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Betts helps Surprise to AFL title

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  November 16, 2013 06:49 PM

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Red Sox prospect Mookie Betts finished off an outstanding season by going 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI on Saturday in the Arizona Fall League championship game. He helped the Surprise Saguaros beat the Mesa Solar Sox, 2-0.

Betts drove in a run with a single in the eighth inning.

Betts, who turned 21 in October, hit .314 with a .417 on-base percentage in 127 games for low Single A Greenville and high Single A Salem. Betts developed his power this season, hitting 15 home runs, and stole 38 bases. He was a fifth-round draft pick in 2011.

The Sox had three starters in the Surprise lineup. First baseman Travis Shaw was 0 for 4 and third baseman Garin Cecchini was 0 for 3 with a walk.

Righthander Noe Ramirez pitched a scoreless seventh inning. He allowed one hit but otherwise struck out the side.

UPDATE, 7 p.m.: Cecchini was the recipient of the AFL's Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award.

The award was started in 2004 in memory of Stenson, who was killed in 2003 in Arizona during the AFL season. The award is presented annually to the Fall League player who best exemplifies unselfishness, hard work, and leadership.

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