STRAIT AREA: It’s still fairly early, but the youngest team in the Richmond Amateur Baseball Association (RABA) is proving itself to be one of the best.
The Isle Madame Mariners, following a pair of Sunday wins over the St. Peter’s Royals, are nursing a 4-2 record, sitting them just half-a-game behind the league-leading Little Anse Hawks, still undefeated in three games. And just half-a-game behind the Mariners is the Port Hawkesbury Bucs (4-3) who sit in third place.
Seeing the Mariners and Bucs do so well is maybe a bit unexpected, which isn’t to say the teams aren’t talented, but the Mariners are still relatively new to the RABA. This is only the Mariners’ third season, and last season the Bucs only lasted six games (all losses) before exiting due to a lack of players.
Also, last year, the Mariners won only three of 16 games.
Rounding out the league are the fourth place Inverness Athletics (2-2), the fifth place Petit de Grat Red Caps (1-2), and the sixth place Royals (1-6).
Last Sunday’s double header had the Mariners win 4-1 and 7-4.
Drake Boudreau pitched the first game, with Jimmy Bungay going two for two with two runs and an RBI. Royals pitcher Cooper Fraser took the loss, and Kelly Pottie went three for three with an RBI.
Garnering the win in the second game was Dylan David, and Vince Pottie took the loss. Mariner Zack Bond was three for five, and Royal Robbie Mann was two for three with an RBI.
Last Wednesday, the Mariners dropped the Red Caps 9-3.
The winning pitcher was Zack Bond, who also went four for five at the plate with three singles and a double. Richard Boudreau took the loss for Petit de Grat. The Caps’ top hitter was Jake Boudreau, who went two for four with two singles.
Also last Sunday, the Bucs and Athletics split a pair in Inverness.
The first one went to the Bucs in a 26-13 final.
Mitchell Legatto was the winning pitcher, and leading the Bucs were Jordan Chaisson, a double, two singles, and five RBIs; and Peter Clow, four singles and three RBIs. Dylan MacDonald took the loss for Inverness. Corbin Beaton had a double, three singles and three RBIs; and Coady Yipp had three singles.
The second went to Inverness 13-12.
MacDonald pitched the win this time out, and Clow took the loss. Working well for the Athletics were Mark Copely, four singles; Liam MacDonnell, three singles; and Corbin Beaton, two singles. Replying for the Bucs were Clow, three singles and three RBIs; and Legatto, three singles.
The Bucs also dropped Petit de Grat last Thursday in an 11-8 final.
On Tuesday of last week, Little Anse scored its third win of the season in a 7-2 final against St. Peter’s.
Mitchel Farrell pitched the win, and Noah Landry was two for two with three runs. Taking the loss was Darren Campbell. Josh Mason was one for three with two RBIs.
On June 17, a double header between the Hawks and Inverness was postponed.
Games taking place in the near future include the following:
Tuesday, June 20: Hawks at Mariners (6 p.m.)
Friday, June 23: Bucs at Mariners (6 p.m.)
Saturday, June 24: Royals at Red Caps (doubleheader, 1 p.m.)
Sunday, June 25: Athletics at Mariners (doubleheader, 1 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 27: Royals at Bucs (6 p.m.)
Wednesday, June 28: Bucs at Hawks (6 p.m.)