Buboltz looks back at Aces season

Former New Ulmite Paul Buboltz, the head coach of the Las Vegas Aces American Legion baseball team, said that the environment in the American Legion World Series “was awesome and the amount of people that come out to the games was different.”

Tuesday night in Shelby, North Carolina in the championship game of the 2018 World Series, his Aces lost to Wilmington, Delaware 1-0 in eight innings.

Buboltz coached Legion baseball in New Ulm when he coached Legion Blue.

“I coached them for two years and it was the year before New Ulm High School won the state championship (2003) because I had a lot of those players on the team,” he said. “I was still in college (St Cloud State) and I was inexperienced. Some of the things that I took away from that was related to the players and build relationships with the players. Once they respect you, they will do anything for you.”

Here in New Ulm, the three high schools combine for legion baseball.

“In Las Vegas, it is one school per legion team (the Las Vegas Aces being players from the Desert Oasis High School baseball team where Buboltz is also head coach).”

In 2015, Buboltz was named Coach of the Year in Arizona.

While at New Ulm Cathedral, he was named All-Conference, All-Journal and All-Section in football and baseball.

While Las Vegas did play here this summer in the Upper Midwest Classic, they did so without three players who were on college recruiting trips and who also player a big part in their success in the World Series.

The Aces ended their season at 55-15 but their “off-season” will be over soon.

“Before we made this kind of tournament run, we were going to start baseball again Sept. 4,” Buboltz said. “But I think that we are going to give them a little more time off. We already have our baseball schedule figured out for our fall and winter. We have quite a few games coming up here at the end of September and October.”

And Buboltz and the Aces may very well be playing in the World Series again next year at this time.

“The great part about it is this team wants to make another run at it,” Buboltz said. “And all of the players on the team now is eligible to come back next year.

“These guys walked away from this experience, loved it but want to come away next year with the big trophy.”

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