BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Biloxi Shuckers are three wins away from completing what many are calling "A Miracle Season."
On Monday, the Chattanooga Lookouts defeated the Montgomery Biscuits 4-1 to win the Southern League North Division title 3 games to 1.
The Southern League finals will send the South Division champion Shuckers against the Lookouts beginning Wednesday night at 7:10 at MGM Park. Game two will be played 7:10 p.m. Thursday in Biloxi with a travel day set for Friday.
Games 3 and 4 will be played in Chattanooga beginning Wednesday night.
Shuckers manager Carlos Subero had his team out on the practice field at MGM Park Monday afternoon, following a three-game sweep of the Pensacola BlueWahoos to capture the South Division.
So who will get the starting nod on the mound for the Shuckers beginning Wednesday night?
"Well we think we;re going to go with Jorge Lopez and continue our rotation like it was in the first round of the playoffs, "said Subero. "So it will be Lopez, Houser and Mr. Wagner and then we'll go with Hader and Ortega after that."
Biloxi pitching coach Chris Hook says the Shuckers have come together,molding a special bind that has carried them through a 54-game road trip to open the season. While the roster had a few lineup changes, Hooker says the new guys came in and helped the Shuckers on the mound, at the plate and in the field.
Hook says Biloxi's pitching staff is rock solid and he likes the Shuckers chances against the Lookouts.
"I call the pitching staff a tribe of guys more than a team of guys,"stated Hook. "They really care for each other. They work hard. They want each other to excel and that's been the biggest thing as far as our success this year."
Brett Phillips was picked up in a trade between the Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros along with pitchers Adrian Houser and Josh Hader. Phillips has proven he's one of the top young prospects and besides his bat, the 22-year-old center fielder has made a number of outstanding catches to rob opponents big hits.
Phillips says when you have a pitching staff that excels each and every night, it gives everyone a sense of confidence as they get ready to entertain the Lookouts beginning Wednesday night.
"With the staff we have, one through five, it doesn't matter who is on the mound, "stated Phillips. "You know that they're going to pitch their best each night and go out and compete for us."
Subero says he told his players on Monday that whether they win the title or not, no one can take away the accomplishments that the Shuckers achieved in this the first season in Biloxi.
Hats off to everyone involved beginning with Shuckers general manager Buck Rogers.
Playoff tickets for Wednesday and Thursday are still available and it would be great to see a sellout crowd on hand for games one and two of the Southern League finals.