(Granby) A win, two losses, transaction, a territorial draft pick and the resignation of manager: the least we can say is that Junior Elite Warriors have had a busy weekend.
Following a series of five defeats, the Warriors seemed yet to breathe a little easier after having returned to winning ways on Saturday against the formation of the under 17 Academy of Baseball Canada (ABC).
But dramatic turn of events, the coach of the Warriors, Marc Labbé, who was in his first season as manager of the club, resigned in between meetings of the doubleheader between the two clubs at Saturday Napoleon-Fontaine stage.
“We’re a young team in reconstruction. The main goal for me was to develop players for the upcoming season. It was perhaps not the priority of the organization. It is a sad end, “failed Mr. Labbe.
He assured that his departure has nothing to do with his club performances in difficulties or players he managed. It is rather a conflict between him and the Chief Warrior, Mathieux Rochefort, who was behind the resignation.
Firing the gun
In the first duel on Saturday Warriors, Labbé made the decision to withdraw Maxime Beaudoin center field as he was his starting pitcher for the second meeting. The latter, he said, needed rest and was about to get his first start in life as a pitcher.
The Warriors then held a good lead. Its removal has led to some defensive errors and the Warriors have almost lost the game. Although they still won 10-9, the CEO of the Warriors have made known its displeasure after the game.
This is what would set fire to the powder. “Yet we had played a good game, but there was a lack of respect and a surplus of emotion. When we no longer working on the same project, we no longer share the same goals, it is sometimes better to separate, “Labbe noted.
Contacted in turn to deliver his story, Mathieux Rochefort too has not wanted to expand on the subject. “Me, I just acted as CEO. I asked questions, I spoke with him and Mr. Labbé made the decision to leave. I do not have much else to say. I just did my job. ”
Mr. Rochefort said that these are the three other club coaches, Jacques Martin, Yannick Parent and Deibis Gomez, which will ensure the interim in the paddock. “Marc was my man for the season and for years to come … but I am very comfortable with the work of these three guys.”
Labbé was not about him tried to hide his disappointment. “I would have loved to complete the project safely … I’m especially disappointed for the players. We must not forget that a new first-year players on the field this season, “he noted as an explanation for the losses that accumulate.
He also threw a small arrow to the club’s organization but said it was out of question that he is returning with the Junior Warriors AA. “There are many good people who have passed through here, but there are not many who remained … I’ve already had calls and emails of encouragement. I do not think I’ll have a hard time finding me another position, “concluded Mr. Labbe.
Transaction and draft
There was also action in the field this weekend and Warriors have fared with a gain and two losses in three parts deal with ABC-17. After winning 10-9 Saturday Granby residents were beaten 11-2 at the next meeting. Despite a good opposition, they also lost 4-3 to ABC-17 Sunday afternoon, always in front of their supporters.
Warriors find themselves with a record of 6 and 18 reverses gains, the ones who still occupy the last position of the Uniprix division. Shortly after the draft territorial players 17 years old Saturday morning Mathieux Rochefort is also fetched some reinforcement by acquiring the pitcher Malcolm Gardner Rocket Coaticook.
The Warriors also got the first choice of Coaticook in return infielder Shawn Rainville. “Gardner is a player that will bring a lot of leadership in the team. It is only since Saturday and we already feel a difference in the locker room, “assured Rochefort.
Marc-Antoine Lefebvre (U-17 ABC), Lucas Bouchard (D-1 Patriotes), Aris Zimakas (As Lachine D-2), Tristan Guilbert (Falcons RHS D-1) and Yan Leblanc (Falcons RHS D-1) were also the choice of five Warriors at the territorial draft.