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Miracle Notch First in Team History

September 3, 2009 - Florida State League (FSL) Fort Myers Miracle

FORT MYERS, FL (September 3, 2009)- The Fort Myers Miracle captured both halves of the Florida State League season for the first time ever in club history. The Miracle wrapped up the South Division second half title by virtue of an 8-4 road victory at St .Lucie Wednesday night in the first game of a doubleheader.

The Miracle, 80-54 overall, will face 1-75 rival Charlotte in the best-of-three South Division Finals beginning on Tuesday in Charlotte. The Miracle will host game two and if necessary game three.

FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE SOUTH DIVISION FINALS (BEST-OF-THREE)

GAME 1: FORT MYERS @ CHARLOTTE TUESDAY SEPT. 8 @ 7:05 p.m.

GAME 2: CHARLOTTE @ FORT MYERS WEDNESDAY SEPT. 9 @ 7:05 p.m.

GAME 3: CHARLOTTE @ FORT MYERS THURSDAY SEPT. 10 @ 7:05 p.m.*

- *IF NECESSARY

- WINNER ADVANCES TO FSL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES TO FACE NORTH DIVISION WINNER IN BEST-OF-FIVE SERIES, TO BEGIN EITHER THURSDAY, SEPT. 10 OR FRIDAY, SEPT. 11 AT NORTH DIVISION WINNER

Since the Miracle won both halves, the team with the second best overall record garners the wild card spot. Charlotte (70-63 overall) currently has a six-game lead in the overall season standings over St. Lucie with five games left to play.

The two teams met 20 times during the regular season, with the Miracle holding a 14-6 advantage. The Miracle were 7-3 on the road and at home against the Stone Crabs.

Other Head-to-Head Highlights vs. Charlotte

- Chris Parmelee hit four home runs and had 19 RBI

- David Bromberg was 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA

- Miracle hit .280 against Charlotte pitching

- Miracle pitchers held Charlotte to a .230 average against

The South Division winner will hold home-field advantage for the Florida State League Championship Series. Tampa and Brevard County will meet for the North Division Title beginning on Tuesday.

FORT MYERS MIRACLE FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE PLAYOFF HISTORY

1995

West Division Finals: Fort Myers defeated Tampa 2 games to 1

Championship: Daytona defeated Fort Myers 3 games to 2

2000

West Division Finals: Dunedin defeated Fort Myers 2 games to 0

2003

West Division Finals: Dunedin defeated Fort Myers 2 games to 0

2006

West Division Finals: Dunedin defeated Fort Myers 2 games to 1

2008

West Division Finals: Fort Myers defeated Dunedin 2 games to 0

Championship: Daytona defeated Fort Myers 3 games to 1

PLAYOFF TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

Marathon/Edison Oil has acquired tickets to all potential Miracle home playoff games and are distributing them at no cost to their customers. General admission tickets will be available at all Lee County Marathon Gas Stations.

Fort Myers Locations:

A & T 19051 TAMIAMI TRAIL

BAYSHORE CITGO 5570 BAYSHORE ROAD

COLONIAL CITGO 8920 COLONIAL CENTER DR

EDISON EXPRESS 3915 M LUTHER KING

GAS AND SHOP 4020 FOWLER AVE

TRIPLE CONV. STORE, LLC 2101 CRYSTAL DRIVE

North Fort Myers Locations:

LAWHONS CITGO 9491 BAYSHORE RD

Cape Coral Locations:

E & E CONVENIENT STOP 4715 DEL PRADO BLVD

SSK MANAGEMENT 1541 N DEL PRADO BLVD

"We are proud of our partnership with the Miracle and we want to help fill the stadium with our loyal customers and the great Miracle fans," said Edison Oil President Patrick Eakins.

Tickets obtained at Marathon Gas Stations can be upgraded to a box seat for only $2.00 at the Miracle's Hammond Stadium offices from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the box office the night of the game.

For further information on playoff ticket packages, please call the Miracle at 239-768-4210 or visit us online at www.miraclebaseball.com.

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