The Ryley Rebels received another loss in 2012, this time it came via the forfeit as the team could not manage to pull together 8 players to suit up to take on the Leduc Milleteers. It marks the second game in a row versus the Milleteers (dating back to last year's PBL Playoff elimination game) in which the Rebels have not been able to field 9 players.
Ironically the last time that the PBL saw a forfeit due to a shortage of players it came in Ryley in 2005 when the Ardrossan Steelers did not have enough players to continue the game against the Ryley Brewers after P Craig Weider was ejected by the home plate umpire after arguing balls and strikes. The umpire quickly ejected Weider then called the game as he quickly made his way to his vehicle.
The Rebels will continue to push forward and try to fill out the roster every night to avoid what occurred after the 2002 season when the original version of the Ryley Rebels could not continue moving forward due to player commitments. Teams in the PBL have come and gone due to the player commitment issues, such as the Rebels in the early 2000's as well as the Lamont/Ardrossan Steelers and the Chipman Crackerjacks of the mid-2000's.
The Rebels will now travel to Leduc to take on the Milleteers in the second half of what should have been an early home and home series versus the defending PBL Champions. Instead Rebel fans are holding their breath that at least 8 Rebels who do not have work or family commitments can make the commute down Highway 2 and try to steal a win from the Milleteers.