Six-team tourney sees first-year peewee Lac St. Louis Cardinals advance to final
BY MICHAEL PIASETZKI A Montreal Metropolitan Baseball League (MMMB) playoff tournament rolled into the West Island last week, and with one local club advancing to the final, could feature one more game.
The Lac St. Louis Cardinals edged the Lanaudière Seigneurs 9-8 on Saturday morning in Dollard.
Westminster Park in Dollard des Ormeaux hosted the six-team mosquito minor (first-year players) post-season double-elimination tourney. When preliminary round play concluded, the Lac St. Louis Cardinals had earned the right to play in the best-of-five final against the Lanaudière Riverains, which began last night at Westminster.
It won’t be easy for head coach Terry Roberts’ troops, though. An MMBL rule applying only to minor clubs rewards those that go undefeated in the preliminary round with an automatic 1-0 lead in games in the final. The Riverains did just that. Game four if necessary takes place Friday night at Westminster.
The Cardinals qualified for the right to play for a league championship after edging the Lanaudière Seigneurs 9-8 on Saturday morning in a sudden-death affair at Westminster. The Cards led 7-3 after three innings, but couldn’t hold on, letting the Seigneurs fight back to grab an 8-7 advantage in the top of the fifth. However, they regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth with Mitchell Abramovitz driving in Juliano Leggio and Trevor Lall with the tying and winning runs with a huge double. The Seigneurs managed to get the potential tying run to third with one out in the top of the sixth, but pitcher Brett Rosenberg put away the next two hitters on infield pop ups to secure the victory. “I was surprised we gave up the lead,” said Roberts. “But I felt there was a good chance we could come back. The kids never gave up. They were still pumped on the bench.”
Besides the peewee minor Cards, the mosquito minor Lakeshore-Trois Lacs Yankees have also qualified for the best-of-five final, also against the Seigneurs. That series began last night. Unlike the Cards though, the Yankees find themselves heading into the series with a 1-0 lead in games.
Also still alive in the playoff hunt are the peewee major Cardinals and Yankees and bantam major Cards and Yankees.
Meanwhile, at last weekend’s Canadian baseball championships in Quebec City, the peewee AA Quebec team, represented by a Lac St. Louis team that won gold at the recently held provincial tournament, captured silver after dropping a 5-1 decision to Ontario in Sunday’s final. The Quebec bantam team, which featured three area players, including Pointe Claire’s Sean Langton, Dollard’s Félix Veilleux and Pierrefonds’ Samuel Lamothe won gold after beating British Columbia 7-1 in Sunday’s final. 쇓