AXEMEN EXIT THE NCABL AFTER LEAVING THEIR MARK
Posted April 3, 2018
The 2018 season will begin in the NCABL without the presence of the Camrose Axemen whose ten year run was highlighted with both highs and lows. The club entered the League in 2008 and posted a respectable 9W and 9L record in their inaugural season. After slipping into 9th place in the 2009 campaign, the Axemen would recover by ranking 6th and 5th in each of the next two seasons. The Axemen came into their own in a highly competitive NCABL in 2012 by posting a 14 W 4L record to capture their first of two back to back pennants. Although the League Championship eluded them throughout the decade, their four post season appearances from 2012 -15 established their reputation as a solid club with talented and experienced players combined with an up and coming crop of young prospects that augured well for the future of the club. Unfortunately, the future of AA baseball in the City of Camrose was dealt a severe blow with the departure of key veterans through retirement and the loss of several young and talented prospects who chose to play in collegiate leagues outside of Alberta. The Axemen were suddenly faced with a rapidly depleting roster and despite a valiant effort at sustaining some credibility in 2016 by playing .500 baseball, last season proved to be disastrous as the club dropped to 7th place in the NCABL after recording only 4 wins on the season. Although the minor baseball system in Camrose has experienced some new life, too few graduating midget players were ready to commit to playing at a AA senior level. The city of Camrose certainly has the fan base to support a club in the NCABL. All that is needed is a city council that is prepared to invest in facilities capable of attracting higher calibre baseball to town. Once achieved, it is our belief that Camrose will once again demonstrate that it is a “quality baseball town”. With a strong supporting cast of rural baseball players, Camrose can return to power in the NCABL.
The above article was taken from the North Central Alberta Baseball League website, www.ncabl.ab.ca and written by league Commissioner Paul Riopel. The NCABL is a Senior AA league which is entering it's 51st season of operation in the Edmonton area.