Champions crowned, capping off recordbreaking GMB season
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor Saturday, under glorious sunshine, the 2017 season for Glengarry Minor Baseball culminated with champions crowned in its coach-pitch and minor divisions, capping off a summer that saw the sport’s participation grow dramatically.
The minor final was nail-biter, as the Alexandria Blues edged the Gray Wolves 10-9. The champs had been tops in the regular season too, sporting a 7-2-1 record heading into playoffs.
The day opened for the Blues with a 7-6 win over the Golden Gators in semifinal play. The other semi needed extra innings, for the Gray Wolves to get past the Incredible Hulks 5-4.
In the coach-pitch division, the title contest was just as tight, with the Maroon Bandits (first place during the regular season with a record of 8-1-1) sinking the Navy Seals 16-15.
Earlier semifinals saw the Bandits win by forfeit over the Blue Jays, while the Seals overpowered the Green Machine 13-5 in their semi.
The July 29 final day of play on the diamonds at the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria put the exclamation point on the season for GMB president Don McDougald.
Weather co-operated, for the most part, through the summer, with just one rainout.
Participation in the league grew, year-over-year, by 30 per cent.
McDougald is optimistic for continued growth in the years ahead too, as the group offers cost-effective Saturday morning activity for youngsters (girls and boys) ages 4 through 14.
New this year, GMB hosted a preliminary round of the international Pitch, Hit, and Run competition, with local winners advancing to the regional competition, in Trenton.
GMB currently operates as a house league program, with all games played in Alexandria. Past iterations of minor baseball have offered travel team opportunities, which may return in the future.
MAKING CONTACT: Felix Menard, of the Navy Seals, sends a ball into play, in action from the championship match of the coach-pitch division.