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Lookouts finish the regular season on top

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CHATTANOOGA (Lookouts) -- Chattanooga finished first in the Southern League's North Division in the second half of the season, but a pair of playoff-bound Lookouts finished first for the entire season this week.

Outfielder/first baseman Scott Van Slyke  claimed the league's batting title by finishing the season with a .348 average. The right-handed slugger was demoted to Single-A amidst struggles in 2010, but bounced back in 2011 to become the fourteenth Lookout in the modern era (1976-current) to lead the Southern League in hitting.

Joey Votto, who hit .319 in 2006, was the last Lookout to win the batting title.

Additionally, Van Slyke led the Southern League with 45 doubles, which narrowly missed the Southern League record of 47 held jointly by Gabe Kapler and Robert Fick. Votto holds the Lookouts' modern era record with 46.

Lookouts OF Alfredo Silverio also finished the regular season as a leader in several categories. Most notably, he accrued 18 triples, which topped Ivan Calderon's former Lookouts' modern era record total of 15 set in 1983. Silverio just missed the Southern League record of 19 held by Alan Trammell.

Silverio also led the Southern League in total bases (289) and extra-base hits (76).

Right-hander Will Savage became the sixth Lookouts pitcher in the modern era to lead the Southern League in wins by finishing the season with 12. Most recently, Steve Kelly tied for the league lead in wins with 12 in 2004.

Brian Cavazos-Galvez also capped a solid year by earning Southern League Hitter of the Week honors on Tuesday. The outfielder/first baseman hit .421 in the final week of the season with three homers and 12 RBI. He also closed the regular season on an eight-game hitting streak.

Chattanooga wil open its first playoff series since 2006 on the road at Tennessee this Thursday night.

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