It was a beautiful, warm summer evening that the baseball season started at Quillorama Stadium in Trois-Rivières. More than 500 people took the trouble to come to attend such an evening, a first in almost a year.
For the president of the Eagles, René Martin, to finally see a game played in front of the fans was a great satisfaction.
“I’m very happy to have seen this tonight! There are players from the Eagles structure who have come to meet. Everything we’re got in place since 2013 is starting to work. We are on our way out of the pandemic, and I look forward to seeing what lies ahead of us after this. Team Quebec is doing well and we saw some spectacular games during this Junior Eagles game. I do not remember seeing such a large audience for a junior game. I am enthusiastic about the next step, “he said.
Like the president of the Eagles, fans were also very pleased to be able to attend this first baseball game with the audience, especially since Mother Nature had decided to be mild by offering the mildest weather for the opportunity.
“It’s a great family outing! It feels good to be able to leave the house, especially since it is a very nice evening. I’m not a big enough connoisseur, but for me the show is also nice with junior and professional “, claimed Serge Crochetière.
“It’s great! We’re coming to cheer on our young players with friends and family. What was most enjoyable was the atmosphere and animation present. It’s very nice as an evening,” noted Manon Leblond.
A defensive game in favor of the Eagles
The supporters gathered for the occasion were treated to a most defensive duel with effective work from the two formations, as well as the four artillerymen, namely Louis Ager for the Eagles and Émile Boies for the Diamonds. It was Trifluviens who finally managed to win 1-0 thanks to a double from third baseman Hughes Martineau, who allowed Antoine Tremblay to cross the plate in the fourth round.
“The atmosphere was nice and the players appreciated it. We felt a little nervous at the start of the game, which is normal. We were up against a good pitcher and a good team. It was a close game with a good defense, which represents our formation well. We were opportunistic while we were dangerous from the first to the ninth batter. I am satisfied, “said leader Rémi Doucet at the end of the meeting.
The latter especially praised the boldness of Tremblay who knew how to steal the second pillow, who then let him come back to record the first point of the match. “If the odds are not there, in such a match, you have to provoke them. This is exactly what we did there. It was worth the risk. It was a turning point, and these are the kind of decisions you have to make in a game. “
Victoriavillois reliever Nathan Landry, for his part, has completed the work that Ager started to materialize the locals’ victory. The shooter who plays in the NCAA with the University of Missouri is in a way taming this role that requires closing the books, and he knew how to respond to the challenge, Doucet assures. “Nathan was ready and he knew what he had to do. He threw and he did not let himself be swung. Having him in order, it gives a good dose of confidence. I’m happy with his performance, but it’s not surprising to us. ”
Return to Team Quebec country delayed?
Theoretically, Équipe Québec, a professional club in the Frontier League formed by players from Aigles de Trois-Rivières and Capitales de Québec who are currently in exile in the US, must return to Canada in the next few weeks to play their first game in Quillorama Stadium July 23rd. However, club leaders must receive a letter from the government that will allow the teams to cross the border so that Team Quebec’s games can be held as planned in Trois-Rivières and Quebec. However, it is a small problem to mark this return, because the deadline for obtaining this famous letter of authorization and thus allowing the holding of this first confrontation on 23 July is set for 30 June. Simply a miracle, this letter will not arrive on time, and this will mean that the first games planned on Quebec soil will have to be held in the United States. – We hear that there will soon be relief, but the problem is that we have to give the league a letter saying that the borders will be open. Obviously we do not want that, “the Eagles president explained.
This means that the return of professional baseball to Trois-Rivières will potentially be moved to the beginning of August. In this way, the Eagles organization would lose at least three games at Quillorama Stadium. “We would go from 14 to 11, which would be a shame. With all we have to present, the government should allow us to do so. It seems that we do not get the answer in time. We must also respect the other teams in all this. Tri-City, who come here for the first duels, should therefore organize the matches and have time to sell tickets. ”