Montreal's Dynasty Heading West

by Stephanie Myles, The Gazette

The N.D.G. Major Lynx baseball team made mincemeat of its provincial counterparts last week,

winning its four games by an aggregate 68-0.

 
Montreal’s baseball juggernaut is headed west.

And the hope is that the major, junior and senior N.D.G. Lynx squads can use the momentum gained from their dominant title runs at the provincial Little League championships last week to pull off a Canadian championship — or two, or maybe even three.

“I believe it’s the first time we’ve had a clean sweep, and with such dominance, also. It’s not like it’s been remotely close,” said Steven Glazer, head coach of the junior squad and executive director of the N.D.G. Baseball Association. “We’ve sort of annihilated the competition at the Little League level in Quebec. So hopefully we’ll take that, and carry it forward.”

Glazer spoke to The Gazette Tuesday while on the bus to Lethbridge, Alta., where his juniors (ages 12-14) will play their first game against the Alberta champion Wednesday.

The senior team (14-16) is in Regina and will play the Atlantic squad Thursday, while the major team — the 11- and 12-year-olds vying to be the Canadian representative at the legendary Little League World Championships at Williamsport, Penn., later this month — are in Edmonton.

They’ll play their first game Saturday against the team from the Prairies.

The major team made mincemeat of its provincial counterparts last week, winning its four games by an aggregate 68-0.

In the semifinal game last Saturday against Rouyn-Noranda, the major Lynx led 21-0 by the second inning. Glazer texted one of the team’s assistant coaches to ensure the kids had stopped running the bases and running up the score.

They had; but the final score, called under the mercy rule, was 28-0. They were just in a different class.

The minor Lynx (ages 9 and 10) also won the provincial title in its division. But there is no Canadian championship to compete in. Next year, there will be.

How does a program that counts a total of 300 kids at all levels become so dominant?

“I think it’s because of our coaching, our training, our diligence in getting kids into a baseball setting 10 or 11 months a year. We’ve increased our indoor experience, starting in mid-October at various high schools and complexes around N.D.G.,” Glazer said. “We have to hustle a lot; we’re volunteer-based. For the most part the kids are successful in our program, and really enjoy the true love of baseball. And a lot of them are real passionate about it.”

Glazer pointed to the addition of Ray Callari as technical director this year as another factor.

A former Expos farmhand, Callari also works with the rival Baseball-Québec association in the ABC baseball academy and as an area scout for the San Francisco Giants. “Having him around helped bring our quality to a higher level,” Glazer said.

Glazer expects the senior team, which made it to the Little League Senior tournament held in Bangor, Maine, last year and was competitive, to do well.

He also said the powerhouse major team has a good shot. “Some of those kids started with us when they were 7 or 8 years old, and we have high expectations for them,” he said. “They’ve grown. They’re more co-ordinated now, and lots of them are second-year players. I expect them to win (the Canadian title) or, if not, be very competitive.”

As for his own junior squad, Glazer admits there are a few situations where he’d love to have a couple of extra pitchers. “But I expect us to be competitive,” he said. “We’ll try our best, and I’ll try to use my noodle to out-manage (our opponents) wherever I can.”

smyles@montrealgazette.com

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