The nickname Merchants was first used by the Innisfail Senior men's team from 1980 to 1986 which featured such players as Murray Steeves, Murray Meikle, Derek Baird, Mel Harvey, and Paul Bergeron to name a few. The senior men's team was reincarnated in 1995 by Ray Bergeron as the Innisfail Senior Indians which still compete at a high level to this date.
In 2011 a group of young men aged 19-20 looked to create a team that would compete at the Junior level while also competing with the Senior Indians. They put together a team of 11 players that competed in a best of 3 provincial playoff with the St. Albert Tigers. Ten of these players and two coaches traveled to a soggy St. Albert to play the first 2 games in a double-header format. After a lengthy rain delay both games of the double-header were split with St. Albert winning the first game 4-3, and Innisfail rebounding in game 2 with an 8-4 victory. Game 3 would also see the rain fall as the series winner-take-all game took place in Innisfail. With Jay Kirkham joining the team in time to pitch the finale for the local junior team -then known as the Junior Indians the Innisfail team won Provincial gold with a 9-1 victory.
With just over a week to recruit, book time off, and satisfy the coaching criterias, the Innisfail junior team looked to the Town of Innisfail and the generosity of it's businesses to help in funding their trip to Winnipeg, MB to compete at the WCBA championships. The community members stepped up to the plate. Businesses such as the Fox & Hound, Central Alberta CO-OP, G&R Builders, Proform Concrete Services, and community members Vern Loughlean, and Curtis Flewelling contributed financially to aide in the venture. However the bulk of contributions came from the Innisfail Senior Indians as they provided not only a large portion of the finances but also uniforms, equipment, and most importantly the players to compete in Winnipeg.
Instead of being showered with champagne, the group from Innisfail were instead showered with accolades. Tournament organizers, officials and fans praised the young team on their success and sportsmanship at the tournament. It was then presented that Innisfail consider hosting the event, as the tournament was scheduled to move to Alberta in 2012. With that it was decided that Innisfail would be the WCBA Junior AAA host for 2012, and the Junior Indians would look to the past, and the generosity of its community and rebrand the team as the Innisfail Merchants Junior AAA Baseball Team.
With great community support the Innisfail Merchants hosted the 2012 WCBA Jr. AAA championships with great success on and off the field. The team would sneak into the finals once again and face off against Team Alberta comprised of a team of 18 and 19 year-old players out of the Alberta Midget Baseball League. As could be heard by some of the many fans that attended the final this would be one of the best baseball games ever played in Innisfail.
Team Alberta jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and things looked bleak as the Merchants' bats were finding it hard to come from behind in the tournament, however Blair Mulder tied the game in the top of the second inning with a 2-run home run deep to right field. Single runs for the Merchants in the 3rd and 4th innings saw the hometown team turn a 2-run deficit into a 2-run advantage. Team Alberta would battle back and score singles of their own in the 4th and 6th and send the game to extra innings. Unfortunately for the hosts they couldn't keep them down long enough as Team Alberta would plate the gold medal winning run with a 2 out single to right. The fans were treated to some old school baseball action, and the tournament organizers were happy with the results.
2013 would see the Merchants load up again to get over the hump at the WCBA Junior AAA championships, and with 9 members of the original 2011 team rejoining the team there was great hope for a gold medal finish. The tournament would take place in Regina Saskatchewan, and again Innisfail would be pulling from the smallest population amongst all of the competitors, but bringing the most experience with them.
The tournament started off slow and once again hitting would be a problem for the team from Alberta. Struggles in the first two games would leave the Merchants with a tough hill to climb just to make it to the finals for the third straight year. The team would then rattle off three straight wins to finish out the round-robin portion. The last battle would be against the tie-breaking math equation to see which of the three second place teams would move on to the gold medal game, and unfortunately this year would find the team heading back to Alberta empty handed. The finals pitted a pair of teams that the Merchants beat in the tournament with the Pembina Valley Orioles topping the Arm River Indians.