08/05/2016 8:07 AM
The Lethbridge Bulls did not have the storybook ending to the season like they did in 2015. Last year it seemed the Bulls could do no wrong en route to their first ever WMBL Championship. This season it was not so easy. A multitude of things led to the Bulls struggles in 2016. Inconsistent play on the field, combined with injuries, and a few plain old bad breaks led to the disappointing season. That being said, there are still a lot of positives to take away from the 2016 season. Spitz Stadium hosted over 24,000 Lethbridge fans this summer. That number is down slightly from last year. It is fairly easy to recognize that the brutal July weather led to a small decline. It seemed every night there were severe thunderstorm watches in most parts of Alberta. A handful of rainouts, turned into doubleheaders caused the attendance to fluctuate slightly. The Bulls staff would like to thank everyone who came out to the ballpark this summer to show their support of the Bulls. Lethbridge is such a great baseball town, and the Bulls have been a standout in the league over the last 3 seasons. A lot of that has to do with the support the team gets from the community. Without that support the Bulls would not be the successful franchise that they are year in and year out.
The Bulls have a few veteran players who will be moving on in their careers. Catcher, Travis Steinke has been with the Bulls since 2012, and been a quarterback behind the dish during his time with the team. Travis now owns a house in Lethbridge, and with a political science degree from the University of Arkansas-Monticello Travis is thinking about attending law school in the future. First baseman Mitch Dornblut and shortstop Evan Comeau also from UAM played their final games as a Bull last Tuesday. Dornblut has also moved to Lethbridge permanently following his time in Arkansas. Comeau will be heading back down to the US where he will be teaching high school math, while earning his master’s degree. All three of these boys were alumni of the Prairie Baseball Academy. They won 2 CCBC Championships, which started the run of 6 straight CCBC Championships that is still ongoing. The championship success did not stop there as all three were apart of last year’s first ever Bulls WMBL Championship. It was a proud day for everyone involved when the Bulls won a championship with homegrown Lethbridge talent as the backbone of the team. Congratulations to the three of you, and good luck in your future endeavors.
The team will look decidedly different in 2017 when the Bulls take the field. There was a good group of young talent on the squad this year that can return in 2017. With the addition of a few more top level players in certain spots there is no reason the Bulls cannot make another run at the 2017 WMBL Championship.
Thank you again to anyone who had a part in helping with the Bulls 2016 season. There are so many great people that make coming to the ballpark in the summer a fun experience for the whole family. Until next year Bulls Fans!