A 5-4 win Wednesday night at home secured a championship for the second-year franchise out of Leduc. It has the makings of an Armena-like team that could go on a run of championships.
The Royals of 2002 knocked off the old Powerline Brewers before beating the Camrose Roadrunners and Colts back-to-back seasons. They had the pitching and veteran players from other leagues to help them win – even when they didn’t deserve to win.
So one would assume Leduc, too, could go on a run.
Or can they?
Kudos to the Milleteers who literally fought, scratched and clawed their way out of a hole in their opening semi-final game. Kudos for edging a veteran-laden squad out of Bardo in the finale. And kudos for setting a recent record of begin able to shut down teams in terms of runs against.
But the league will be gunning for you next year. Armena and Ryley (Both of which beat you in the regular season) were both basically first-year franchises who should improve next season. Bardo was poor in the regular season and gave you a go in the final. Camrose – well, we all know they can win a championship if they can stay focused and concentrate on baseball when they play Bardo.
The competition is stiff and could get stiffer. If an expansion team is added in Sherwood Park and the Camrose Axemen return, although that team adamantly states they will stay in the NCABL, you could have your work cut out for you.
Savor the victory. Savor the championship. Because in a blink of an eye, much like the Armena teams post-2004, it could be gone.
Enjoy your trophy – but we’ll be plotting all winter to take it away from you next August.
And again, congratulations.