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
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
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.”