BASEBALL. The baseball team of the Cégep de Drummondville Voltigeurs once again exercised their dominance over their opponents by winning a third consecutive title in the playoffs of the Quebec Student Sport Network (RSEQ).
The squad led by Samuel Guilbert defeated Lynx from Cégep Édouard-Montpetit with the mark 6 to 0, Saturday night, at Jacques-Desautels stadium, to put an exclamation mark on a perfect season.
The conquest of a third championship in a row (2018, 2019 and 2021) confirms Voltigeurs that they have built a winning culture in their baseball program. “Everyone did their job. We are very proud to get back a third title. This year it has been harder to find. We had to earn it. We had everything to lose. It is a relief somewhere. We will be able to train as a champion during the winter, ”explained Samuel Guilbert.
The players had to develop despite a very cold temperature throughout the day, when the semi-final was played at 10 o’clock, while the mercury indicated three degrees Celsius at 17.00 for the final which was played in front of almost 200 spectators.
On the field, the head coach could not ask for better performance from his team. – I take my hat off to the players. It is really not easy to win one or two matches in this case, which you are going to win. We had a regular season of 12 wins and no losses. We came in series with all the pressure on our shoulders. I felt that my players were in control. I could see it in their eyes, “Guilbert commented.
In the victory, the musty Charles Trépanier delivered a brilliant performance by occupying the mound throughout the seven rounds of the game, and collecting the end of the process. “The story of the match was the performance of Charles Trépanier. He was on his last start with the Voltigeurs. Throwing in a temperature we had, it really is not easy. He arrived as a warrior, without long sleeves,” said the Voltigeurs pilot.
Trépanier also stood out in the sixth inning, catching an arrow from the Lynx battery and then throwing the ball to first base to complete a double play.
It is above all the performance of the whole team that Samuel Guilbert retains. “We have many players who stood out, but it was especially the approach to beat that I liked. We were patient. The opposing pitchers did not have an easy time against our hits. They must have made many throws to get strikeouts. We made them work a lot, and that was the key to our success, says the head coach.
It was also a final battle for veterans Loïc Dupont and Samuel Rajotte, who completed their time with the Voltigeurs. Dupont also hit the first hit of the final before scoring the first point of the match. In the semifinals, Rajotte hit a double that gave Voltigeurs back the momentum. “Our three veterans really contributed to the team’s success,” said Samuel Guilbert.
In the semifinals, a few hours earlier, the Voltigeurs had beaten Dawson College 11-4. After 3-2, Drummondvillois took advantage of the defensive greatness of the Blues to register five points in the fourth round and thus take the lead 7-3. On the mound, William St-Pierre and Mathis Leclerc teamed up for the winners.
Looking to the future
Now that season 2021 is behind them, Samuel Guilbert, his coaching staff and the Voltigeurs players are looking at next season. The team will maintain the standard of excellence it has confirmed in recent months. After being appointed best baseball program College or University of Canada, the Voltigeurs have maintained a combined record of 29 wins and four losses, including the regular season and playoffs, as well as exhibition matches and the start of the season in Ottawa.
– We want good recruitment. It is assumed that a good team base first and foremost begins with recruitment. The team trains together four to five times a week. We have to prepare the players for the summer season and for the next season with Voltigeurs. After all, we do not want to think too far at the moment. We will cope with the winter one step at a time, “suggested the head coach.
RSEQ also presented the roster for the star game for the 2021. Voltigeurs Loïc Dupont, as second baseman, Samuel Rajotte, as outfielder, and Izaï Beauregard, as designated hitter, were selected.
(In collaboration with Jonathan Habashi)