HOUSTON -- Despite finishing the first half of the season tied for first place in the South Division of the California League, the Lancaster JetHawks will not get a chance to play for the title.
Lancaster wrapped up the first half of the season with a 37-33 record, putting it in a tie with High Desert and Rancho Cucamonga. Those two teams will play a one-game playoff to decide the first-half winner because Lancaster had the worst head-to-head record of the three.
In the first-half finale on Sunday, 2011 first-round Draft pick George Springer went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and stole a base against Inland Empire. Pitcher Bobby Doran improved to 6-4 by allowing three hits and two runs in 7 1/3 innings to give Lancaster its best first-half record as an Astros affiliate.
Springer and Doran will represent Lancaster in the California-Carolina League All-Star game on Tuesday. Doran finished the first half tied for the team lead with six wins and a 3.67 ERA. Springer is hitting .303 with 14 homers, 48 RBIs and a team-high 14 stolen bases.