Stanstead Soft­ball team on way to Na­tion­als

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Stanstead’slo­cal men’s soft­ball team, Team Steve Piz­zaria, were the win­ners in a tour­na­ment held in Stanstead over the week­end, win­ning all six of their games. “I’m very proud of all my guys. We’re a fairly new team and we beat teams that play to­gether ev­ery week­end. This town has a good breed of ball play­ers!” said player and team coach, John Langevin. “Our old­est player is 47, to­day, and our youngest is about 16. We made sure to keep the age limit lower so the kids wouldn’t have to wait un­til they were eigh­teen to play. It took a good mix of young and old to win that tour­na­ment.” Ten teams from all around the Town­ships, Sher­brooke, Coat­i­cook, Bromp­tonville, Rich­mond and as far away as Trois Rivieres took part over the week­end.

Win­ning this tour­na­ment is help­ing the lo­cal team to qual­ify for next year’s Cana­dian Na­tional Cham­pi­onship that will be held in Monc­ton. “To qual­ify we still have to play an­other tour­na­ment in July, play in the provin­cials and have a tour­na­ment in Stanstead. We have a year to get the team ready,” ex­plained as­sis­tant coach Brad Craw­ford, who is also the pres­i­dent of the new league and plays on the team.

Be­sides play­ing soft­ball, this new team has been busy fix­ing up the ball park on Parc Street, just down from the Pat Burns Arena. “We’ve worked hard as a com­mit­tee. We’ve painted the bleach­ers, the bath­rooms, the walls, the dugouts, the floors. We have lots of signs of our spon­sors up now on the fence around the field; that helped us a lot. We put in the ef­fort be­cause we love ball,” said Mr. Langevin. “We’d also like to thank Henk Streme­laar, the owner of Steve’s Pizze­ria, for spon­sor­ing our team,” added Mr. Craw­ford.

The team’s ros­ter in­cludes: Brad Craw­ford, Bran­don Crook, Der­rick Flan­ders, Nathaniel Jac­ques, Billy Langevin, John Langevin, Etienne Les­sard, John Mad­diss, Corey Peck, Se­bastien Provost, Stephane Roy, and J.F. Veil­lette.

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