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Mobile Bay Bears advance to Southern League Playoffs | September
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The Mobile Bay Bears, the Diamondbacks AA affiliate in the Southern League, have advanced to the Southern League Playoffs by finishing second in the league's South Division. The Bay Bears, led by Manager Rico Brogna, finished the regular season at 75-62, 4.5 games behind the Jacksonville Suns (Marlins). Offensively, the Bay Bears were led by team MVP Collin Cowgill, who also made the Southern League end-of-season All Star team.  Cowgill finished the season at .285/.360/.464, and led the club with 16 HR, 34 doubles, 83 RBI, and 89 Runs. Cowgill also contributed 25 SB in 34 attempts and had 21 Assists from the outfield, playing primarily RF but also 38 games in CF.  The other big contributor on offense for Mobile was C Konrad Schmidt, who led the team in AVG, OBP, and SLG, at .315/.373/.490, with 11 HR and 65 RBI. Schmidt was named the Bay Bears' Offensive Player of the Year.  Two other players did an excellent job of getting on base for the Bay Bears, LF Ollie Linton (.411 OBP) and 1B Bryan Byrne (.408 OBP). OF Evan Frey was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year, contributing 9 Assists as the primary CF, and also adding a .373 OBP with 34 SB on offense. Left-hander Tom Layne was named the team's Pitcher of the Year, leading the club in IP (149.1) and compiling a 12-7 record with a 3.74 ERA. For the first half of the season, Barry Enright had been the team's best starter (4-1, 2.88 ERA) before being promoted to the Majors. Two important late-season pitchers for the Bay Bears were Joshua Collmenter and Wade Miley. Both were excellent with the Bay Bears - Collmenter going 8-3 with a 1.82 ERA, and Miley finishing 5-2 with a 1.98 ERA. Also making important contributions to Mobile's staff were Kyler Newby (3.45 ERA), Bryan Shaw (4.26 ERA), and relievers Roque Mercedes, Leyson Septimo, and Daniel Stange. The Bay Bears will open the Southern League playoffs on Thursday and Friday in Jacksonville. Game 3 will be played in Mobile, and then Games 4 and 5, if necessary, will be back in Jacksonville.