The Blue Sox can’t finish Big Bill

The Thetford Blue Sox had a chance to secure a bye to the Quebec Major League Baseball grand final Thursday night, but Coaticook’s Big Bill prevailed 3-0 over a handful of fans who braved the cold weather.

The Sox still lead the series 3-1. The loss, their first in the playoffs, ended a 10-game hitting streak, including the last three in the regular season.

For the second game in a row, the Blue Sox offense produced nothing short of two meager hits from Big Bill’s three hitters. “We can’t say we hit well. Few can be happy with their day at bat, but our bowlers still did well. We were in the game until the end. One or two shots at the right time would have been enough and we went away with the victory again,” mentioned Renaud Desjardins.

The Blue Sox came from behind twice in the series against Victoriaville, but this time the magic didn’t work. They had their best chance to score in the fifth inning, where they gave up three runners on full counts. “We lacked opportunism. Same in the seventh, the first two batters had a couple of walks and nothing more after that with three quick outs. A game you forget at bat,” admitted Renaud Desjardins, who had one of his two hits, the other coming from Stéphane Pouliot.

Big Bill scored his first point in the third. A quick inning where four batters facing Stéphane Pouliot pitched for the first shot. Francis Beaudoin hit a double, advanced to third on a fly to center and scored on a sacrifice fly. Maxime Beaudoin ended the inning with a ball to left. The home team finished with two runs in the bottom of the sixth against William Gault, who came on in relief.

The Blue Sox will try to close out Saturday in Game 5, which will be presented at Desjardins Stadium at 7 p.m. Michel Simard will be the starting pitcher for the Blue Sox.

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