Young Thomas Chevrier, 14, hit a game-winning long hit at Paul-Marcel-Maheu Park in Laval to help the South Shore baseball team win the grand final of the Quebec Games against Mauricie, Tuesday.
“It's my best moment in life,” admitted the boy from Varennes, a few moments after being surrounded by his teammates, including Maxime Décarie, who had the pleasure of crossing home plate on the sequence.
“I'm really happy, it's such a good feeling to see the ball leave the stick and to know that the victory is right there in our reach, added Chevrier. We had some great Jeux du Québec, we were a good group and it was such a well organized tournament.”
There had to be a winning club at the end of this high final, which ended with the score of 4 to 3 at the end of the eighth inning. After the seven regular innings, the 3-3 tie persisted.
“It was perfect, you can't have a better scenario, reacted the head coach of the formation from the South Shore, Simon Dupuis. We were in the final and our players were good, both on the mound and defensively.”
“Thomas had a great tournament. In addition to his batting, he made big catches in center field. In the final, he hit the game-winning hit, after closing the door to the opponent late in the game as a pitcher. He is incredible,” added Dupuis, about the hero of the day.
A team victory
The contribution of all the players obviously deserves to be emphasized. The core of the winning team was formed mainly by the Patriotes Bantam AAA team from De Mortagne high school in Boucherville. Décarie, who was the starting pitcher for the final, also had a strong game for the South Shore.
Several members of the club, including Chevrier and Décarie, were also selected to represent Quebec at the next 15U national championship next month in Saskatchewan.
“This is my best experience and I'm sure there are many more to come,” projected Chevrier.< /p>
As for the Quebec Games, the end of baseball competitions coincides with the start of the women's softball tournament, from Wednesday to Friday, at Rosaire-Gauthier Park, in Laval.