When the Cowichan Valley Mustangs’ midget AAA baseball season came to an end in July, it wasn’t all done for players Cam LeSergent and Morley Scott.
The Mustangs had a fantastic season, but were upset by the eventual B.C. champions, North Fraser, at the provincial tournament. North Fraser earned the right to represent B.C. at an elite tournament in New York in August.
The competition was tough, and the B.C. team lost all four games, but the players enjoyed the trip regardless.
“We didn’t win, but it was a fun trip to go on,” Scott said. “We had fun; that’s all that really matters.”
A couple of the games were blowouts, but B.C. lost two of them by just a run or two.
“The trip was a lot of fun,” LeSergent said. “The baseball didn’t go as well as we hoped. The competition down there was a step up from what we had seen all year.”
According to the Cowichan players, the American pitchers threw harder and had better curveballs, and their hitters had more power.
“They were all bigger and stronger than us,” Scott said.
Both players admitted it was strange at first, getting used to playing with North Fraser, the only team that had beaten the Mustangs regularly all summer.
“Me and Cam didn’t really talk to them the first couple of days,” Scott said. “But once we got to know them it was OK.”
“It’s always a little weird at the start, being opponents and all,” LeSergent said. “There were times this year when we were at each other’s necks. Once we got comfortable, we got along with the guys pretty well.”
Although the tournament was played on Long Island, the boys and their families did get to visit the Big Apple on the trip.
“It was just like you see in the movies,” LeSergent confirmed.
Both players are now in the thick of the hockey season. Scott is playing midget rep, while LeSergent is among the top scorers on the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League-leading Saanich Braves.