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August 17, 2017
WINES & WHITES SPLIT
Game One: White Hairs 14 - Fine Wines 12
Game Two: Fine Wines 14 – White Hairs 2
With an opportunity to move into 7th place in the final OMMSPL Standings, the White Hairs won the first game but lapsed in the second, splitting their doubleheader with the 7th place Fine Wines.
With 7th place in sight, the White Hairs scored 5 runs to start the game and hung on to win a high scoring affair 14 - 12. Bill (Stubby) Stubbins led the way with a perfect day at the plate going 4 for 4 and cashing 6 RBI’s. Paul Hunter matched the 4 for 4 and added 3 RBI's; while Rick Cummings, Laurence Drew and Don Brown were all 3 for 4. Winning pitcher Gregg (Mac) Macauley was grateful for the offensive support.
The Fine Wines’ infield turned 3 double plays in the 7-inning contest.
A disappointed but determined Wines team came out with smoking hot bats in Game Two and held a 6 - 1 lead after two innings before coasting to a five inning 14 -2 mercy victory. White Hairs’ Paul Hunter (2 for 2 and 6 for 6 for the day) and Don Brown (2 for 2 with a blast to the fence) stood out above a generally anemic White Offence. Wines’ Fine Pitchers held six of the of eleven White Hairs hitless in Game Two.
GIMPS FINISH SEASON ON A HIGH
Grey Beards Can't Find a Win
Game One: Green Gimps 8 – Grey Beards 8
Game Two: Green Gimps 9 – Grey Beards 1
The Grey Beards were in tough against a psyched-up Gimp squad, who were still reeling at heir two defeats last week. But Game One saw the Beardos jump out to a 5-0 lead with some great defensive plays and timely hitting. The Greens’ defense then settled down after that disastrous slow start and held the Greys to 3 just runs over the next 6 innings.
The Gimps evened the score to 8-8 in the sixth and the sister kisser was in the books.
With solid defense from all the infielders and outfielders, Gimps’ Rick Wilkinson was outstanding on the mound. Green offensive leaders were John Good and John Manderson who were each 3 for 3 at the plate. George Merrick had a triple and Ty Crawford and Michael Kitchen both had timely doubles. Dave Robertson’s big bat drove in two runs.
Don Evans led the Beardos with three hits, with Joe Parisani, Steve Moses, John Koopman, and Art Knight adding two hits.
In Game Two the Beardos seemed stunned that they let the first game slip away and had very little gas left in the tank. Gimps’ bats were hot in 1st inning as they score 5 runs and went on to win game two 9 - 1 After a John Manderson walk and 3 singles from George Merrick, Ty Crawford and John Good, Manager Michael Kitchen hit a 3 run triple. Barney Henderson then hit a RBI single to cap the mercy inning. The stingy Gimps defense held the Grey`s to just 1 run with great plays by John Good, Ty Crawford, George Merrick, and Dave (Cubby) Hubert. Dave Robertson and limping Trevor Houston who were solid at first base. Barney Henderson, John Manderson, Peter Bowers and Michael Kitchen were all effective in the outfield in shutting down the normally potent Greys’ offence.
At bat, Michael Kitchen had 4 RBI`s and George Merrick and Ty Crawford had 2 RBI`s. Barry Goldman had key hit when he led off the 5th inning with a well earned base hit to start a 3 run inning. Rick Wilkinson was outstanding at the mound.
For the Beardies, Art Knight, apart from having a good day at the plate, continued with excellent pitching in both games.
John Koopman was the only offensive bright light for the Beard squad going 3 for 3 in the game and five for five on the day. The Beardos managed only one run in the fourth inning, falling to the Gimps 9-1 by the end of it all.
RED FACES UPSET BY ROYALS X 2
Determined Effort by the Royals Locks Up 2ND
Finley Big at Bat and Fine in the Field
Game 1: Rusty Royals 10 - Red Faces 7
Game 2: Rusty Royals 11 - Red Faces 2
Will the real Reds please stand up? Thursday’s version was not the one we have seen for the last 8 weeks or so as from the opening batter, the uncharacteristically rusty Red Machine booted the ball around more than a team of 10-year-olds at their first soccer practice.
But, a determined Royals’ squad entered the day needing one point of an available four to clinch second place behind the Reds who sealed up first place last week. Al King was Royal with a 3 for 3 performance; while John Finley, Tony Foscarin, Shane Noseworthy, Larry Weber and Don Yaschyshyn added two hits apiece. Finley also put on a defensive show with a couple fine catches.
"Maybe because we were a little too loose or the game didn't mean as much or that we were missing our #1 & #4 hitters today. Either way we weren't ourselves today" said Mgr. Ford. “However as bad as we might have been, we still only lost by 3." The ever-optimistic skipper guaranteed a better outing next week.
Not-so-shining stars for the season champs Red Faces were:
Doug Ford - 3 for 3 and 3 runs scores.
Roy Kitching - 2 for 2 with 2 doubles.
John Vinnai and Jim Craig -each 2 for 2.
Ev "goes back, back, back" Lucenti who brought back fond memories of Willie Mays with an outstanding running over the shoulder catch in left field, robbing Chris Zelkovich of a sure triple.
Game Two looked like a tune-up game for the playoffs for the not so “Rusty” Royals; while it seemed that the Red Rockets missed their appointed lift-off time. Before the second inning began, it was 5 zip for Maxy's Royal Flushers who flushed the Red guys down the loo. By then Manager Ford was ready for a beer and negotiated a deal to thankfully call this game after 5 painful innings . All members of the Faces agreed on the manager’s decision and said it was their“TSN Play of the Day."Royals’ ace, Harvey Hewgill, pitched a near perfect game, keeping the Red hitters off balance while the hits just kept on coming led by five players with a perfect 2 for 2 at the plate: John Finley, Shane Noseworthy, Bob Neilson, Larry Weber and Shane Noseworthy.
BLUE PILLS HARD TO SWALLOW
Pills Pleased at Locking Up Home Field Advantage
Gold Puts Forth Stellar Effort Despite Player Shortage
Game 1: Blue Pills 12 - Golden Years 4
Game 2: Blue Pills 16 - Golden Years 15
The Golden Oldies and those old Blue Pills went at it Thursday at Millbank Bank East with the Pills looking to advance in the top four Standings but needing some help from other teams to move up. The Pills came prepared and did their job; but alas didn’t get the assist they need from the other teams. Regardless the Blue boys looked like they are ready for the playoffs as they took both ends of the double header from Goulden’s Guys and secured third place.
