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Lexington walks off a loser in season finale

In a fitting conclusion to a dismal season, the Lexington Legends lost Monday on a walk-off homer.

Thomas Hickman led off the 12th inning with a shot off Carlos Ladeuth to give the Greensboro Grasshoppers a 7-6 win in the season finale for two teams who failed to make the playoffs.

It was the second consecutive walk-off loss for the Legends, victims of a game-ending Mike Stanton home run on Sunday.

Lexington finished with a South Atlantic League-worst 45-93 record. It's also the worst in franchise history, eclipsing last season's 59-81 mark.

Stanton homered again on Monday, his sixth against the Legends and 39th this season. The 18-year-old from Sherman Oaks, Calif., finished the season one homer shy of the league record. Russell Branyan of the Columbus Red Stixx hit 40 homers in 1996.

Stanton also walked four times, including once with the bases loaded.

Legends first baseman Eric Taylor went 3-for-5 and broke the team's career hits record. Taylor has 231, including 123 this season. The previous record of 230 was held by Tommy Whiteman, who played for the Legends in 2001 and 2002.

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