LBJEQ: royally crowned | The Journal of Montreal

Royal de Repentigny triumphed in the final game of the Quebec Junior Elite Baseball League (LBJEQ) grand final to claim the fourth title in its history, Friday at Flavio Prata Stadium.

The home team showed all their firepower to defeat the Charlesbourg Alouettes 14-6 in the seventh game of the series. The latter extended this hard-fought final with a 6-5 win in front of their supporters on Wednesday.

Royal ended a short five-year run without a title. The Repentigny team won the highest award in 2012, 2016 and 2017.

Today’s duel started for the winners, who scored eight points before the end of the second round.

Visiting pitcher Nathan Lellouche was pulled after just a third of an inning, allowing three runs, two of which were earned, on a hit. His replacements, C├ędric Plante (three hits and five runs allowed) and Xavier Boutin (five hits and six earned runs) were also victims of Royal’s prowess.

The biggest tormentors of the Alouettes were Ian Michel Lavigne and Philippe Breton, both of whom hit two shots at safety and drove in two runs. Adam Meilleur also excelled by hitting five times. The latter had three hits and took advantage of two free passes.

Elliot Grondin-Harnois was outstanding at home to prevent the Alouettes from coming back. In a resolute offensive contest, he held off his opponents for the final two innings, recording four strikeouts along the way.

The Alouettes were trying to win their first championship since 2013 and second since 2000. At the time, it was the last of six straight for Charlesbourg, spanning 1995-2000.

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