Actually it was a tough day for the Golds as they were missing no less than five of their regular guys including: Brock Paterson, Mike Horner, Jim Fenner, Paul Bagnarol and Allan Lee. The first game was a blowout 12-4 as the Golds couldn't get their offense in gear. The second game was a good game and much tighter with the Pills pulling out a 13-12 win in the last inning.
In Game One, the Pills pounded out 22 hits producing 12 runs for the victory. They scored runs in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 6th inning and took an 8 nothing lead into the bottom of the 6th when the Golds came to life & scored 4 cutting the deficit in half at 8 to 4. The bottom half of the Pills lineup scratched out 4 more runs in the top of the 7th which effectively took the wind out of the Gold sails & they surrendered quietly in the bottom half of the 7th.
Mike Way, Bruce Locke & Greg Aubert were each a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate. Hal Ridley & Dave Zywine were stellar on the mound the Golds didn't get on the board until the sixth inning. They just couldn't get untracked until then as only Brian Sheridan came through with 3 hits while Rick Friesen, Neil Donaldson and Manager Gary Goulden contributed 2 hits apiece.
Of note was the Pills pulling off a triple play when poor Al Baskett tripped over home plate as he took off for first. Needless to say he didn't make it much further and everyone had a laugh. Baskett promised that from then onto restrict his falls to his more familiar routines on the outfield terrain. Despite the score, the Golds defense was pretty solid with Brian Sheridan filling in at short. Hando Told initiated a nice 3rd to home double play. Sheridan also had an unassisted double play as did Gary Goulden, who was playing Rover in this game. The outfielders were busy as well with some good catches spread across the field. Lots of effort for the short staffed Gold, but no cigar.
In the night cap, the Gold guys started strongly scoring 4 runs in each of the 1st 2 innings. The strong Pills offence responded in kind grabbing a 9-8 lead heading into the 4th inning. The Golds once again flashed offensive brilliance by tacking on another 4 runs in the 4th inning. The Pills added a single run in each of the 4th & 5th innings to make the score 12-11 for the Golds after 5. The 2 teams traded single runs in the 6th inning. In the 7th inning, the Golds tallied twice & now led by a 15 to 12 score.
The Blue Pills sent the top of their order to the plate in the bottom of the 7th. The 1st 3 guys got on & Bruce Locke smashed a triple to the gap in RCF to tie the score at 15 all. The Goldies walked the next 2 guys to load the bases in hopes of garnering a double play; however Jim Moriarty hit a deep fly ball to drive in the winning run.
The hitting heroes for the Pills were Tom Gorman, Mike Way, Greg Aubert, Jim Moriarty, Hal Ridley & Ted Talnot who were all perfect at the plate.
Golds offence,(and did I say they were missing 5 of their good hitters), did come alive with Rick Friesen, Al Baskett and Brian Sheridan all picking up 4 hits. Doug Auld, Hando Told and Gary Goulden picked up 3 hits each and get this, Goulden had 4 RBI's and would have had 5 had he not turned an inside the park homer into a triple.
Defensively Sheridan, filling in for Bags at Short, threw a total 4 ambitious runners out at the plate on the day on relays from the outfield. While all his throws were on the money, the Pills, who were filling in at catcher for the Golds, expertly finished the job. After seeing Gold’s success at throwing runners at the plate, Tom Gorman, the Pills’ Short Stop also gunned down two runners at the plate after the Golds loaded the bases in a comeback attempt in the last inning.
Next week brings the playoffs and the Goldies will be ready for battle. Don't let their sixth-place finish fool anyone.
Disclaimer: No animals were harmed in the production of these Game Reports.
August 10, 2017
PILLS ZONK WINES
Stroud Perfect at Bat
Ridley & Zywine Keep Wines at Bay
Blue Pills: 14 – Fine Wines: 2
Blue Pills: 13 – Fine Wines: 0
After a couple of weeks of less than inspiring ball, the Blue Pills are back in business and gearing up for the playoffs. League leaders for most of the season, they suffered a mid - season slump but were firing on all cylinders on Thursday as they mercied the not so Fine Wines in 6 innings by a score of 14 to 2 in Game One. They did not let up with an encore presentation in the second game, hammering the Wines 13-0 in 5 innings
In Game One, the Pills rediscovered their hitting stroke from earlier this season and also played excellent defense. Hal “the Riddler” Ridley pitched a gem keeping the Wines off guard all day. Terry Stroud and Greg Aubert went 3 for 3 at the plate. Jim Moriarty collected 3 RBIs & Mike Way hammered a two-run triple.
In the nightcap, each Pill player had at least 1 hit. Terry Stroud capped off a 3 for 3 again for a perfect day at bat. Jim Moriarty was also 3 for 3 including a homerun & 4 RBIs. Rick Martin and Mike Way contributed with 2 hits each. The Pills defence was strong again as both Mike Way and Tom Gorman made several excellent plays. Hal Ridley had another strong pitching performance assisted by Dave Zywine who tossed a one shutout inning each game.
For the hapless Wines, injuries have impacted them all season. If they can heal and/or “Brace Up” watch out for them in the playoffs.
RUSTY ROYALS SWEEP GOLDEN YEARS
Royals Looking Strong for Playoffs
Rusty Royals: 14 – Golden Years: 10
Rusty Royals: 11 – Golden Years: 4
The Rusty Royals had their way with the Golden Oldies yesterday at GA West taking both ends of a double header 14-10 and 7-4.
The Golden Years burst out of the gate with 9 runs in the first three innings but then the bats cooled and the Royals defence improved. Meanwhile the Royals matched the hot bats and took over in the bottom of the 3rd and led to the end.
Actually, the Golds defence was decent; the Royals just kept hitting it where they weren’t. Royals were led by the hot bats of Paul Ritchie, Tom Sawa and Larry Weber who were each a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate. Shane Noseworthy Tony Foscarin, John Finley and Max Crocker contributed two hits each.
Bravo to Goulden’s guys as several impact players were missing from the Gold lineup. On the plus side Rick Freisen has joined them on a full-time basis and he showed he will be a fine addition. Actually, he was awarded the "Glory Hog" by last week’s recipient, Mike Horner by having a strong day at the plate getting 2 hits and 3 RBI's and a couple of good catches in the field. Golds’ Allan Lee had 3 hits with Brian Sheridan, Greg Hughes, Hando Told, Bob George, Steve Fraczkowski and Doug Briscoe collecting 2 hits each.
