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By Olivia Carson
Coming off an incredible season of earning the 2020 RCBL Championship, the Broadway Bruins are ready to be back in action this summer. The team carried their momentum from their 2019 playoff quarter round series win to achieve a championship the next year. The Bruins coaching staff hopes to hold that confidence into the upcoming 2021 season.
Second year team manager, Chip Abernathy is excited for another season with the Bruins as he thoroughly enjoyed the team atmosphere and work ethic that he noticed during his first summer as the manager.
The Bruins are gaining around fifteen new players this season that will help to create a younger and more newly experienced team in the league. With this in mind, Abernathy still has the confidence that the Bruins will bring quite some competition in order to regain the RCBL championship trophy.
While the Bruins have lost some veteran players, Abernathy hopes to build the new team around experienced returning players like Cole Holsinger, Natty Solomon and Trent Abernathy who have made major marks with the team so far in their careers.
“I think replacing some of the players that have moved on will be a big challenge,” says Abernathy. Key players from previous seasons such as John Judy and Tyler Ault will not be returning to play with the Bruins for the summer of 2021. Getting new and younger players to step up into their roles will be important to keep the teams momentum moving forward.
With the coronavirus pandemic still spreading and affecting athletes around the world, each RCBL team will continue with a condensed schedule of 21 games in about two months. Abernathy does not seem to think COVID-19 will have as much of an impact on the season when compared to last year.
“We are going to pretty much play the same type of season we played last year so we’ve all had a year at it...we know the day in and day out of playing that much through the week,” says Abernathy. The league knows what to expect from last season and the Bruins should not have a problem getting used to the tightly packed schedule that they have coming up this summer.
Abernathy hopes that his team and the rest of the league can get through this season and that everyone stays safe.
Broadway will start their 2021 season when they face the New Market Rebels on Saturday, June 5 at Rebel Park.
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