Regional baseball team off to Canadian championships
BY MICHAEL PIASETZKI
For the second time in four years, a Lac St. Louis peewee AA regional baseball team will represent Quebec at a Baseball Canada national championship.
Head coach Robert Litvack’s troops open up tomorrow against Newfoundland/ Labrador in Quebec City. The tournament wraps up on Sunday.
Lac St. Louis earned the right to be there by winning gold at the provincial tournament, held from Aug. 2 to 5 in Mascouche. It dropped its opening game, 5-4 to Mauricie, but bounced back nicely by reeling off four consecutive victories, including a 5-3 win over the South Shore in the final. Pitcher Matthew Litwin pitched a complete game for the win. “Even after losing that first game, we had a good feeling. We just told the kids not to give up,” said Litvack, who was an assistant under Sandy Lamarre for the 2004 peewee AA regional team that went on to win silver at nationals. Lamarre is an assistant under Litvack on this year’s squad. “We knew we had a solid team, and we believed in them, and just told them not to quit. They didn’t.”
Litvack, current head coach of the Montreal Metropolitan Baseball League (MMBL) peewee AA major Lac St. Louis Cardinals, said if there was one key win at provin-
cials, it had to be the 6-4 semifinal win
over Laurentides, an actual club team. His Cardinals had struggled against them
all season, going 0-4, although the pee-
wee AA major Yankees did have success
against them. “We were worried going into that game, because we feared Laurentides had a psychological advantage over us,” he said. “The kids prevailed though, and a few hours later, went on to win gold.”
Litvack said his club has no other plan than to win gold at this weekend’s tournament.
His chances look promising. It’s a deep team, featuring few weaknesses. Compri-sed of five Lac St. Louis Cardinals’ major
players, one Cardinal’s minor player along with five MMBL Lakeshore-Trois Lacs Yankees’ major players, its roster includes area players Litwin, Alexandre Bellevance, Francis Charette, Corey De Marco, Fernando Fernandez, Adam Klasner, Evann Dumont-Lapointe, Maxime Morissette, Alex Paquet, Joel Seguin, Mitchell Silver and Tyler Tomalty.