Q & A with Landsharks Manager and All Star, Levi Miller
ROLLING PRAIRIE- Many teams see their struggles in year 1 as an ORWBL franchise. We are seeing it now as the Golden Showers are still searching for their first win and we have seen it plenty of times in the past as Lynn St. won 7 games in their first 2 seasons and the defending ORWBL Champions went 8-34 in their first season as a franchise.
Things are different in Saugany Lake as the Landsharks are currently on a 7 game winning streak and are fresh off of a 3 game sweep against the Newts in a downpour at Migley Field. After a brutal start to the season, the Landsharks are now in control of their own destiny to earn a first round Bye in the National League Playoffs. I had a little time to sit down and talk with Levi Miller so enjoy the Q & A!
Friedman: Levi, you guys are sitting in 2nd place in the NL and currently are in control of your own destiny to earn a bye. What has been the key to success despite the slow start?
Miller: Well commish, we definitely had a tough start but playing the Heat and Muffs the first 2 series would not be easy for any team. We just worked together as a team, everyone has chipped in and started doing their thing. Mikey has been doing his thing on the mound and Webb being stellar in LF are just clicking in place.
Friedman: You guys clearly know how to deal with adversity after that slow start but like you said that has not stopped the Sharks. What has been the key to dealing with adversity, because it cannot be easy starting 1-5.
Miller: The key to adversity for us is just relying on each other as teammates and brothers. No body gets down on our team because we have each other's backs no matter what.
Friedman: Fresh off of a sweep over the Newts to extend your winning streak to 7. How good did it feel to sweep the most successful franchise in ORWBL history on the hallowed grounds of Migley Field?
Miller: Beating the Newts was huge man! Even though they did not have the ace squad it felt pretty damn good as we picked up right where we left off. That is now 7 in a row and I could not be any more proud of the Sharks.
Friedman: You and Kody Webb are going to be playing in the All Star Game so the league knows you two are pretty talented as is your pitcher Mikey Smith. In your opinion, which player that most people may not know much of that has been the quiet difference maker?
Miller: Okay, I am going to give you two answers here on that. Traxler, our Rookie has a big swing and Colton Boren secretly has been carrying the bottom of the order, the kid gets a double just about every other at bat.
Friedman: We know the Landsharks family lost a brother over the offseason in Cody Strauch. I will never forget his hilarious heckling of me at the Friedman & Associates Fall Classic and he put so many smiles on so many faces. Can you tell us a little bit about the tournament Cody's family and the Heat and Landsharks family are going to be hosting?
Miller: The tourney will be a 1 day tourney on Saturday, August 11th at Prairie View Elementary where Cody went to school. It is going to be a blast just like any other tourney. All of the benefits go to the non profit organization called Cody's Community and team entree fees are $50. We hope to see a good amount of teams out there because that goofy ass kid would've wanted that!
Friedman: Thanks for your time Levi, best of luck the rest of the season and enjoy the All Star Game!
Miller: Thanks a lot Al and go Sharks! #FearTheFin