In 1971, Intermediate baseball was not the only game in town.
A hastily formed team of Midget-age players was cobbled together to represent Richmond County in the Cape Breton Regional Summer Games. Without so much as an exhibition game under their belts, the youngsters travelled to Sydney on a Thursday and handed Inverness South a 13-0 trouncing. On Friday, the Midgets prevailed 6-4 over a highly-rated Cape Breton Island team. On Sunday, Richmond defeated Sydney 8-1. Richmond would represent Cape Breton in the Nova Scotia Summer Games.
As summer drew to a close, the Richmond County Midget All-Stars made their way to the Annapolis Valley to meet Kentville, Antigonish and Halifax. With only five games of experience as a team to their credit, the Richmond team dispatched Kentville 11-6 and Antigonish 8-1. The respective winning pitchers were Allan Gibson and Richie Mann.
The Halifax team, however, was another matter. Amazingly, the Halifax squad had played 35 games up to that point, facing teams from Ontario and the U.S. They had lost only once – to a team from Ottawa. Halifax led 2-0 until Richmond scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth. In the fifth, Halifax loaded the bases but failed to tie the score. Sandy Burns went the distance on the mound, and along with Gerard Landry, added two hits. A smart base-running play by Felix Sampson led to the winning run. Final score: Richmond 3 Halifax 2. Richmond had won the championship in the Nova Scotia Summer Games.
Members of the winning team were: Wayne Goyetche; Terry Samson; Billy Digout; Robert Robertson; Sandy Burns; Felix Sampson; Richie Mann; Allan Gibson; Gerard Landry; Garry Samson; Barry Burke; Lloyd George; Robbie Mann; James Samson; and Maurice Boudreau. Stan Pashkoski was the team’s coach and manager, aided by Richie Cotton and Gus Boyd. The batboy was Jimmy Pashkoski.
It should also be noted that the Louisdale Beavers were only a few runs shy of capturing the Nova Scotia Beaver baseball championship. In the deciding game, Louisdale lost 6-5 in extra innings to a team from Kingston. Louisdale was coached by Phil Resch and Joe Marchand.
In 1972, minor baseball was once again a source of pride for Richmond County. In the Cape Breton Playdowns, the Richmond County All-Star Bantams defeated Sydney Mines, while the Richmond All-Star Beavers prevailed over Reserve Mines 11-7 and 11-4. Both Richmond teams, as well as the Richmond All-Star Mosquitos, won the right to represent Cape Breton at the highest level in the province. The Bantams and the Mosquitos won Nova Scotia titles, while the Beavers took home the silver.
The dominance of Richmond County minor baseball in 1971 and 1972 at the provincial level boded well for the future of the Richmond Amateur Baseball Association.