The Junior Elite Warriors of Granby came out victorious in their doubles program against the Gatineau Tyrants, with 14-1 and 9-3 wins on Saturday at Sanscartier Park in Gatineau. They are in the right direction to be the team that will represent Quebec at the Canadian Championships.
The first half of the game Zachary Gagnon kicked off throughout the match. He allowed five hits and a single point to the opposing hitters.
“He’s been gaining strength at every start since the beginning of the year,” said Warlord manager Denis Lamontagne, noting that 70% of Gagnon’s shots were taken.
“He set the tone for the match with his performance at the mound. In addition, he was fortunate to be supported by the attack that came from everywhere. Everyone has put their shoulder to the wheel, “added Lamontagne, visibly proud of his training.
Dave Gauthier and Isaac Mailhot-Bérard each hit a homer and finished with four and five runs respectively. It was the team’s 23rd win in 30 games this season.
The Tyrants were tougher in the second game.
The Warriors tied the game at the end of the seventh inning on a hit by Simon Després, after a long 12-throw pitch.
“The adrenaline is back in the carpet, said Denis Lamontagme. We finished the seventh inning with an arrow that ended in double play to stifle their threat. At the beginning of the eighth, everyone was crinched on our bench. ”
That’s when the Warriors opened the machine and scored six points to bring the game to 9-3. Newcomer Xavier Bégin emptied the goals early in the eighth.
Lamontagne is also very satisfied with the work of new acquisitions. “It already looks on the performance of the team.”
On the road to the Canadian championships
At the end of the weekend, Granby was still leading the standings with 24 wins in 31 games, which could allow them to represent Quebec at the Canadian championships. The team that will lead the Quebec Elite Junior Baseball League next Sunday will have this honor.
“We are in a fight to finish with Quebec for this position,” confirmed Denis Lamontagne.
With one less loss and seven more wins, the Granby Formation is in a good position to reach that goal. It is also a source of motivation that partly explains the recent success of the team, according to the manager of the Warriors.
The latter will be visited by the Cardinals of LaSalle on Tuesday evening. The Cards are in second place in the Verture Group, far behind Granby, with a record of 14 wins and 15 losses.