Photo by Grant McDaniel David Paupin and the Petit de Grat Red Caps scored a 2-1 series win over the Bucs in the semi-finals of the RABA playoffs.

PETIT DE GRAT: It wasn’t easy, but the Petit de Grat Red Caps found a way past the Port Hawkesbury Bucs to earn a game three win and, more importantly, earn a place in the Richmond Amateur Baseball Association (RABA) championship series.

“It looked like we had the game in control, but they kept fighting back,” said Petit de Grat coach Richard Boudreau, after the 13-10 win last Tuesday night.

“Even at the last out, they had a couple guys on. We had them for the first five innings. Don Fougere faced a minimum number of batters, and we were up 5-0 for a good part of it. We were up 12-4 at one point, but they fought back.

“They got most of their hits in the last two or three innings. They were tough.”

As Boudreau mentioned, Fougere was the winning pitcher.

Hitting was fairly spread out for both teams, but leading the Red Cap effort was Warren Olsen, two singles and a double with two RBIs; Maurice Boudreau, a single and triple with two RBIs; and Jeremy Samson, with three singles and a pair of RBIs.

On the Port Hawkesbury side, Scott Goyetche had three singles and one RBI, and Christian Marchand had three singles. Wes Brown took the loss on the mound.

“It’s going to be exciting to play Little Anse in the finals,” the coach said. “We haven’t done that in a few years, so we’re looking to give them a good go.”

Port Hawkesbury lost the first game of the series 10-5, and Petit de Grat lost the second game 5-1.

In the other RABA semi-final series, the Little Anse Hawks scored back-to-back wins over the Isle Madame Mariners by scores of 10-0 and 11-0.

There is so far no definitive word on when the championship series will be played, but it looks like action will start on September 8. In the immediate future, the Hawks and Red Caps will join forces to battle all comers as the Red Hawks, the host of this year’s Intermediate A Baseball Nova Scotia Provincial Championship.