THREE-RIVERS — The senior baseball League Has of the Mauricie region, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the addition of a 12th team for the season 2018.
In effect, there will be not one, but two clubs on the side of Saint-Maurice, a village known for its passion for baseball. But this passion is not unique to Mauriçois in the area!
Saint-Tite, Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Trois-Rivières-Ouest Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Nicolet, Saint-Étienne-des-Grès, Saint-Boniface, Saint-Ursule and Louiseville complete the group. All training classes will compete in 16 matches, two more than last year.
The Patriots of St Ursula will attempt to defend their title acquired last fall. “I don’t see any team above the fray for now. Like many others, I think the ranking will be tight,” enthuses the president of the LBSAM, Jean-François Martin, who has invited all the organizations to the traditional 5 to 7 of the start of the season, Thursday at Three Rivers.
“Baseball is on a beautiful roll! It is found in the region, some associations lack of availability of land and we are always looking for coaches for minor baseball. In our senior league, adding reservists, there are over 270 players. They are all enthusiasts, who find the time to gather each Sunday, after a week of work, and in spite of all their occupations.”
The season should have started in a big way, with a weekend of action at the Stage in Stereo, but the rain makes the field unplayable.
The Eagles, who are the main tenants of the stadium, have therefore suggested to the leaders of the senior baseball to move the games later in the summer, Saturdays in the morning.
This means that each of the courses will have the opportunity to play at the stadium.”We would have liked as the ground is ready for them, but this is not the case. We see the importance of having a synthetic turf field at Three-Rivers”, lance laughing, the general manager of the franchise of the League, Can-Am, René Martin. The home Eagles will also host the all-star game, the July 21.
“We are trying to gain visibility, because the calibre of the game grows,” says John Blanchette, a member of the board of directors of the LBSAM.
“We have not yet reached the calibre of the former LBRM, but we’re getting there.”
Players, coaches and executives are hoping now that the weather will be their side this summer. The series are planned for the month of September.