McGill sights now set on baseball Nationals
By Jim Hynes
The McGill Redbirds’ Northern Conference playoff hopes were abruptly dashed at Trudeau Park Monday night when they lost the deciding game of their best-of-three Semi-Final series with cross town rival Concordia by a score of 11-1. The teams had split a double-header by matching 6-3 scores Sunday.
The Redbirds finished atop the six-team Northern Conference with an 11-5 record after sweeping a twin bill against the Collège Lafleche Dragons last Friday night. Unfortunately, that first-place finish earned them a playoff date with fourth-place Concordia, a team that handed the Redbirds three of their five regular season losses this year. McGill looked to be in the driver’s seat after winning Game One, but Concordia rebounded to take the next two games.
However, all is not lost for manager Ernie D’Alessandro’s squad. Although they would have liked to make it there as Northern Conference champs, the Redbirds will nevertheless be taking part in the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association National Championship tournament by virtue of being the host team. The tournament, which might feature a rematch with Concordia, will be held at Cote-St. Luc’s Trudeau Park and Lasalle’s Parc Eloi Viau Oct. 17-19.