Created: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:27:00 MST
Updated: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:38:16 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- If the season ended today, the Grand Junction Rockies would be headed to their third consecutive postseason, but there are still seventeen games to go, and the Pioneer League South Division is a tight race.
The GJ Rox sit atop the South Division standings, but the Idaho Falls Chukars are right at their heels, only three games back.
While Rookie-level baseball is more about player development than wins and losses, the GJ Rockies are striving for a third consecutive berth in the playoffs.
"It's important for the fans, and it's important for the organization, for the Rockies. The more teams we can get in the playoffs, obviously the better job we're doing," said Lee Stevens, GJ Rockies Hitting Coach.
"We want to pick it up, and get these last wins -- head into the playoffs with confidence," said Wesley Jones, GJ Rockies Infielder.
The GJ Rox hit the road Tuesday for a four-game series at Idaho Falls, which could have major implications on the postseason. So, that may put some pressure on the guys, but it makes things a little easier when you consider the depth of the Rockies lineup. The Rockies currently have ten guys hitting .300 or better, so the team hasn't had to rely on a couple players to come through at the plate.
"It's been good all year not knowing who's going to step up that day. It's been a lot of individual leaders here, and you just never know where it's going to come from that day," said Anthony Sanders, GJ Rockies Head Coach.
"One through nine can do the job. This season has been successful because somebody that night has stepped up and done the job. It could be the leadoff guy, it could be the three guy, or the guy hitting ninth. So, it doesn't matter. The top nine all have a job to do, and they're all doing it well," said Stevens.
It seems we're in for an exciting last quarter of the 2014 season.