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Aces Return Home With Triple-A Crown

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Aces fans are celebrating their home team after Reno beat the Pawtucket Red Sox, 10-3, to win the Triple-A National Title last night.

The big win caps off the most successful season in franchise history, finishing with a club record 81 wins, their first Pacific Coast League Title, and their first Triple-A Title.

Dozens of fans cheered on their Reno Aces as the team got off the bus, with their championship trophies in hand.

"Just to congratulate the players on a great season and have fun," Patrick Devine said. "It was a great year."

For the players, the warm welcome from the fans was a little bit unexpected.

"It was great to come off the bus and see a crowd here," Aces pitcher Matt Grogen said. "I mean, it's just unbelievable. How many other teams in the middle of the day on a, I think it's Wednesday? I don't know. I lost track of days but middle of the week, middle of the day, to have people supporting us is unbelievable and I hope next year we get the same support. It would be awesome."

The Aces jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in last night's title game, in Durham, North Carolina.

In the end, they knocked off the Red Sox 10-3, to claim the 2012 Triple-A crown.

"I think everybody to a man learned a lot about each other, this year, and we gelled at the right time and we're just happy to be champs," Aces pitcher Jensen Lewis said.

Many players could be found signing autographs for fans, eager to congratulate Reno's professional team.

"I'm excited about it," Richard Parrett said. "We've been an Aces fan since they got here. Amazing ballpark that they've built, in Reno. My son and I love coming to the games."

There were many fathers and sons on hand today.

For many, the Aces give them a break from the everyday routine.

"Sports brings everybody together," Simon Ruvalcaba said. "As you can see, there's different people of different backgrounds and it doesn't matter. We all unite for sports."

For the players, bringing home a title is something they say the fans can be proud of because they helped make it happen.

"We've had great support all year," Aces pitcher Joe Martinez said. "The town gets behind us and shows up to all the games, even Sundays at 1:00 when it's 100 degrees out here. So, we appreciate all they do for us and we're glad to give them a good effort and bring a trophy back home."

The Aces will begin their title defense in April, next year.

Season tickets for next season are already on sale.

Written by Paul Nelson
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