In the second game, the Golds came out flat and couldn't seem it get anything going at the dish. Meanwhile, Manager Royals Max Crocker pumped out a 3 for 3 at bat and was supported by Harvey Hewgill (2 for 2), Bob Neilson, Larry Weber, Tony Foscarin and Shane Noseworthy who were each 2 for 3.
The Gloden Years defence was again fairly solid with Sheridan and Hughes making a couple of hi-lite plays but Royals continued to pick their spots for clean hits. Gold’s Mike Horner's flat out running catch in the field brought oohs and ahs from both benches was definitely the play of the day. Offensively the Golds struggled although Horner, Hando Told and Steve Fraczkowski each collected two hits.
GREY BEARDS PLUCK WHITE HAIRS
But Questions Remain Before Playoffs
Grey Beards: 8 – White Hairs: 5
Grey Beards: 9 – White Hairs: 1
Needing a pair of wins to erase the memory of last week’s dismal offensive debacle, the muted Grey Beards players let their bats do the talking, and yell they did, scoring 6 runs in the opening three frames in the first game of this mid-morning doubleheader. The White Hairs responded with four runs in bottom of the third and another in the 6th but the Beardies added a couple of insurance runs in the 7th to win their first game since July 6. Make that a final 8-5. The free-swinging sextet of Don Evans, Laird Flowers, Lloyd Johnston, Bob Edmondson, John Koopman, and Dave Adams each contributed a pair of hits, and a total of 5 runs.
In the second game, the Beards racked up 8 runs through the first two innings. Doing most of the damage were Adams and Flowers with 3 hits apiece and three runs, and Rae Little who had 2 hits and scored a run. Fearless leader Lloyd Johnson made up for his ghastly game at the plate by making, according to the humble Johnson, four spectacular catches in the outfield. The Beards added one more run in the 4th inning and won this match 9-1.
The winning pitcher of this double dip, hurling all 14 innings, was Art ”The Dark” Knight, With the playoffs less than two weeks away this Grey Beards team has more Question Marks than the Riddler’s green spandex body suit:
● Can Ian Carson get enough rest for his pulled hamstring?
● Will Rick Wilcox learn to play within his height?
● Can Joe Parisani play even one inning without getting his uniform dirty?
● Will John Koopman and Dave Adams be able to stay focused on the game and not be distracted by the many breeds of dogs being walked around the ballpark perimeter?
● Will the Beards finish the season in second, third, fourth or even fifth place?
RED FACES SWEEP GIMPS AND CLINCH FIRST PLACE
Red Faces: 14 – Green Gimps: 8
Red Faces: 13 – Green Gimps: 8
In Game One, the hard-hitting Gimps didn't look too Gimpy as they started the top of One with 5 runs only to see the Faces respond with 3 and that was all the Red Rockets needed to get their explosive offense in flight. From then on, the Faces showed the "green with envy"
Gimps how "Faces Baseball" is played by limiting the visitors to 3 runs after the 1st.
Again, as been the case over the last half of the season, outstanding defense and contributions at the plate from the entire batting order as well as "put the ball in play" pitching from John Vinnai proved to be a pretty lethal combination. Manager Ford commented, "Whenever a play had to be made or a hit was needed, someone stood tall. But make no mistake, the Green team has a potent offense and some great defenders of their own so we had to be at our best to win this game".
Starring for the Faces, were:
Doug "hit it to me" Ford who was 3 for 3 and 2 runs scored
Eddy "hit it where they ain't" Schnurr at 3 for 3 and 2runs scored
John "take one for the team" Aikman who took one on the chin and continues on.
For the Green guys, Dave Robertson and John Manderson each went 3 for 3 at the plate. While the Gimps defence played well; the Reds kept hitting the holes.
Gimps went to the bullpen in Game Two and while George Merrick was solid on the mound that did not spark the silent bats of the Gimps. Trevor Houston and Jim Embrey were both 2 for 2 at the plate.
The Faces posted 5 in the top of the 5th and the soon to be crowned league champions took over and coasted their way to a convincing 13 to 8 victory. "It might have been one our best efforts this year" says Manager Ford as whenever a Green rally was shaping up, someone was there to put out the fire. There was never a let-down by anyone. This has been our team all year"
Champion stand-outs for the Season Champs included
Tom "Terrific "Hunter, going 4 for 4 and 3 runs scored
Bob "Superman" Rose who went 3 for 3 and was stellar in outfield
Jim Craig batted 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored and great pitching despite playing with cracked ribs.
Ev Lucenti who made great running catches in left field.
And finally, Greg Sportun, is battling illness but still showing up to support his mates.
Congratulations to Red Faces who are the 2017 Regular Season Champs.
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August 03, 2017
RED FACES STRENGTHEN LEAD IN STANDINGS
Game One: Red Faces 10 – Blue Pills 7
Game Two: Red Faces 15 -Blue Pills 8
The heat was on in Game One as the Faces and Pills (who have taken turns monopolizing first place in the OMMSPL standings this season) finally squared off on the diamond to do battle.
The Blue Pills just could not get it up on Thursday morning as they managed only 15 runs over two games.The Baby Blues seemed to have the upper hand logging a 5-1 lead into the bottom of 3 thanks to a home run by Tom Gorman and a triple by Jim Moritarty.
But then the bottom half of the Reds’ order said "Enough of this" and came up with a 5 spot with Ev Lucenti starting the parade. Four singles later Greg Sportun singled in two and with Jim Craig waiting on 3rd as the 5th run, Bob Rose punched a 1-1 count to right centre to complete the come-back. The Red-Men never gave up the rest of the way. Again solid "D" was the answer to a very potent Pills team.
Hero's Gallery...Doug " I want more runs from you guys" Ford went 4 for 4 and only booted two.
Greg "What inning is it" Sportun was 2 for 3 with a very important 2 RBI single
Roy "KKK" Kitching 2 for 3 and a 2 RBI single in the 1st and a mighty rally - killing swinging strike-out in the 3rd.
Bert Therrien and Jim Moriarty each went 3 for 3 for the Blue Pills.
