PETIT DE GRAT: The end of the regular season for the Richmond Amateur Baseball Association (RABA) is looming, and the level of parity between the top teams promises to make for an exciting postseason.

Holding onto the top spot in the league is the four-time champion Little Anse Hawks (11-4-1) but the Petit de Grat Red Caps (12-6-1) are only half a game back. Behind them, the young-but-mighty Isle Madame Mariners sit at 11-8, and the Port Hawkesbury Bucs (having picked up some players from the on-hiatus Louisdale Baracos) sit in fourth at 8-9. In fifth place are the Inverness Athletics (8-10) and sitting in sixth are the St. Peter’s Royals (3-16).

In regard to parity, take a look at the results from last Sunday where the Mariners and Red Caps split a doubleheader. The Mariners took the first game 3-1, and the Red Caps took the second one 5-4. That action took place in Petit de Grat.

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The first game saw Mariner Zack Bond pitch the win. Bond was also on the mound for game two. Pitching for the Caps the first game was Richard Boudreau, and David Paupin was throwing Ks in the second.

Leading Petit de Grat hitting in game two was Warren Olsen, going one-for-two with two RBIs, two stolen bases, and three walks.

On Thursday of last week in Port Hawkesbury, Little Anse Hawk Justin Delorey pitched a 14-7 win over the host Bucs. Jacques Gerroir took the loss for Port Hawkesbury.

Top players through the nine innings were Hawk Ryan Samson (two singles, a double, and three RBIs), Hawk Tyler Babin (three singles and two RBIs), Buc Peter Clow (three singles and two RBIs), and Buc Lucien Gerroir (a single, double, and RBI).

Also on Thursday, the Red Caps took down St. Peter’s 7-2.

Don Fougere pitched a complete game for the Caps and allowed only four hits. Vince Pottie was the losing pitcher.

Playing well for the Red Caps were Laurier Fougere, going two-for-three with an RBI and two sacrifice bunts. Maurice Boudreau had two singles and two RBIs. Replying for St. Peter’s was Steven Campbell, going two-for-four with an RBI.

Last Wednesday, the Bucs scored an 8-0 win over the Royals.

Wes Brown was the man on the mound for the Bucs, tossing 10 strikeouts for the guys. St. Peter’s Darren Campbell battled hard but took the loss.

Brown was also good with the bat, as he had three singles and two runs batted in. Christian Marchard was also playing well for the Bucs, with a single, a double, and three RBIs. Royal Jonathan Stone had a double.

Also on Wednesday was a close one at the Petit de Grat field, with the Mariners managing a 9-8 win over the Little Anse.

Drake and Dobson Boudreau were lead men for the Mariners, with Drake pitching the win and Dobson homering and driving in three runs. Little Anse’s Brandon Boudreau went four-for-five with three RBIs.

Following the end of regular season play, playoffs are scheduled to begin on the weekend of August 14. Two series will take place, with the third place and sixth place teams battling and the fourth and fifth matching up. The first and second place teams will be given byes.

Upcoming games include the following:

August 2: Bucs at Royals 6 p.m.

August 5: Hawks at Athletics (doubleheader) 1 p.m.

August 10: Red Caps at Mariners 7 p.m.