The Diamants de Québec and the Dukes of Longueuil reached the grand final of the Quebec Elite Junior Baseball League (LBJÉQ) on Saturday after a day full of emotions, at the end of which the Royal de Repentigny has undergone elimination.
According to the daring format, the three teams in place were to compete in a round robin at Champigny Park in Repentigny. By scoring seven points against the Dukes in the second game of the day, the Diamonds first obtained their pass. Jean-Christophe Masson, who represents a hope for the organization of the Toronto Blue Jays, notably contributed to the victory of 7-2 for the Diamonds, with two RBIs.
“I am proud of the character that we have shown, reacted the manager of the Diamonds, Dominik Walsh, who will try to lead his team to a second consecutive conquest in the LBJÉQ. It would have been so easy to crash after our loss [to the Royal] earlier in the day. We say it often: it's important to have a short memory in baseball. ”
“Against [the Dukes] pitcher Xavier Leduc, we knew it was going to be difficult and to beat him, we had to force him to make several throws,” Walsh analyzed, after his team's decisive victory against Longueuil. We took a lot of shots against him and he had to be taken out of the game in the fifth inning. ”
Bouncing back with a spectacular 12-2 win against the Royal to conclude the day, the Dukes however survived, while the Repentigny club were eliminated, under the rule of points allowed per set played. The absence of the promising pitcher Alexis Gravel, injured, seems to have been fatal for the Royal, sunk, moreover, by six errors in defense during this defeat.
Viktor Bergeron impresses
Making the elimination all the more heartbreaking for Repentigny, pitcher Viktor Bergeron did very well for the Royal in the first game of the day, allowing two runs, only one deserved, in seven innings of work. He also had seven strikeouts in a surprising 4-2 win for the Royal over the Diamonds.
“Viktor Bergeron was impressive, his curved ball had a lot of bite,” Walsh pointed out, paying tribute to the opponent. He's one of the best pitchers in the junior elite when he's in control. ”
The Quebec squad, reigning LBJÉQ champions, and the Dukes, whose last conquest dates back to 2006, will now face each other in a 3 of 5 final over the next few weeks.