PHOTOS: Regina Red Sox return home champions
Winning one championship is hard, winning two in a row is even harder.
The Regina Red Sox returned home on Thursday after beating the Medicine Hat Mavericks 7-3 on Wednesday night, taking the Western Major Baseball league title three games to one. It's the second championship in a row for the team, after winning their first ever title last season, completing their "Mission Repeat". What might make the win some what remarkable, is the team was under the watch of manager Justin Eiswirth for the first time.
"It's amazing, and relieving," said Eiswirth. "It was a great feeling when that last out happened."
The championship ends an incredible season for the Red Sox who dominated the regular season going 34-12, and would only lose once in the playoffs before lifting the trophy for the second straight year.
While there is certainly a lot to celebrate, it's the end of an era for a number of players who won't be back next season. the WMBL is a league that gives college aged players a chance to play before their college season starts, usually south of the border. Once it's their graduating year, their time in the league is over.
"It is a little bitter sweet," said first baseman Mitch McDonald. "Baseball has been a part of my life for so long, but it doesn't mean it's over. Maybe I can help out some younger guys.'
It's especially special for McDonald to win the titles with the Sox, as he was born and raised in the Queen City. Now, he hopes the last couple of seasons will help the team build a reputation in the community, and help build the sport in Regina.
"It's a great game, there's nothing better in the summer time to play baseball," said McDonald. "Hopefully people keep coming out, and keep watching games."
For other players, they might never see Regina again, as they will return home to the United States. Short stop Randy Ramirez is one of those players who will be leaving very soon for America, he says he'll always remember his time here.
"It's not just a teammates, it's families," said Ramirez.
Now the work begins for mission three-peat, but Eiswirth says he's not going to worry about that just yet.