A very popular first edition
Senior baseball is alive and well in Sherbrooke. Sixteen senior-grade baseball teams will participate, from Thursday to Sunday, in the first edition of the Sherbrooke Senior Baseball Tournament. This event was established as a fundraiser for Baseball Sherbrooke.
D ouze teams will compete in the senior category A, while four teams will participate in the activities of participatory class.
The participation in this first edition is beyond the initial expectations, confirms Simon Prévost, vice-president at Baseball Sherbrooke.
The latter is also responsible for the Sherbrooke baseball league, which has six teams.
“In 2019, we are in a fourth year in the current form. Previously, this league existed for three years, at Marine Park. We realized at Baseball Sherbrooke that we did not have enough fundraising activities. In addition to the players’ registrations, we had an event at the beginning of the year, and our end-of-season gala only, “said Mr. Prévost.
“So we started the idea, with our seniors, and the response was very positive. So we join the two and the profits of the tournament will be paid entirely to Baseball Sherbrooke. Baseball is doing well and it is fun to see the older players get involved. ”
Seven teams from Sherbrooke will be present, as will teams from Baie-Comeau, Beauport, Asbestos and Val-Bélair.
“One of Sherbrooke’s teams will be former players from the Sherbrooke Expos and the Coaticook Big Bill, such as Éric Cyr, Martin Tanguay, Pascal Saint-Pierre and Patrick Scalabrini, the current head coach of the Capitales de Québec. Another formation, called Les Loups, will be made up of players who played junior or senior in Sherbrooke, in recent years, like Justin Fortin or Christophe Rouillard, “said Prévost.
“We were targeting eight teams in our class A, so to have 12, it’s very positive. We would have liked a few more teams in the participative. We want this class to be reserved for parents who are involved in minor baseball or who have young people registered during the summer, so that they can live a little, or put into practice, what their youngster is experimenting in the field. during the matches. ”
Matches will be held at Quintal 1 and 2 Parks and at Bureau Park.
“We want this tournament to become an annual event. For next year, we will probably adjust the date a bit; several senior A clubs were interested, but the fact that they were playing their playoffs after Labor Day was a drag.
Sébastien Goulet, Honorary President
Sébastien Goulet will be the honorary president of this first edition.
A sport animator at TVA Sports, the Sherbrookois got involved at a very young age with minor baseball Sherbrooke.
In addition to his job description at TVA Sports, he is also the voice of the Pif Classic, given ball, for years.
“It’s an honor to have thought of me. My late Uncle Jean-Paul has long been involved in senior baseball with the Athletiques de Sherbrooke at the time. He managed to convince Baseball Quebec Estrie to train me as a scorer, when I was only 12 years old. It was the beginning of my involvement in amateur sport that took me where I am today, “he told La Tribune.
“Also, the presentation of a tournament of this kind shows that the craze for baseball is very real in the province. ”
This return home is a source of memories and anecdotes for Sébastien Goulet.
“In my first game as a junior elite scorer, the A’s were in playoff play against Jonquière. I was 14 at the time. The match unfortunately ended in the 3rd inning because of the haze. ”
“I was an assistant at Stade Amédée-Roy for a few months in the mid-1990s. During a tournament, I received a special request from a coach, who wanted to know if we had a peak. I wondered what was the purpose of his excavation. It was to open the sewer cover near the players’ shelter on the 3rd base side, because his denture had fallen into it … ”
The final of the Senior A category is scheduled for Sunday at 3 pm at Parc Quintal 1.