Matthew LaFrance of Slave Lake has a new trophy in his case – the 1917 Baseball Alberta Bantam ‘AA’ Player of the Year. He received his award at the annual Baseball Alberta awards banquet at the River Cree Resort in Edmonton on Nov. 25.
How the awards work is each team nominates a player for the award; all those names go out to all the teams in each category and the teams vote for player of the year from that pool of nominees.
Asked why he thinks he got it, LaFrance says: “It’s gotta be pitching, because my hitting is not outstanding by any means. I got the job done on the mound and the other teams knew that.”
The Slave Lake Bantam ‘AA’ Thunder had a fine season in 2017, qualifying for provincials and making it to the championship game, which they lost to Provost. LaFrance figures he started 12 or 13 games on the mound over the season, and the team lost only one of those games.
The Grade 10 student at Roland Michener School is also in his first year of Midget hockey this season, but is laid up for a couple of months with a broken collar bone. He might make it back for the tail end of the season… or not. Either way, he plans on suiting up for his first year of Midget baseball next season.