After negotiating unsuccessfully to make Game Two a 5-inning game or a 1-1 count, skipper Ford told his mates that maybe they should show The Pills a little more" Faces’ baseball" and came up with a 5-1 lead by the bottom of 2 only to see it slip away momentarily.That’s when their "Ace in the Hole" Dave George did his thing by smacking a lead-off solo home run in the 4th to tie a surprised Pill squad. In fact, George hit it so far, it took 4 Pills to get to home plate. Look out Kitching, there's a new sheriff in town!!!
George’s heroics seemed to inspire the rest of the Faces as they went on to tally 10 more times to the Pills 2 unearned in the 7th to complete the sweep. Coach Ford said after that he was happy with his team’s wins today “but I still want more”. Jym Grimshaw replied, "You mean more beer don't you coach?"
Tom "Has anybody seen my glove" Hunter went 4 for 5 and 3 runs scored.
Bob Rose was 4 for 5 and2 runs scored.
For the Pills, Rick Martin showed little rust after being away in PEI for two weeks, going 5 for 7 for the day. Bert Therrien had a good day at the plate, going 5 for 6.
ROYALS SWEEP GREYS TO JUMP INTO 2ND PLACE
Greys Go Pancake in Game One
Yaschyshyn Spins Shut Out
Game One: Rusty Royals 12 – Grey Beards 0
Game Two: Rusty Royals 7 – Grey Beards 6
The Greys did their best pancake imitation ever in Game one. Like pancakes, Their batter(s) were runny, their defence was limp in the sun and they generally played flat. But they did it as a team! No goat horns in Game One as they all snored through the game managing only a few scattered hits.
Meanwhile the Royals played almost flawlessly led by Pitcher Don Ysacyshyn’s pinpoint accuracy in hitting the board and keeping the Beards off balance. Larry Weber, Tony Foscarin and Yaschyshyn each contributed 3 hits in the six-inning mercy game.
Grey's bounce back in Game Two as they stayed positive on the bench and put Game One behind them. The defence kept the Royals close with outstanding defensive plays by Laird Flowers and manager LloydJohnson. The offence finally showed signs of life with theirr first run in the 4th with Dave Adams crossing the plate courtesy of Manager Johnson's RBI. The stingy defence took over by shutting out the Royals in the 4th and 5th thanks to sure gloves in the outfield and solid middle infield work from Joe Parisani, Steve Moses and Rae Little.
John Koopman scored on Mike Albert's RBI in the fifth setting the stage for the Grey tsunami in the sixth when Greys sent eight men to the plate and scored half of them. RBI's spread amongst Lloyd Johnson, Ian Carson, Laird Flowers and Steve Moses gave the Grey's a 6- 5 lead. But the Royals came to life in the bottom of the 6th managed to scratch out a pair. Al King hit a sac fly to tie and Paul Ritchie then came through with his second RBI of the game to put the Royals in the lead.
The Grey Beards were unable to respond in the top of the 7th and, despite Art Knight's 3rd hit of the day and Joe Parisani's 3 for 3 game and 35-year consecutive dirty uniform streak, that was all she wrote.
In this close battle, Royals hits were spread throughout the lineup with John Finley contributing three hits and a hobbling Shane Noseworthy, two.
GOLDS HOLD ON TO 6TH PLACE
Wines’ Rallies in the Last Inning come up Just Short - Twice.
Game One: Golden Years 9 – Fine Wines 9
Game Two: Golden Years 11 – Fine Wines 9
The Wines had a chance to leapfrog the Golden Years with a sweep on Thursday but came up short. It was an up hill battle as 3 of the Wines were on a field trip to Sylvania in the US playing for the national team and another was on the DL The Golds finally seemed to snap out of their funk of the past two weeks managing a win and a tie for 3 out of 4 points.
Gold’s Neil Donaldson was again on the mound and while there a few free passes issued, he was operating with a bum thumb and did an admirable job as the Wine were trailing 8 to 2 in the bottom of 6. But the Wines rallied for 7 runs in the last two innings to salvage a tie 9 to 9. In fact, the final two outs in the game were made at the plate when the Wines were threatening to win with the bases loaded and only one out. While there were some fumbles out there it was a better defensive effort for the Golds who hung on for the tie.
The offense was a bit better as well with Mike Horner, Paul Bagnarol, Brock Paterson, Hando Told, Greg Hughes, Gary Golden and Doug Briscoe all collecting two hits each with Bags getting a big hit with the sacks full and collecting 3 ribbies. Runs scored were pretty well spread across the lineup with the rest of the RBI's shared by 6 different guys.
For the short-staffed Wines, Phil Dechene went 4 for 4 at the dish and Larry Adler was 3 for 3.
It was decided that the second game would be 6 innings due to the oppressive heat and humidity -something the players were not used to in this year of the washout. The Golds prevailed for an 11 - 8 victory, again with a better defensive effort.
Goulden’s boys kept Wines’ Wheeler busy at third and he ended up taking a few for the team over there at the hot corner. For the Golds, Doug Briscoe, who was sparing for the Golden Years, was also kept on his toes both at third and first and on one play at first he made a big 6' 8 stretch to get the out.
Outfield play was solid with a couple of nice catches by Mike Horner.
The Goldies went wire to wire leading all the way but the Fine Wines battled back, as they did in Game One. Wines got the tying runs on base in the last inning but failed to get them across the plate when Jim Fenner made the final out by catching a towering fly ball at the track off the bat of Doug Wheeler.
Offensively Bags and Bob George were the RBI guys with 3 a piece While Mike Horner collected 3 hits with Bags, Neil Donaldson and Steve Fraczkowski getting 2 hits.
For the hard luck Wines, Phil Dechene added 4 more hits for a perfect day at the plate. The two Bills, Johnson and Ballagh, both had 6 hits for the day.
SLUG FEST AT MILLBANK WEST, ENDS IN A SPLIT!
Game One: White Hairs 19 – Green Gimps 18
Game Two: Green Gimps 16 – White Hairs 15
Not much defence for the Green Gimps in Game One as they kicked the ball around. Although they took a 5 run lead into the bottom of the 7th they just could not put an injured but determined White Hairs away, losing 19 to 18.
For the Gimps, Barny Henderson went 3/4 at the plate with a triple. Cubby Hubert and Peter Bowers each were 4 for at the plate. Gimps had two mercy innings.
In Game Two, sluggish defence was the order of day. Greens’ Jim Embrey pulled a leg muscle and was on the gimp, leaving the Gimps struggling in the field. But the offence was pounding the ball again led by Barney Henderson and George Merrick who both laced triples, John Manderson had 3 doubles and was 4 for 4 at the plate. The Gimps had 2 mercy innings. Down 16 - 14 going into the bottom of 7th the Gimps pulled off the miracle finish with a 17-16 win.
