It was a special night for Miami Storm third baseman Xavier de Soto, despite his team suffering a close 7-6 loss to the Norfolk Sharks. The 34-year-old veteran became the latest player to reach 1500 career base hits, only the 8th player in Bull League history to achieve the milestone.
De Soto went 2-for-5, starting the first inning off with a double for hit #1499, just after Antonio Nieves’ solo shot to left cut the Norfolk lead to 2-1. He would later score the tying run.
His second base hit, magic #1500, came in the 2nd inning, singling a 2-2 pitch from Keyshawn Copeman past second base, but was forced out at second in the next ball in play.
Norfolk pitcher Copeman returned the ball to the Miami bench where it was later given to de Soto as a souvenier.
De Soto has 137 hits on the season, and is fast closing in on the single-season record of 150 set by St. Petersburg’s Katai Kitigawa last year. Kitigawa had surpassed Hall of Famer Chuck Provost’s 144 set in 1995 — when the league played just 80 games in a season.