There was a bit of change around the Futures Collegiate Baseball League entering this summer. The Westfield Starfires made their debut in the seven-team circuit, while a new commissioner was hired for the first time since the league’s inception back in 2011.
At the end of the summer, though, it was the same old story on the field. Little had changed. The Worcester Bravehearts were crowned champions.
The Bravehearts have won four league titles in six seasons as a franchise and advanced to the title round each year. It’s a clear dynasty, and while player turnover is constant in summer collegiate baseball, Worcester has remained uber-consistent.
“I think it’s because of the Creedons. It certainly starts with them,” first-year field manager Alex Dion, who coaches at Milford (Mass.) High School during the spring, said of the team’s ownership group. “Everyone is on the same page from John, John and Julie, then it falls to our general manager, Dave Peterson, and to me on the baseball side. They just have a certain expectation and they preach everything that they live by. They’ve been there for all six years and just set the bar so high for us.”