Despite the uncertain weather during the day, two games could be played in the Puribec Baseball League on Wednesday night. CIEL-FM from Rivière-du-Loup defeated Bérubé GM from Trois-Pistoles with a score of 9 to 3, while Braves of Témiscouata had the upper hand over Shaker of Rimouski 5 to 4.
At the Paul-Émile Dubé Stadium in Trois-Pistoles, CIEL-FM de Rivière-du-Loup was very opportunistic and scored a total of eight points after two strikes to claim victory.
In the second half, a defensive error opened the door for the visitors who scored four points, including two from a Joey Toupin single, and the score was 4-0. CIEL-FM added to the lead in the 5th round thanks to a two-point double from Frédéric Tardif.
When they returned to the bat, the locals showed signs of life when Nicolas Thibault, author of a double to start half-set, came to score on a single from Dave Voyer. But once again, Rivière-du-Loups attacked the rest with three points in the next set on a sacrificial ball from Jérome Ouellet and a single from Vincent Tardif.
Le Bérubé GM tried the impossible in the 7th round and scored two points, but it was too little, too late. On the mound, Joey Toupin collected the victory with six hits in four rounds of work. Vincent Tardif came in to save the furniture in the 5th round. For the Trois-Pistoles, starter Dave Voyer led the acting backhand for four and two-thirds of the time.
In Rimouski, Braves Batitech from Témiscouata came from behind in the 7th round, thanks to a three-point push to eventually win against Shaker.
It was the sacrificial ball of the outfielder Étienne Bergeron against the reliever Pier-Luc Ouellet that crowned this comeback at the end of the match. Earlier, Félix Castonguay had hit a productive single that put pressure on Maxime Dugas who in turn had collected a goal on the ball.
The locals had still taken the lead in the match in the second half with two points on a double from Pier-Luc Ouellet and a single from Maxime Lévesque. But the visitors responded in turn to batting, especially on a single from Dany Paradis-Giroux. In the 6th round, Shaker thought they had given the final blow with a 4-2 lead on a new hit from Maxime Lévesque, but Braves Batitech had not said his last word. Félix Castonguay collected the victory on the mound and Dany Paradis-Giroux came to close the books in the 7th round for rescue.