The local opening of the Charlesbourg Alouettes looked like good old junior baseball from yesteryear on Tuesday night. Points per ton, wasted advances, improbable returns, bad coupons due to the rugged terrain, the 185 spectators got their money’s worth.
As unbelievable as it may seem, the Alouettes let slip a 13-8 lead in the seventh inning to allow the Quebec Diamonds to save themselves with a 16-13 “olé ole” gain snatched by a surge of eight points in their last round at bat in an interminable match that made the entry fee inexpensive for the number of hours spent at Henri-Casault Park…
Not only did the Alouettes (0-5) lead by five points at the start of the seventh, they had also taken a big step towards a first win this season, as they led 7-2 after three innings. But the Diamonds never gave up, securing the medal for relentlessness in addition to their fourth victory in five games this season.
“It was a crazy game, and for us I have to admit it was an unexpected victory. But overall it wasn’t a good game. It looked like the two teams were participating in an exchange of Christmas gifts and that in the end, it was us who got the best, ”said Diamonds head coach Dominik Walsh, who used two players. position at the mound to spare his pitchers a little.
The Alouettes got their fifth victory in as many outings. The pitchers have been roughed up, allowing 15 hits and yet to pitch accurately as they’ve given up eight more walks, bringing their tally to 44 in five games since the start of the Junior League Baseball season. elite of Quebec.
“This is the story of our season, the Alouettes are still being beaten by themselves… We are not able to play with the lead and close the door. We’re 0-5, it’s boring because we have a better team than that, ”summed up their head coach Frédéric Lajoie in two words.
The two teams have therefore divided the honors of their first face to face of the season. Alouettes and Diamants will meet again, Friday evening in Charlesbourg and Saturday afternoon in Quebec.
Alexandre Bédard made the most noise at bat for the Diamonds with four hits and four RBIs. He notably hit a home run on the second pitch of the game to set the tone for an exciting game to the max, at least for hitters and spectators.
Neven Dominguez had the most opportune hit of the night, however, with his two-run single at the start of the seventh inning allowing his side to cap the comeback and take a 14-13 lead.
The Alouettes had nevertheless managed enough points to hope to win. But no one could have imagined that they would let slip two leads of 7-2 and 13-8.
William Gault led Charlesbourg’s 11-hit backfire with three hits and three RBIs, the same number as Jean Nicolas Leblanc and Raphaël Ross.
And as if that wasn’t enough, the game ended late as the Alouettes threatened with goals filled …
A final withdrawal that allowed us to avoid missing the deadline!