No information available from the White Hairs as the dog apparently ate the score sheets.
Disclaimer: No animals were harmed in the production of these Game Reports.
July 27, 2017
GIMPS & PILLS SPLIT TO REMAIN NECK & NECK BEHIND THE RED FACES IN THE STANDINGS
Both Teams Show Great Defence but Only in One Game
Game One: Green Gimps 14 – Blue Pills 2
Game Two: Blue Pills 12 – Green Gimps 4
Game 1 was started despite the presence of a light rain. Gimps started the game in the field, and while the Pills had loaded the bases in the 1st inning the stingy Gimps held them to no runs, The Gimps had held batting practice while the Pills abstained and watched. This proved crucial because the Green guys scored 4 in the 1st inning while the Pills couldn't mount any offence until the 3rd inning when they scored their only 2 runs of the game. The Gimps built on their lead by scoring 5 in the 4th, 1 in the 5th and then 4 in the 6th to close out a 14 - 2 "Mercy" victory. Pitcher Rick Wilkinson combined with stellar defence to hold the Pills’ bats at bay for the rest of the game.
Jim Embrey, John Manderson, John Good, Barney Henderson led the Green hitting parade.
Al Stokes & Ted Talbot each went 2 for 2 for an unusually anemic Blue Pills team.
The Blue Pills did a complete turn around in Game 2 and earned a convincing 12 - 4 victory. Meanwhile the Gimps bats went strangely silent and their defence kicked the ball around The Pills never trailed in this contest scoring 2 in the 1st and 4 in the 2nd & 3rd to build a 10 to 4 lead after 3 innings. They were strong defensively & held the Greenies scoreless the rest of the game. Leading the Blue boys on defense was Ted Talbot with 2 key catches to close out the game. The Pills offence had several major contributors including Mike Way (3 for 3 including a homer and 3RBIs), Jim Moriarty (3 for 3 with 2RBIs), Al Stokes (2 for 2 and 1 RBI), Greg Aubert (2 for 3 and3 RBIs) and Tom Gorman (2 for 3).
For the Green guys, Jim Embrey went 2 for 2 and a walk at the plate.
DESPITE PLAYER SHORTAGE, RED FACES PREVAIL OVER GOLDEN YEARS
Reds Increase Lead in OMMSPL Standings
Game One: Red Faces 16 – Golden Years 10
Game Two: Red Faces 6 – Golden Years 4
The Goldies and the Reds faced off at Millbank West on Thursday under soggy conditions and once again, the Golds came out on the losing end of 16-10 and 6-3 scores.
In the first game, Goulden’s guys had the lead until the end of the 4th but suddenly, the defence let them down, giving up two 5 run innings in the 5th and 6th to lose the game.
Red Faces’ Tom Hunter led the way for the first-place Red machine going 3 for 4 at the plate. Dick Wood, Dave George and Greg Sportun picked up the slack (the Reds [played with only nine players) and came up with 3 for 4 performances. John Vinnai pitched the win.
Jim Fenner had a good game at the plate for the Golden Years with 3 hits while Al Baskett and Paul Bagnarol each had 2 hits and 2 ribbies. Defensively, not too much to say from the Golds standpoint although Neil Donaldson continued to pitch very well and made a couple of nice defensive plays.
The second game was a rather dull affair where the Golds struggled offensively with five guys in the order going hitless. But Reds’ John Aikman continued to show his strength at the plate with a perfect 4 for 4 game; while Manager Doug Ford and Greg Sportun chipped in with 3 hits in 4 at bats to lead the Red Faces in the close defensive battle. Once again John Vinnai pitched a solid game in limiting the frustrated Golds.
Mike Horner did have a solid outing for the Golds at the plate with 3 hits and also made a couple of nice catches in the outfield. Manager Gary Goulden, who like last year plans a championship run in the playoffs, was pleased to have Short Stop Paul Bagnarol back, testing his wonky back. Bags had a couple of hits as well as his usual stellar defence. Hando Told also had 2 hits and 2 ribbies.
All other games at the Glenashton diamonds were washed out as rainy Thursdays continue to plague the OMMSPL.
Disclaimer: No animals were harmed in the production of these Game Reports.
July 20, 2017
Grey Beards 12 ─ Green Gimps 12
It was a back and forth battle between the Gimps and the Beards with no lead greater than 3. The Greys showed grit up and down the lineup with 10 different players crossing the plate.
Greys opened the game with a pair of runs knocked in by Don Evans and Laird Flowers. The pesky Gimps answered with 3 of their own.
A determined Grey group stacked up 5 in the second with Rae Little keeping the line moving with a booming double. Big hits came from Mike (Mr. RBI) Albert and Ross Macintosh with 2 RBI's each and Don Evans provided the coup de grace.
The Gimps wouldn't go away however and answered with 5 of their own.
But the Beardies pushed 2 runs across in the 3rd courtesy of Bob Edmondson and Laird Flowers 2nd RBI of the game.
The Greys then entered sleep mode in the 4th and 5th while the Gimps pecked away setting the stage for the pivotal 6th.
A 3-run Gimp lead was evened up by the Grey's with a 3 of their own cashed in by Rick Wilcox with 2 and Mike Albert. The defence then took over and shut the door on the Gimps for the rest of the game.
John Koopman made the best of a 3 At Bat game by scoring twice and Steve Moses had a productive 2 for3 day. Dale Whitaker contributed a run scored and two hits
Defensive highlight was Manager Lloyd Johnson's full-speed, backhand grab in the 4th to save 2 runs. That inspired the rest of the hobbled outfield to step up and get to work. Mike Albert and Rick Wilcox managed to skip and shuffle to make several gutsy catches while Steve Moses made right field a black hole for the Gimpers.
The dirtiest uniforms on the bench belonged to Joe Parisani and Bob Edmondson who left it all out on the field with no ground ball or liner waved through.
Blue Pills 13 ─ Golden Years 1
The Golds (“Bagless”) met up for a game with the hot hitting Blue Pills at GA West on Thursday and the result at least of the first and only complete game was not pretty─ a 13 to 1 shellacking. Even the presence of Bags who came all the way in for the game although he knew he couldn't play, was not enough to inspire the Golds. He coached 3rd and didn't have much work to say the least.
