At first glance, the two teams look alike, but there will only be one winner at the end of this confrontation between the finalists in the Quebec Elite Junior Baseball League, Aigles Jr in Trois-Rivières and Bisons of St-Eustache.
The first match of the Brulotte circuit final is scheduled for Thursday night, 19:30, in St-Eustache. The two teams then meet for a double program, Saturday afternoon at Quillorama Stadium in Trois-Rivières. At this point, the Eagles hope to have forged a 1-0 lead in the series.
“The guys are excited, we can not wait for this to start. And I will not hide from you that we are approaching this final with a certain confidence, without being exaggerated, says the head coach of the Eagles, Rémi Doucet.
We will not blame Trifluviens for being enthusiastic at this stage of the season. The team had a record of seven wins and a single loss in the playoffs. She also saved her season by completing a comeback on Saturday in the sixth round, during the Tournament of Champions which served as the third round, in Granby.
The Eagles then went 2-0 behind Bisons, before leveling at 2-2 in the sixth and then winning in the tenth round. The meeting hero, pitcher Christopher St-Pierre, delivered a complete performance on the mound with 141 seats!
During this Champions Tournament, Guerriers de Granby were excluded from the championship race. This means that Bisons and Eagles must decide the debate in the final. The first team to win three matches is crowned LBJEQ Champion. Regardless of who wins, St-Eustache (2003) or Trois-Rivières (2005) will win the title for the first time in several years.
– We know the scope of the challenge. For the majority of our players, it is a first final in the junior elite. And for us, the coaches, it’s just as stimulating! ”
In the Eagles’ wardrobe these days, heads turn to Antoine Gervais, who had the chance to enjoy two championships with Quebec Diamonds. “He shares his experience with his teammates.”
Speaking of experience, Doucet was still blown away by Christopher St-Pierre’s incredible outing throw last Saturday. The 22-year-old veteran returns to the mound on Saturday at the Stade Quillorama for one of two matches in the doubles program. Until then, the coach will hand over the ball on Thursday to Louis Ager, who is used to the first playoff games.
Opposite Ager, Nicolas Legault, meets Eagles Jr. again. The same Legault had played an entire match against them during the Tournament of Champions.
“Bisons is like us as a team. They have stinging power, their hearts can hurt. But there is also a team that produces points in a different way, whether it is by putting down the sacrificial bundle, stealing goals or provoking the defense. They are dynamic and in their small stadium it hits many circles! “
A victory for the Eagles on Thursday would put pressure on Bisons when they travel to Trois-Rivières. Since the start of the playoffs, the Eagles have won road games in Quebec City and Saguenay, two places where it is difficult to win.
“We know the advantage it gives, so we will do everything to come home with the victory.”