LaPorte Cyclones aim to become the new hot team in town.
LA PORTE- Wiffleball in LaPorte started way back in 2008 when the LaPorte Sox went undefeated en route to the 1st ever ORWBL World Series Championship. Not too long after, the Sox had disbanded but the LaPorte Bombers kept wiffleball hope alive in LaPorte. After a couple of rough seasons, the Bombers welcomed the Maple City Magic who took over in 2011 for the Mill Creek Minutemen.
After an abysmal 12-30 first season, the Maple City Magic began making moves and has since turned into one of, if not the premiere destination for free agents. After the LaPorte Sox won the World Series in 2008, It took 8 seasons for a LaPorte based franchise to bring home an ORWBL World Series Championship back to the city.
The Magic are coming off of back 2 back championship seasons and have high expectations to make history this season. However, we have heard enough about the 2 time defending champions, its time to get to know the LaPorte Cyclones.
Managed by 2018 American League Rookie of the Year as a member of the South Bend Muffs, Mark Richards will captain the ship for the Cyclones. Richards has shown a lot of promise and is eager to see what his boys can do out there on the field together as this group normally plays in Hometown Days and other tournaments as Zone 3.
Richards told reporters that their home park would be called Scott Field right off of Lincolnway in downtown LaPorte.
Richards announced his current roster of himself, Owen Satoski, Tyler Mack, Corey Boyd, Tyler Good, Collin Froedge, Cooper Hussmann, and Sam Satoski. The offseason might not be over just yet for the Cyclones as Richards is continually searching for some more depth off the bench.
The team is compromised of 3 of the 4 Zone 3 original guys from the past 2 seasons. Richards stated the following: "I am very excited for this upcoming season. I am also ecstatic about getting two original teammates of mine, Owen Satoski, and Collin Froedge, as I will be leaning on them to start things up right as the season comes up."
The Cyclones also have to be excited about the free agent signing of wiffleball veteran Corey Boyd, Having his booming bat in the lineup should pay off while his knowledge, leadership, and his easy going character is infectious and should really benefit the younger guys.
LaPorte's newest team could not be any more ready for their inaugural season as they are itching to play their Opening Day series @ the Hudson Lake Heat.