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Updated: 10/18/2013 02:58:51PM

Second-half swagger

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UN PHOTO BY KATHERINE GODINA Stone Crab's Drew Vettleson high fives teammates after scoring a run off of a Casali hommer during Friday's home loss against the Jupiter Hammerheads

SUN PHOTO BY KATHERINE GODINA Stone Crabs' Richie Shaffer throws to first while Jake Hagar runs behind his during Saturday's home game against the St Lucie Mets

By Greg Zeck

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With a roster that featured a number of early round draft picks from recent years, including Jake Hager, Richie Shaffer and Drew Vettleson, the Charlotte Stone Crabs were a preseason favorite to win the Florida State League crown.

After all, the core of this season’s squad, including manager Brady Williams, played on the Bowling Green team that went 80-60 in 2012, won the Midwest League’s second-half title and lost in the first round of the playoffs. There was every reason to believe they would post similar results at the next level.

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