In 1977 there was one team less in the Richmond Amateur Baseball Association (RABA) as the St. Peter’s Royals took a leave of absence to test their skills in the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League.
The league continued with two divisions: Mainland: Louisdale Baracos, Louisdale Mooseheads, River Bourgeois, Lower River, and Port Hawkesbury. The Island division consisted of Arichat, Petit de Grat, Alderney Point, Little Anse, and D’Escousse. The schedule was increased to a formidable 26 games with the four top teams in each division making the play-offs.
Opening day for 1977 was May 22 and there were eight teams in action: River Bourgeois 10 Mooseheads 4; Alderney Point 5 Arichat 3; Lower River 5 Port Hawkesbury 4; Petit de Grat 19 D’Escousse 8. In this game Keith David of the Red Caps had three home runs and a single for six RBI.
In non-RABA news, four former and current RABA players were named to the Nova Scotia Canada Games Baseball Team. They were Robert MacDonald and Robbie Mann of the Royals, Phillip Boudreau of the Arichat A’s, and Doug Landry of the PDG Red Caps.
The annual all-star game was played on July 5 and went to the Island team by a score of 21 to 14. Ron Boudreau of the winning team was chosen the MVP by virtue of his triple, double, single and three RBI.
This was the season of records in the RABA. The July 27 edition of The Scotia Sun reported that the Petit de Grat Red Caps had set a record for runs scored at 257 upsetting the St. Peter’s Royals previous record of 214. The Caps also drew attention for a 30-2 trouncing of Lower River, the second highest run total ever scored in one game. In that particular contest Richard Boudreau went five for eight with three doubles and two singles for a total of five runs batted in.
The final standings for 1977:
Louisdale Baracos 24-2
River Bourgeois 16-10
Port Hawkesbury 9-17
Lower River 8-18
Louisdale Mooseheads 6-20
Little Anse 16-10
Alderney Point 14-12
Quarter final action began on August 13 pitting PDG versus Alderney Point, Little Anse against Arichat, the Baracos facing Lower River, and River Bourgeois taking on Port Hawkesbury. The Red Caps swept Alderney Point 8-6 and 16-4 and the Baracos did the same to Lower River by scores of 11-3 and 12-6.
The Arichat-Little Anse series went three games: the Golden Hawks took game one 11-5 but the A’s bounced back to win games two and three by scores of 3-2 and 12-5.
The Port Hawkesbury-River Bourgeois series also went the distance with Port Hawkesbury shutting out the River 7-0 in game one, but losing games two and three 13-5 and 15-5.
The semi-final round began on August 20. Once again this was a best-of-three series featuring the Baracos against River Bourgeois and Petit de Grat facing Arichat. Neither series went the distance. It was the Baracos 21-10 and 13-6 over the Schooners and the Red Caps 13-5 and 7-5 over Arichat. (Continued next week.)