The Cottreau 2 winning team of the 11th annual Wedgeport Acadian Families Lob-Ball Tournament. Front row, from left to right, Bonnie Cottreau, Courtney Cottreau, Melissa Deveau, Kelley d’Entremont (captain), Treena Cottreau, Trevor O’Connell and Nick Cottreau. Second row, from left to right, Leland Cottreau, Adam Cottreau, Paul Deveau, Dave Giles, Albert Moore, Cory Newell, Joel Cottreau, Tyler Green and Calvin Boudreau representing Del Agency and Assumption Life.
WEDGEPORT, N.S. – Thanks to Nick Cottreau’s grand slam with two outs in the sixth of seven innings, the Cottreau 2 team won the 11th annual Wedgeport Acadian Families Lob-Ball Tournament, also known as La Coupe Maringouin.
The score of the championship game was 14-11 over the Pothier family team during the Sunday evening, Aug. 6, final at the École Wedgeport ballpark.
The Cottreau 2 team was captained by Kelley (Cottreau) d’Entremont and the Pothier team was captained by Jill-Marie (Pothier) Jacquard.
It was any team’s game heading into the final. The Pothiers were favoured as they had won a previous game against the Cottreau 2 team 14-13. The Pothiers were the only undefeated team heading into the championship contest. The Pothiers won this tournament four years in a row from 2011 to 2014. Other champs have been the Mixed 1 team in 2016, Mixed 2 in 2015, the LeBlancs in 2009 and 2010, the Cottreau 1 team in 2008 and the Jacquards in 2007.
The Jacquard family was not able to muster enough players for a team this year. The eight teams in the tournament were: Boudreau, Cottreau 1 and 2, Doucet(te), LeBlanc, Mixed 1 and 2 and Pothier.
The Coupe Maringouin championship trophy was presented by Marc LeBlanc, the tournament president, and Calvin Boudreau, representing the event’s sponsors, Del Agency Limited and Assumption Life. The sponsors also donated other prizes. During the presentation of trophies LeBlanc thanked all the players, the volunteers, the public for attending in large numbers, and the sponsors. He also thanked Danny Surette, the special scorekeeper of every game since the first tournament, and presented him gifts.
Kelley d’Entremont won the women’s home run derby while Travis Fitzgerald was the men’s home run derby winner. Jenna Pothier was chosen the women's MVP of the tournament and Nick Cottreau the men's MVP. The MVPs were honoured to commemorate the memory of Charlene (Cottreau) Doucette, one of the founders of the tournament who has since died.
Jenna Pothier was chosen the women's MVP of the Coupe Maringouin tournament. Marc LeBlanc, president of the tournament, made the presentation.