Over the next ten days we’ll post Donald Foster’s picks for the top ten sport story’s of 2019. First up is the #10 story the Lexington Legends win back to back championships and their future is in doubt.
The Legends came into 2019 fresh off the teams first championship since it’s initial season in 2001. The 2018 season was loaded full of talent that included Nick Pratto, MJ Melendez, and Seuly Matias. The 2019 team came in with little fanfare and a new manager in Brooks Conrad.
The team won the first half of the season to clinch a playoff spot and finished the season 68-70 on the year. Legends swept Augusta 2-0 in the opening round of the playoffs and led 2 games to 1 in the championship series over Hickory on a Friday the 13th at home.
Leading the best of three Zach Hakke went 6 innings of no hit baseball and Guzman out the Legends up 1-0 in the bottom of the 6th but the Crawdads tied the game on a home run in the 7th to set up a dramatic finish for the title. On Friday the 13th, in the 13th inning Reed Rohlman homered to secure the victory.
Coming off the championship the New York Times released a report of 42 teams that were in danger of losing their affiliation and the Legends were among the teams. Making this more surprising was the fact that Baseball America had just named the Lexington Legends the best Class A franchise. The Legends are safe through the 2020 season and will be keeping a watchful eye on the future.