The St-Jean-sur-Richelieu Pirates visited their division rivals, the Acton Vale Castors on Sunday, with the latter winning by a score of four to one. Later in the day, the St-Jérôme Cardinals defeated the Sherbrooke Expos five to one and finally, in Thetford Mines, the Blue Sox held their ground against the Coaticook Big Bill in a game that ended five to four. Big Bill’s game against the Victoriaville Cactus scheduled for the evening was postponed due to weather conditions.
The Castors win a duel of pitchers
Marcos Encarnacion of the Castors and François Lafrenière of the Pirates were the designated starters for the game this past Sunday afternoon. Lafrenière allowed seven hits, three earned runs and struck out six batters in six innings of work. His opponent also worked for six innings allowing a run and eight hits while sending eight Pirates into the mitt for the victory. Steve Green came to finish the match stopping the 3 batters facing him with strikes.
Lafrenière opened the scoring with a productive single in the opening inning before seeing Deric Lamontagne slam a solo homer to tie the game. Douglas Toro, with a two-run single, gave the Castors the lead for good in the sixth inning.
The Castors (4-2) are heading to Sherbrooke Friday night to face the Expos (2-7). The Pirates (4-5) will return to their field next Sunday to play the visiting Victoriaville Cactus (2-3).