Cham­pi­ons crowned, cap­ping off record­break­ing GMB sea­son

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

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.

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

MAK­ING CON­TACT: Felix Me­nard, of the Navy Seals, sends a ball into play, in ac­tion from the cham­pi­onship match of the coach-pitch divi­sion.

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