Regular Minor League Season ended September 6

Las Vegas and Ogden won their final game but Jacksonville fell to hurricane Frances as the 2004 minor league season ended. The Vero Beach Dodgers will battle for the Florida State League title when soggy Vero Beach finally drys off.

Las Vegas 5 - Salt Lake 1--The 51s took a 5-1 decision in their finale, completing the job in a snappy 1:51. A three-run sixth inning and solid pitching by Mark Johnson turned the game around.

Designated hitter John Barnes and first baseman Luis Garcia singled with the score tied 1-1 in the sixth and one out. Left fielder Bryan Myrow tripled and third baseman, Rick Bell singled to give the 51s a 4-1 lead.

Ryan Kellner crushed a home run to right-center field to lead off the bottom of the seventh.

Starting pitcher Mark Johnson (6-12)saved his finest outing of the year for the final game, going eight innings and limiting the Stingers to just one run on seven hits while striking out a season-high 11.

Barnes finished 2-for-4 with a run and finished the season by going 20-for-34 (.588).

Jacksonville - rain--The Suns-Mudcats game was canceled because of heavy rains caused by the outer bands of tropical storm Frances. The season ends with the Suns finishing in fourth place in the second half with a 31-37 record and 66-71 mark overall.

The Suns completed 2004 with the best home record in the Southern League, posting a 46-23 mark. Suns fans set another franchise record with 420,495 in attendance.

No Suns players led the league in any categories, though Willy Aybar's 77 RBI and T.J. Nall's 123 strikeouts were among the more impressive feats. Shane Victorino, if he had about 50 more plate appearances, would've finished second in the league in batting.

Ogden 3 - Provo 2--Justin Ruggiano hit the first pitch of the bottom of the 11th Inning over the center field fence to give the Raptors a win over Provo in the last game of the season.

Justin Orenduff started for the Raptors and threw 5 innings of one-hit ball. He allowed one run. Mark Alexander pitched the final three innings to earn his fourth win.

The Raptors tied the game in the bottom of the 8th. Blake DeWitt led off with a double. Two outs later, Ruggiano singled him home to tie the game. Alexander kept Provo's bats at bay until Ruggiano came up again in the 11th to crush the home run and win the game. He finished 2-for-5 with two RBI while Mike Lynch was the only other Raptor with two hits.

Raptor Notes--Cory Dunlap was voted the team's Most Valuable Player by his teammates; Scott Elbert and Blake Johnson were chosen as the Most Valuable Pitchers; David Nicholson was tabbed the Most Valuable Defensive Player; and, DeWitt was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player. The Coaches' Award went to Mike Lynch.