THREE-RIVERS — By his own admission, Jean-Philippe Lemay has been living, on Sunday, his day is the most difficult as the head coach of the Eagles junior.
Perfect Saturday in front of the Rocket of Coaticook in the opening season with decisive victories of 18-2 and 18-5, the Trifluviens have escaped both parties to the schedule, Sunday, against players under the age of 18 years of the Academy of baseball Canada.
But there are ways to lose more distracting than others. In this double, the Eagles juniors have committed 15 errors, en route to defeats to 11-8 and 23-9. It is 19 in four games. Veterans like Joey Toupin and Ishmael Ballard already have three blunders defensive to their master record. Ditto for Danick Lachance-Plant and Jeffrey Gérin-Lajoie. “This is the best and the worst in a short time, sighed Lemay. It was slightly unnerving, as much for us, the coaches, the players. We are fragile in some places, but on the other hand, we were among the only this weekend to begin the campaign with four matches in two days. We must now take a step back and find solutions.”
Lemay, however, remains cautious. Needless to pour into hasty conclusions. “I prefer to excel in September rather than in may. It is not for nothing that I was modest in my predictions. You might have a team on paper, it is on the field that you’re going to win the matches.”
The Eagles have not played chance Sunday, losing the services of two of their leaders in Jonathan Duforest and Francis Désilets. Their health status will be reassessed in the next few days.
In the ray of good news, the team was able to sign up 53 points in two days. Toupin, Désilets, Ballard, Raphaël Savard and Tom Guilbert were particularly prominent in chapter. It only remains now for the players to regain their feet up in defensive.