Watch Surprise, Glendale in AFL Championship game
Glendale vs. Surprise, 8:00 p.m. ET
(CIN, CWS, LAD, MIL, MIN vs. HOU, KC, PHI, PIT, TEX)
It all comes down to this!
After five and a half weeks of regular-season action and a thrilling semifinal play-in game on Friday, the stage is set for the Desert Dogs and Saguaros in the winner-take-all championship game.
Glendale used big hits late in its semifinal matchup with Peoria from No. 12 Twins prospect Austin Martin and No. 5 Dodgers prospect Andy Pages to advance. Those two are among the best in the heart of the Desert Dogs' order, though No. 14 Twins prospect Edouard Julien -- who led the AFL with a 1.249 OPS during the regular season -- might be the most dangerous of them all.
The Saguaros stood out above the field with a 19-10 regular-season record, earning a ticket straight to the title game. They did it by dominating on the mound -- finishing with a team ERA nearly a full run better than any other staff -- with arms like No. 8 Rangers prospect Kumar Rocker and No. 16 Royals prospect T.J. Sikkema doing the heavy lifting. The offense was led by Astros prospect Will Wagner, who led the circuit with a .712 slugging percentage.