs

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The Mobile Bay Bears have clinched the first half of play in the Southern League.

Morale is on the uptick around the clubhouse as the team now secured a spot to play in the playoffs. But second half of the season comes first.

Playing under the lights at ‘The Hank’ is an opportunity many baseball players want to have…especially given the Baybears record the past four years.

Last year, the Baybears were defeated three games to two by the Birmingham Barons in the final round of the playoffs. But the two years before – 2011 and 2012 – back-to-back Southern League Champions.

Manager Andy Green knows it is possible to win it all again.

“That’s the goal every year. Every single team that suits up in this league tries to win a Southern League Championship. We feel good about our chances,” said Green.

The Baybears are only one of two teams that have secured the right to play in the post season so far.

“We’re going to try and continue to get these guys closer to the big leagues, win another half and win another championship for this city,” said Green.

“After we won the first half, I think there is a calming sensation. We’re a little bit – not playing to a lower level, but more relaxed which might help us play a little bit better,” said third basemen Garrett Weber.

The Baybears opened a five game home stand Tuesday night against the Jacksonville Suns – final: 9-2, Mobile. The team hopes to continue down the road to another championship for the Port City.

“Last year we won both halves. The first time a team in the Southern League has won three straight halves in over 30 years. It’s a pretty impressive accomplishment. We’re proud of it as the Diamondback organization and we hope Mobile is equally as proud,” said Green.

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