The Big Bill forces the holding of an ultimate match
Cornered at the foot of the wall, the Coaticook Big Bill was to win Friday night against the Sherbrooke Expos at the Amédée-Roy stadium. Jonathan Raftus kicked off a full match and the Coaticookois won 9-3, setting the stage for a decisive game on Sunday afternoon at Stade Julien-Morin.
To avoid sweeping two years in the first round of the playoffs, the Big Bill had to win at all costs. The Expos sent Philippe Valiquette to the mound to try to slip away with a victory in two games, but the latter did not have an easy exit.
The Big Bill scored a point in the first run on a bad pitch, but the Expos immediately responded. John Anthony Lantigua propelled a fast Raftus ball on the scoreboard at the center field, giving the Sherbrookers a 2-1 lead.
In the third set, the visitors took a serious option on the game. With the goals completed and no withdrawal on the clock, Myguel Comptois hit a single good for two points. Mathieu Boutin and Maxime Beaudoin both produced a point with singles.
Another bad pitch allowed the fifth runner to cross the line in this round, giving the Big Bill a 6-2 lead. This round meant the end for Philippe Valiquette, which was raised in favor of John Anthony Lantigua.
The rest of the match was the case of Raftus and the Big Bill. While the offense added three more points in the sixth inning, the young pitcher pulled out, preventing the Expos to return to the match. With this 9-3 win, the two-of-three series is now 1-1.
“My fastball and curved ball were good tonight,” said Raftus. It had been two weeks since I had started, so my arm was cool. When I embark on the mound, I always want to throw seven innings. I’m glad I did it tonight, especially with our back against the wall. ”
Still short of several players, the Big Bill head coach Jonathan Breton was satisfied that his team managed to sign a good victory on the road, extending their season until Sunday at least.
“The game plan was to launch Valiquette and it worked,” he explains. We all too often hit the first shot against Michel Goudreau in yesterday’s defeat, we managed to be more patient today. ”
Although one of his players made him a few moments before the match, Breton was able to count on his field player and speed dealer Maxime Beaudoin, who made an impact from his arrival in the third inning.
“The guys put pressure on our opponents and took advantage of their largesse,” he continues. Jonathan Raftus was excellent, he saved me throwers that I can use Sunday. I do not know yet who will start the next game, I have a lot of decisions to take by then. If we can win on Sunday, we find several key players for the series against Shawinigan. ”
The final match will take place Sunday at 3 pm at Stade Julien-Morin in Coaticook.