Gary's Goldies started with a Mike Horner lead off double that was cashed in by Brian Sheridan's two-out single. That turned out to be their only run of the game. Hal “The Riddler” Ridley pitched a gem & kept the Golden guys off balance the rest of the way. The Pills offence re-awakened after two weeks of hibernation scoring 3 in the 2nd, 5 in the 3rd, 2 in the 4th & 3 in the 5th to seal the "Mercy" victory. Tom Gorman, Bruce Locke, Greg Aubert, Hal Ridley & Ray Grisold were all perfect at the plate. Jim Moriarty hit a 2-run "Inside the park" homer.
The Golds’ outfielders were busy with Mike Horner and Jim Fenner making some nice catches. Brock Paterson was also busy in Left fora couple of innings and made some nice relays to the infield. The highlight of the defense was a catch that was made by coach Gary on a little infield fly. The issue was that Gold’s pitcher Neil Donaldson (“I go for everything”) also thought he had it. The result was a pretty solid collision with Goulden hanging on to the ball. Call for the ball coach, call for the ball. Gary did say he got the worst of the collision saying Neil outweighed him by 50 lbs ─ Yeah right coach!
1st PLACE REDS ALMOST BLUE IT ROYALLY
KITCHING PARKS A 3 RUN HOMER
REDS “D” KEEPS THEM IN 1ST
Red Faces 17 ─ Rusty Royals 15
The league leading Red Faces met an enigmatic Rusty Royals and ran up an early 10 runs lead only to hang onto to win on two good defensive plays by Rover Dave George in the bottom of 7 with the tying run at 2nd.
Max Crocker’s Royals, who normally strike fast and then let teams catch up, could not get their motors running on Thursday but did make a spirited comeback almost upsetting the Reds.
The Fordless Red rockets blasted their way to an 16-7 lead by the end of the 5th but a few miscues in the 6th allowed the Blue-man group to cut the lead to 4 runs before going into the 7th.With the top of the order facing the Faces, fill-in manager Jim Craig told his mates that this would not look good on his resume and that he would pay a hefty penalty by the boss if he let a 9 run lead slip away. It got interesting but the Red guys got the job done.
Key's to the Reds’ victory:
Solid "D" first 5 innings
Great pitching from John Vinnai including a great stabbing grab and throw out
Eddy Schnurr went 4 for 4 with 3 runs scored.
Ev "I want my old $5 glove back" Lucenti - 3 for 3 and solid D in outfield.
"Big" Jym Grimshaw 3 for 3.
Dave "Play me anywhere coach" George 3 for 3 and perfect on the left side of the infield.
John "who's Doug Ford?" Aikman 3 for 3 and superb filling in for skipper Ford at Short Stop.
Jim "I'm the boss if we win" Craig with great heads-up "tag 'em out, throw 'em out double play.
Bob "Superman" Rose shoestring catch in left field.
And finally: Roy " Who's your daddy now" Kitching hit a 3 run dinger....No kiddin!!! Yeah...Over the fence!!!
For the disappointed Royals, lead-off batter Chris Zelkovich did just that with 4 hits in 5 at bats. Shane Noseworthy was also 4 foir 5; while Bob Neilson and Don Yaschyshyn each had 3 hits. John Finley, playing First Base, made several fine plays including diving to the bag to beat a speedy runner for the out. Doug Briscoe spared for the short bench Royals and looked solid in left field and certainly not someone who had knee surgery barely two months ago.
BATTLE FOR THE BASEMENT
Whites Win Tight Affair
White Hairs 13 ─ Fine Wines 12
With last place on the line the injury riddled White Hairs met up with the limping Fine Wines in what White’s Ron Linklater declared to be a “Relegation” game ─ with the loser moving to the +69 Tuesday league. This was a back and forth game with the lead changing hands four times. The Hairy guys were ahead 12 to 9 going into the last inning when the Wines rallied but could only push 2 runs across and fell by a single run 13 to 12.
Winning pitcher, Roly Scagnetti, was aided by the Whites’ infielders who turned no less than four double plays.
White Hairs Don Moseley-Williams was 3 for 3 and Bill Stubbins was 2 for 3 and a Sac fly. The first game was back and forth Jim Banyard had been re-inserted in the lead off spot for the Wines and came up big with 4 hits. Bill Johnson added 3 hits for the losers.
Both regular pitchers for the Wines were on assignment elsewhere so manager Wheeler went to the mound nursing his gimpy knee. He handed off to the shortstop Banyard in the later innings and took his spot.
Immediately he went for a ground ball just within his reach. Bill Ballagh was not at the game but if he had been he would have yelled " TIMBER " as he always does when the tipping point was crossed and Wheeler went down like an octopus falling out of a tree.
The Whites were quite amused by the acrobatics.
The second game started under ominous skies. Two innings were completed but the rains came ending play. A tie was declared. The Wines held 7th place.
At McCool’s later the same chatter from the Wine players was heard again, suggesting a management shuffle might help their play. Wheeler replied that it was a good thing the Player Trade Date had passed.
To add insult to injury when Wheeler got home after the battle, his always supportive wife asked how the games went. The exchange was as follows: "There was a rainout and we got a Tie".
"So, you tied and then there was a rainout".
" No, we lost then there was a rainout which gave us a tie ".
"You guys Suck".
July 06, 2017
Disclaimer: No animals were harmed in the production of these Game Reports.
REDS JUMP INTO 1ST
Vannai Monster on the Mound & Perfect at Plate
GAME ONE: RED FACES 7 – WHITE HAIRS 6
GAME TWO: RED FACES 18 – WHITE HAIRS 3
Feelin' hot hot hot in more ways than one as the red hot Faces really worked up a thirst today taking two from the White Hairs. But it wasn't easy in game one as the heat seemed to get to the Red guys almost letting a 7-0 4th inning lead slip away. In the 7th with 2 out, the hairy monsters found a way to get the tying run to 3rd. But it wasn't to be as "Mr.Dependable" Eddie Schnurr squeezed the last out in right field. It was the bottom of the order that were the top performers scoring 4 of the 5 runs in the 3rd inning. That proved to be the difference in the ball game as the Red guys only scored one more the rest of the way.
Hero's in game 1 included: Rookie John Vinnai batting 2 for 2 and pitching a gem; John Aikman 2 for 2 and super solid as an infield rotator and Bob " I'm not sure I can contribute today" Rose 2 for 2.
