DOCTOR’S PRESCRIPTION FOR WHITE SHIRTS- TAKE TWO (away from) PILLS IN THE MORNING!!!!
White Hairs 10 – Blue Pills 6
White Hairs 16 – Blue Pills 12.
After starting the season with two sister kissers, White Hairs puckered up against the Blue Pills and came up big with 10-6 and 16-12 wins.
In the first game, Whites never trailed, as middle of the order hitters Peter Bowers, Don Yaschyshyn, and Hando Told went 10 for 12, scoring 8 of the team’s 10 runs against Brian (pitch-from-second-base) Jefferson. White Hairs’ Manager Greg Hughes expressed his gratitude to Blue’s #4, Jim Banyard who left his cleats at home, and skated around the damp outfield in some sort of broomball / turf shoes ― obviously something left over from the depths of the former Ivor Wynne Stadium.
According the Blues, if there was an Olympic Games for fumbling, bumbling, slipping and falling the Blue Pills would get Gold!! White Shirts played solid defence and got timely hits when they counted and were never behind in this game.
In Game Two, Blue Pills stiffened up in this game and came out of the chute with a 3 run 1st inning. But Whites scored 5 in the first and never looked back in a 16-12 win. The top 5 hitters (Kartna, Bowers, Yaschyshyn, Told, and Vit) again led the way, going 13 for 15 with 11 runs scored and 9 RBI’s. Kelly Shaw was a perfect 3-3 at the plate, and made another one of his (now-patented) diving, grass-stains-on-my-belly, catches to snuff out a Blue Pills’ rally.
Pills defense and offence got better but the White Shirts always had the answer for the Pills’ dosage. Blue Pills made the score closer in the 7th but the White Shirts put the lid on the Pills for the win. Blue Pills claim they will improve next week and will be ready to resolve their projectile dysfunction problems.
GREEN GIMPS BOMB GOLDEN YEARS 16-2 AND 12-6
Norton Offers Romero Ride to Buffalo
The Green Gimps quickly turned their season around following last week’s double losses, with two wins over the Golden Years. With both Green Gimp pitchers (Terry Green and Ian Schell) away Jim Craig was brought in to lead the team, and his pitching was stellar, leading many team members to ask, Terry and Ian who?
Meanwhile, the Golden boys began to look like the Goldies of 2012 when they languished near the bottom during the regular season, only to turn it around to be undefeated in the Playoffs.
The Green Giants’ bats came alive early in game one, with Doug Ford clearing the fence in the first inning bringing in Al Baskett and Craig Morrison, and staking the Green Gimps to a 3 -0 lead. It was just one of those days with hits following hits resulting in a shortened 16 to 2 victory for the Gimps.
Unfortunately, the Golden Years were hit by the injury bug that saw John Stillich slipping on the wet turf when running for a fly ball, resulting in a broken arm. We all hope John recovers soon and returns to the diamond when he can.
Game 2 was closer but the Gimps continued to hit the ball very well, and with strong defense up the middle provided by Craig Morrison, Doug Ford and Al Baskett, and great stops by their own “Hoover” Dave Robertson, the Gimps managed a 12 – 6 win in Game Two.
Highlights were few for the Golden Oldies. Rod MacLeod and Al Nielson each managed to go 4 – 5 but no one else had more than 2 hits.
Norton again imitated Ricky Romero, and at last report, has been optioned along with Romero to Buffalo; however, while Ricky headed to the ball park, Mel went for a concert and Wings.
Notwithstanding the disappointing field results, 75% of those who didn’t break an arm came back to drown sorrows at Fionn’s. Nine of eleven Gimps also hobbled to our sponsor’s for some well-deserved refreshments in celebration.
Rusty Royals Consume Fine Wines
Royals 11- Fine Wines 7 & Royals 21- Wines 10
In a shocking development the self- professed super starless and ever humble Rusty Royals won two more games 11-7 and 21-10 against the Fine Wines. The 4-0 record has created some anxiety among the players that the team may have peaked early. This is nothing new for these guys who reluctantly admit is the story of their life.
Fortunately the second game didn't go the full seven innings as many of the Rusties were losing focus with the images of the impending barley sandwiches at McCools firmly on their minds.
The two Gregs ― Aubert and Sportun ― utilized their blinding speed to hit inside the park homers. Aubert has hit the fence two weeks in a row, leading to speculation that had he been one year younger those hits might have cleared the fence. Brian Sheridan was Mr. Consistency going 6 for 6. Bob Parsons and Gary Goulden reached base 5 times each and the aforementioned Greg Aubert had 4 solid hits and 6 RBI’s.
RR Manager Harvey Hewgill and “NLWBM”(No Longer Wanna Be Manager) Brian Sheridan are contemplating putting on a clinic on third base coaching. They hope to impart upon others the folly of sending runners home when the short stop already has the ball (twice no less).
The Wines were faced with player shortages and played with only 10 players.
While the rest of the team tried to pick it up, they were no match for the Royals’ strong hitting.For the Wines, both Bill Burchett in Game 1 and Jim Baxter in Game 2 hit booming out of the park home runs.Ed Schnurr had a great day at the plate going 3 for 4.
Defensively, Rick Wilcox made a great relay from deep left field from to Bill Burchett who gunned a runner at the plate. Ray Grisold did yeoman’s work moving from his usual 3rd base position to 1st.
Red Faces and Grey Beards Split in Close Games
Stroud the Hero in Game 1 ―Christie in Game 2
Grey Beards 7 ― Red Faces 5
In what turned out to be a defensive struggle, the Grey Beards scored three in the 1rst and then were held scoreless until the 7th inning.On the other side of the diamond, the home town Red Faces scored one in the 1rst, two in the 4th and two in the 6th.
The Red Faces led by Terry Stroud’s base loaded triple in the 7th inning, tied the game an also went ahead to stay.
Red Faces 9 ― Grey Beards 8
Game 2 continued a close battle between two well matched teams.The Grey Beards, buoyed from their Game 1 come-from behind victory ran up a five spot in the first inning and one more in the second. But hits were scarce after that, managing only three more runs the rest of the way.
Meanwhile the Red Faced guys had all the pomp and glory of the previous weeks wins disappear in a hurry when they met their Waterloo against the Grey Beards in Game One.They also saw their team batting average drop from .640 last week to only .500.
They started slowly but the Red Faces did cobble together some hits to gradually come back from a six run deficit after three innings, by scoring four in the fourth.This was capped by Paul “Bags” Bagnarol’s home run.
Not yet finished, the Reds scored three more in the 6th and two more in the 9th with John Christie banging in the winning run.
Sorry Red Faces--no pictures yet---had to dig into the League's archives to find pics of Christie and Bagnarol..