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A mass exodus of players after the Fall Season caused the Bulls to rebuild. At first the future looked bleek, especially when there was no word from any new players. With a little luck and help, the Bulls put together a team that has so far outperformed their past teams. At first the loss of Ryan Agar, James Guiry, Conrad Leger and Brian Frei appeared to be too much to overcome. The additions of Jesse Rimmer (Sandvipers), Khoa Nguyen (Devils), Jeff Matthews (Aces), Mando Mojica, and Jon Verde (Assassins) have offsetted those losses and placed the Bulls on a fast track to success. The Spring Season has seen its highs (W's vs Lobos&Spartans) and lows (L's vs High Rollers and Assassins), but the Bulls are now being seen as an elite team. From 5-29 thru 6-22 the Bulls were ranked 2nd in the ZBL power rankings.

The 2nd half of the Spring Season has seen the Bulls come out running. After an embarassing loss to the Devils, the Bulls ran off 6 straight games without a loss. Highlighted in that period was a 3-1 win over the Spartans and an 11-2 win over the then streaking Mustangs. However, like all good things, this streak too ended. A hard fought 15-10 loss to the Spartans snapped the Bulls lossless streak, and pushed the Bulls back into 2nd place in the Eastern Division. This game was not without its high points however. Mando Mojica went 3-4 with 3HR's and 7 RBI's. Also homering in the game was Jeff Matthews, and Ryan Lamb. Rounding out the hit parade was Jesse Rimmer who went 4-4 with a double. The Bulls were then able to wrap up the season with a win against the Raptors. The entire team played a huge part in the 17-4 route. Khoa Nguyen and Ryan Lamb both homered in the game, and Jon Verde pitched 5 strong innings, while only allowing 2 earned runs.

The season unfortunately ended on a sour note.  Two weeks after defeating the Raptors, the tables were turned on the Bulls.  For the second straight season the Bulls failed to make it past the first round of the playoffs, even after amassing such a strong showing during the regular season.

The Bulls now will look to the Summer Tournament to try and reverse their fortunes.

 

2008 Spring Player of the Year - Jeremy Smith





 


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