Feeling that they lucked one out, manager Ford threatened his charges that there would be serious consequences if they didn't perform better in Game 2. When asked what the consequences might be Ford responded, that it may include liquid refreshment rationing or no autograph-signing privileges post-game. With that in mind, the middle of the order stood tall scoring 8 of the 15 runs needed to mercy the white guys 15-3 in 5 innings. Frank Accommando delivered the final dagger with a 2 out double scoring Hunter & Rose who had singled ahead of Accomando.
Things weren't so pretty all the time though as there was an unscheduled meeting on the right side of the infield at first base including pitcher Jim Craig who said " who wants to make this out". As crowded as it was at the bag, the play was made. On another play, Craig also took charge coming from behind the pitchers screen to field a roller just before it touched the screen, fielded the ball cleanly and threw a strike to a waiting Jym Grimshaw.
Ev Lucenti 2 for 2, 2 runs scored and making great catches in the outfield (that even he didn't think he could make)!!!
Tom "just wanna help the team" Hunter 3 for 3 & 2 runs scored.
John "I wanna be a cheerleader some day" Vinnai was 2 for 2 and 2 runs scored
Roy "I love my new glove" Kitching, 2 for 2 and 2 runs scored
Bob " not sure if I can play today coach" Rose 2 for 2 & 2 runs scored.Good decision Rosie.
GIMPS TOO MUCH FOR WINES.
Greens Mercy Wines in 6 But Barely Hang on Game Two for Sweep
GAME ONE: GREEN GIMPS 19 – FINE WINES 7
GAME TWO: GREEN GIMPS 7 – FINE WINES 6
In the first game the Greens scored in every inning including 2 maximums. The Wines could only answer in 2 early innings totalling 7 runs to the Gimps 19. It was all over in 6 as the Mercy was recorded. The Wines weak hitting was matched by their weak fielding as pitcher Ron Berry would attest.
In what some thought was more than coincidence, on the hottest day of the year Wines’ Manager Wheeler had declared himself unfit to play and lounged in the shady bench area concentrating on the score sheet. Even this was too much for him as at one point he had declared it was the Seventh inning only to be shown by the umpire 1,2,3,4,5. What's next?
In another dubious move, Wheeler had decided to move his usually reliable lead off batter, Jim tabby Banyard to the number 5 hole. "He is beginning to crack under the pressure " he said "and Jim Baxter batting 4 needs some protection !!" It turned out Banyon lead off the 2 nd, 4 th and 6 th innings instead as Baxter was the last out in the previous ones.
Gimps bats were sizzling in game one George Merrick went 4 for 4 and Rick Wilkinson was 3 for 3. John Manderson, Michael Kitchen and Rick Jenkins each were 3 for 4. RBI leaders were Rick Jenkins, Michael Kitchen and George Merrick with 4 each. George Merrick had a inside the park home run to cap off a 5 run 6th inning.
For the shell-shocked Wines, Bill Johnson joined Banyard going 3 for 3 in the game.
In Game Two with the game tied at 2 in the top of 3, the Purples strung together 6 hits to score 5 and take the lead 6 to 1. Kartna , Little, Adler, Stillich, and Berry all delivered singles before Phil Dechene's bases loaded double cleared the bases.
The Gimps bats went cold to start the second game and found then down 6 - 1 going into the bottom of the 3rd inning. But all too soon it was back to the futility for the Wines as the Greens chipped away a little at a time to finally take the lead 7 to 6 in the bottom of 6.
Solid Pitching from Wilkinson and outstanding team defence held the Wines at bay as Wines came up dry in the 7 th and it was all she wrote.
Gimps were led by John Good (2 for 2) and Dave Robertson who had 2 RBIS.
For the Wines it was too much of a Good thing - Johnny Good that is .... who played a great game at short for the Gimps making many great fielding plays and accurate throws.
Jack Pang pitched an excellent game for he Wines but had little offensive support. Offensively, Ron Berry lead the Wines going 3 for 3 in game 2.
BEARDS TAKE TWO FROM GOLDEN YEARS
Briscoe Golden in Return
Wilcox Just Misses Parisani’s Mouth-to-Mouth Effort
GAME ONE: GREY BEARDS 14 – GOLDEN YEARS 11
GAME TWO: GREY BEARDS 10 – GOLDEN YEARS 3
The Grey Beards moved into a tie for first place with two convincing victories over the Golden Years. This phenomenal feat was accomplished without the astute guidance of Grey Beard Manager Lloyd Johnston who out of town attending a wedding.
The first game of the twin spin did not begin in the Beards’ favour when Rick Wilcox took one for the team as a fly ball to Centre Field he was running down bonked him in the noggin. When Joe Parisani rushed out to his fallen teammate and mentioned mouth-to mouth, Wilcox quickly regained an upright position. The Golden Years scored 4 runs to take a 4-1 first inning lead.
This Golden lead held up until the Beards scoring machine notched 4 runs in the third inning, then 3 more runs in each of the next three innings to take a 14 - 4 lead into the bottom of the seventh.
The Golds aided the Greys in their onslaught as they booted the ball around, particularly in the early innings, giving the Beardies far to many outs much to the consternation of The Gold pitching staff of Brian Sheridan, Neil Donaldson and Allan Lee.
One would think they were a bunch of old guys or something.
Doing most of the damage for the Beards were Ross MacIntosh, Rick Wilcox, and Dale Whitacre who each had 2 hits and scored a pair of runs. Don Evans crushed a three-run homer to centre. Ian Carson smacked a first inning triple, and later a couple of singles. Following the game, once he found his car keys, a frantic Carson had to leave for a tournament in Syracuse. Obviously he wanted to beat the traffic. Defensively for the Golden Years, Mike Horner made some nice catches in the field while at the plate, Hando Told had 3 hits. Told also had two RBI’s as did Doug Briscoe.
Before the second contest, Interim Manager Dave Adams treated the team to some melons, because nothing motivates guys more than melons. After first letting the team feast their eyes on these perky, mouth-watering melons, the players reached in to sample this cool treat and certainly enjoyed nibbling the melons.
Melon Motivation worked as the Beards scored 4 runs in the bottom of the first inning, added 1 in the second, and 5 more in the fifth to take a 10-0 lead into the sixth, and final inning of this solar-shortened game. Once again the Golden Years attempted to rally but could only cross the plate 3 times. A week after his 79th Birthday celebration ("I stayed up till 7:00"), Art Knight pitched every inning and wasn't disappointed that he was robbed of a shutout in the final frame. Said the humble Art, " I'm more interested in a little shut-eye than a shut-out."
