The midget A Pierrefonds Dodgers came close, but they didn’t get the job done against the West Island Royals, losing a hard-fought battle 8-7 Sunday evening at George Springate Park in Pierrefonds. After having seen the Royals dominate most of the game, the Dodgers walked into the bottom of the seventh and final inning trailing 8-2.
“My team didn’t show up tonight. They weren’t ready mentally. It was very difficult for us in the the first five innings. I have trouble explaining why. It’s a match we should have won rather easily. We weren’t hitting, my players were throwing the ball to the wrong bases and were not properly placed and morale was low,” said Dodgers’ head coach Jacques Prévost.
After having pitched six strong innings, the Royals’ Ryan Tobin was getting a little tired in the seventh inning and it showed. Tristan Kilbertus showed up to the plate first and hit on the first throw, making it to first base due to an error in defence. Kilbertus wasn’t done making West Island defence look bad. He stole second base on the next hitter’s (Antoine Blais) first pitch and ran home from second base when Blais hit a single three throws later.
Blais also stole second base and ran home from there when Matt McCarthey hit a single making the score 8-4. One out later, Rafael Prévost hit the ball just out of the infield, good enough for a single and to send McCarthey to second base.
The Royals’ Eaton Laguë made the play of the game when the next hitter came to the plate. Austin Lehoux hit the ball far into the left field. Without Laguë’s plunging effort to make the catch, additional damage could have been done to the Royals’ lead.
With two outs and his team still trailing by four runs, Lee Turbide hit a single that brought McCarthey home. Then, Samuel Lachance got a hit that allowed Prévost and Turbide to run to the plate, tightening the score to a single point.
Émile Asselin who was next at bat wasn’t able to complete the Dodgers’ desperate push to tie the game as he hit the ball infield which pitcher Ryan Tobin carefully threw to first base for the third out.
“They gave us a bit of a scare in the end. We made a few errors in the seventh innings and Tobin was getting a little tired but all in all, it was a good game for us,” said Royals’ head coach Mark Laguë.