THREE-RIVERS — If the winter has taken time to leave us one, Eagles, junior, them, want everything done to prolong the summer until the end of September.
The team of Jean-Philippe Lemay begins its regular schedule with a double header this Saturday, as early as 13 h, at the Stage Stereo against the Rocket South Shore of Coaticook. It will be important for a good start to the season, especially in a division as competitive as that of Trifluviens. But lo and behold, Lemay is already thinking to the series, who kept a bitter taste of his last two autumns at the helm of the Eagles.
“Nobody will remember you if you don’t win your last game, recall with accuracy the head coach. We won 28 games in 2016, this was repeated just last year, all of it in a section where the fight is fierce with Quebec, Charlesbourg, and Saguenay. Each time, it has stumbled in the second round. It is necessary to change it this year.”
Lemay is not fixed objectives, but we understand that another, earlier disposal will not be acceptable to him. With five veterans of 22 years in the alignment, the Eagles will focus on one of the clubs seasoned circuit Brulotte, thanks to the pillars that its become Ishmael Ballard, Joey Toupin, Jonathan Duforest, John-Anthony Lantigua and Francis Désilets.
“This is my third training camp as the driver and I think I have my most beautiful core,” advises Lemay, who will be assisted by Jean-Felix Proulx and Alexandre Béland. “Fifteen of our 17 players from the region, it is a great source of pride for us. The heart of the team is about the same, and we have added six new recruits. I have rarely felt such a good energy in the camp.”
Joey Toupin will have the privilege of launching the first game of the season on Saturday in the early afternoon. After this visit, two parties of Coaticook, the juniors will resume action on Sunday, facing the best players of 18 years of the Academy of baseball Canada.