MO))) spoke with John Sullivan yesterday about the grand re-opening of the Waldo Henderson Memorial ball park, the Bill Sullivan Hall, and a few more things. This weekend will prove to be a special and emotional one, and MO))) will be there to cover the events. To give you a little hint, for the first time ever, since the inception of the Chatham Head Tigers, baseball is being played under the lights in Chatham Head. John Sullivan gives all the credit to the enormous efforts of volunteers who run the Chatham Head Rec Center (a real success story too!). The first game under the lights in Chatham Head was played on Tuesday, but the official opening will be Saturday, with Eric Henry, the oldest surviving Tiger of the 1947 championship team, doing the honours. The club house and Bill Sullivan hall will also be inveiled, with much honour going to life-long supportes and volunteers in the community.
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Chatham Head Tigers Down Alpines under the lights - by Gary Goguen
Chatham Head Tigers won their home opener 6-3 over visiting Tracadie Alpines.
Scott McEachreon went 5 2/3 innings for the win. Scott gave up three runs on seven hits, one base on ball and 3 strike outs. Korey Hilchey got the save going 1 1/3 innings of hitless relief.
Greg Karasek and Daniel Comfort each had the big hit for the Tigers, Karasek a 2-run double and Comfort a 2-run single. Other hitters for the Tigers were Tyler Cormier with a single and double and 2 runs scored and Corey Hilchey with a single and double and RBI. Johnny Allain recorded the final hit for the Tigers, a single.
Remi Legere took the loss for the Alpines going the distance. He gave up six runs on seven hits, three base on balls and four strike outs. Tracadie hitters Luc Benoit with 2 singles and Martin Albert with a single and double.
The Tigers next home games will be Saturday, July 2nd, at 7:30 pm against the Miramichi Combines. This game will also mark the official re-opening of the ballfield with lights and the Billy Sullivan Hall (Baseball Hall of Fame) and the renaming of the Tiger Club House to the "Emile Goguen Club House".
Events get under way with a free BBQ featuring Henderson's #7 Maple Leaf Bologna at 5:30 pm. Chatham Minor Ball Skills Competition from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm and the ribbon cutting at 7:00 pm.