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Fans celebrate Eugene Emeralds NWL Championship

Ems fans are still in disbelief their favorite team are champions.

Posted: Sep 12, 2018 6:26 PM
Updated: Sep 12, 2018 6:29 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene Emeralds woke up Wednesday morning as Northwest League Champions, and it's their sixth championship title in their 64 seasons.

After winning the championship late Tuesday night, the Ems are packing up and shipping off. As players and coaches start heading home, staff with the Ems are cleaning up the stadium one final time.

But there's still a buzz in the Ems locker room after Tuesday night's victory. Ems pitching coach Armando Gabino said he’s thrilled to be a champion.

"It's the best feeling you can ever have in baseball,” Gabino said. “To be able to go through the whole process and to be able to end off being the best, it's awesome."

KEZI 9 News spoke with Josh Mehl who's been an Ems fan for several years. He said he’s still in shock his favorite team are champions again.

"Unbelievable, to go from the record we've had all season long and coming to the games sitting here and having them lose quite a bit,” Mehl said. “It's like the closest thing that you're going to get to a real-life sports movie -- the underdog comes back and takes it. It's awesome."

Allan Benavides, the general manager of the Ems, said this season was the craziest season he's ever been a part of and is looking forward to trying to repeat next year.

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