August 15, 1973 final regular season standings:
Louisdale Baracos 14-6
River Bourgeois Schooners 12-7
St. Peter’s Royals 11-7
Port Hawkesbury 11-8
Little Anse Golden Hawks 10-10
D’Escousse Rebels 8-12
PDG Red Caps 8-12
Arichat Triple A’s 4-16
The play-offs began on Saturday August 18 with a quarter-final format and ended August 29.
Arichat 1 – Little Anse 7
Arichat 10 – Little Anse 7
Arichat 6 – Little Anse 8 (Little Anse advanced)
Louisdale 4 – Port Hawkesbury 2
Louisdale 8 – Port Hawkesbury 6
(Louisdale advanced to the semi-finals)
River Bourgeois 10 – St. Peter’s 2
St. Peter’s 5 – River Bourgeois 2
St. Peter’s 23 – River Bourgeois 6
(St. Peter’s advanced)
PDG 8 – D’Escousse 13
PDG 14 – D’Escousse 8
PDG 7 – D’Escousse 1 (PDG advanced)
The semi-finals pitted PDG versus Louisdale and St. Peter’s versus Little Anse. But this round would not begin until provincial play-downs took place early in September, and once again Richmond County baseball proved to be among the best in Nova Scotia and beyond.
The team from Little Anse captured the Intermediate “B” title by besting Maccan 8-3, Clark’s Harbour 4-0, and Strait 3-2. In this final game, Robbie Samson was outstanding on the mound and provided the game-winning hit.
But the Golden Hawks were not done yet. Maritime Intermediate “B” action was played at home and in Lancaster, New Brunswick. The first game took place on the Petit de Grat field but home field was no advantage as Lorneville bested Little Anse 10-8. Travelling to Lancaster, the Golden Hawks won game two 13-10; Terry Samson belted a triple and double and Maurice Boudreau had a triple and single.
The championship game went to L.A. 4-2 behind the pitching of James Landry and the two-RBI performance of Terry Samson. The Little Anse Golden Hawks were the best Intermediate “B” baseball team in the Maritime provinces!
The RABA play-offs resumed on September 12. Both series went the distance. Little Anse won the first game 5-4, but then lost 8-2 and 6-5 to St. Peter’s. The Royals advanced to the championship round.
In the other series, the Baracos took game one 7-1, the Red Caps Red Caps bounced back winning 7-2 but Louisdale took the tie breaker 11-3 to advance to meet St. Peter’s in the final.
This series was put on hold when the River, St. Peter’s, and Louisdale combined teams to vie for a berth in senior play-downs. On Saturday, September 22, the Louisdale Schooners defeated the Sydney Steel Kings behind the five-hit pitching of John MacPhee and the offence of Richie Mann, Gilbert Boucher, and Billy Digout.
Two games went on Sunday September 23 with Sydney winning 5-2 and forcing the rubber match in which the Schooners prevailed 6-5. Barry Marched allowed eight hits and added a single and double, Bucky Samson had three singles, while Bobby Samson and Richie Mann had a single and double each to win the Cape Breton Senior Baseball title.
The following weekend, September 29-30, the Schooners challenged Truro for the provincial senior title. The result was a split, Truro taking the first contest 4-3 despite the five-hit, 12-strikeout performance of Barry Marchand. The following day, the Schooners outscored Truro 11-8. Leo King was the winning pitcher and Barry Marchand chipped in with five runs batted in.
The next weekend Truro took game three 4-3, but in the clincher the Louisdale Schooners prevailed 7-6. Barry Marchand earned the win with help from Richie Mann’s three-run homer and two singles.