A Different Kind of Euphoria

Jimmy Lafakis and Jimmy Lafakis

They heard the chatter. They were lost. They were not clicking. This team did not have a snowball’s chance in Hades to catch fire when it mattered.

The victory is the ultimate mute button. Ripping off 12 straight W’s puts any naysayer on silent.

“It doesn’t matter what people think about us. It’s about the nine guys we put out there and the guys that are in the dugout supporting us. We’ve had the underdog as our name all year long, and we wouldn’t want it any other way,” Alec Olund (’14) said.

Adversity causes some men to break. It causes others to break records.

“The biggest positive I can take away here is how these guys fought through everything we went through together. From waking up at 3:45 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in January to still be playing on June 14th, that’s awesome,” Coach Jeff Sandor said.

The cream-clad Noblesville Millers swiped the 4-3 nail-biter and rode off into the Indianapolis sunset. For the men in black, this season carried more magnitude than ever before. This was bigger than America’s national pastime.

“Everyone has been doubting us, even through this tournament. [We wanted] to stay together as a team and keep our thoughts strong. We just went after that run. We kept telling [ourselves] what we could do,” Brenden Seren (’14) said.

The dust has settled, and one crucial fact looms larger than the JW Marriott at Victory Field. For the third consecutive year, the Indians were the last 4A team living in Northwest Indiana.

Numbers never lie.