Offensive support for Knight was provided by John Koopman, Bob Edmondson, and Dave Adams who combined for 8 hits and 6 runs. Defensively, Joe Parisani, Mike Albert and Rick Wilcox all made multiple outstanding catches in the field.
In game 2, the Golds were flatter than a pancake, couldn't get anything going. In fact, they didn't score ANY runs until the last inning. Defensive stalwarts included Horner, Bagnarol, Briscoe and Hughes making some good plays in the field.
One very positive note is that it was good to see Doug Briscoe back
from his knee operation. Doug was sparing for the Golds and was very solid in both games. He saved several outs at first base with his extended reach necessary to snag all the errant throws from his
infield. He also turned a nice double play while filling in at rover.
He also hit the ball hard each trip to the plate.
The Golds "Glory Hog" was awarded to Mike Horner who had excellent games defensively and was solid at the plate noting his speed has also been a boost to the team.
Next week its the Fine Wines at Palermo 1 when the Golds will be
hoping to climb back to 500.
ROYALS UPSET PILLS
Double Loss Drops Pills from First to Fifth
GAME ONE: RUSTY ROYALS 19 – BLUE PILLS 11
GAME TWO: RUSTY ROYALS 12 – BLUE PILLS 11
Max Crocker’s “I’m not sure which team is showing up” Rusty Royals looked like a well oiled machine on Thursday as they overpowered the first place Blue Pills by a 19 - 11 score. The Royals built a 9 run lead after 2 innings scoring 4 in the 1st & 5 in the 2nd while holding the Pills off the score sheet. The Pills then got their bats going in the middle innings and closed the gap to 3 after 6 innings; but the Royals put the game on ice by adding on 5 more runs in the top of the 7th. No less than eight Royals batters (Paul Ritchie, Harvey Hewgill, Tony Foscarin, Al King, John Finley, Larry Weber, Don Yaschyshyn and Bob Neilson) had three hits each.
Tom Gorman (4/4) & Jim Moriarty (3/3 & 5 RBI) were perfect at the plate for the Pills.
In Game Two, the Royals again started strongly by holding the visiting Pills scoreless in the first & putting up 5 runs in their half of the frame. But this time the Pills responded with 4 of their own in the 2nd. The Royals continued to hit the ball hard & stretched their lead to 9 to 5 after 4 innings. The Pills then exploded for 5 runs in the 5th on the strength of Mike Way's 3 Run inside the park homer. They tallied another run in the 6th and took an 11 - 9 advantage into the 7th.
The Pills then went quietly in their half of the final frame but were confident since they had held the Royals scoreless in the 5th & 6th innings. However, the Royals were not to be denied and they grabbed the walk-off 12-11 victory by scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th. Leading the comeback win for the exuberant Royals were Steve Vitella, Shane Noseworthy and Bob Neilson with 3 hits apiece.
For the Pills, Mike Way & Terry Stroud each went 3/3 with 3 RBI's.
The sweep over the Pills sent the Blue boys from First to Fifth in the OMMSPL Standings. Rookie Manager Greg Aubert promises to shake things up next week.
June 29, 2017
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GOLDEN YEARS SPLITTING HAIRS
Golds Maintain Their .500 Pace
Whites Showing Signs of Improving
GAME ONE: WHITE HAIRS 13 – GOLDEN YEARS 12
GAME TWO: GOLDEN YEARS 13 – WHITE HAIRS 11
Despite giving the Whiteys 12 outs and 9 unearned runs in the first two innings the Golden Boys kept chipping away falling one run short and bowing 13-12 to the White -Shirted team. The White Hairs came to play with 4 runs in the first and 5 in the second and then the bats went missing. But they did score 1 in each of the following 4 innings to open an 13-8 lead.
With the tying run on third and two out Manager Doug McArthur had OZUNA warming in the pen the manager (who shall remain nameless) smacked a hopeful line drive up the middle which was easily snared by a vigilant and well -positioned Rick Cummings to preserve the victory for the Snow Whites. Leading the victorious White Hairs was Paul Hunter with a perfect 4 for 4; while Mike McFadden and Ron Linklater had 3 hits each.
Game two was a turnaround whereby the Golds led by 6 going into the bottom of the last inning and the MacArthurless Whites made a valiant comeback attempt but ultimately lost by a 13-11 score.
Gold’s Brian Sheridan wore his Mr. Versatility cape pitching, making some superb scoops at third and turning a sharp double play while manning second base. He was also a big threat at bat going 6 for 7. A healthy (?) Brock Paterson returned to the outfield and made a number of excellent catches while Allan Lee had 6 hits including a gazelle-like triple and did a great job relieving Brian ( I hate that screen! ) Sheridan on the mound.
Offensively Mike Horner was 6 for 7 to make up for the lack of action in left centre. Greg Hughes legged out a3 bagger to the fence and Doug Briscoe came off the DL to bring in the two game winning Ribbies in the second game.
As the thunder rumbled in the distance the Goldies voted 12-1 for manager Goulden to retreat to the parking lot with a metal bat held aloft to distract any lightning away from the playing field; but, not to be fooled, after 25 minutes beside a Kia Rio he figured out it was a cheap ploy to keep him from going to bat again.
GIMPS OWN ROYALS
GAME ONE: GREEN GIMPS 14 – RUSTY ROYALS 6
GAME TWO: GREEN GIMPS 7 – RUSTY ROYALS 7
After being swept by the Gimps earlier in the season, the Rusty Royals were out for revenge. Unfortunately, the Green Gimps displayed strong defense throughout Game One and rolled to a 14 – 6 victory. Ty Crawford went 2 for 3 at the plate including a double and Jim Embrey was 3 for 3.
For the Royals Bob Neilson was 3 for 3; while Chris Zelkovich and Al King each had 2 hits in 3 at bats.
The second game went into the books as a tie because it was called off after one inning due to lightning in the area.
BLUE PILLS NOT UP TO THE CHALLENGE AGAINST TOUGH BEARDO SQUAD
Front Runners Swept Again!
GAME ONE: GREY BEARDS 14 – BLUE PILLS 12
GAME TWO: GREY BEARDS 7 – BLUE PILLS 6
A warm but wet day at Millbank East saw the Grey Beards win again against the league leading Blue Pills. Both games were really close and a real treat for the fans watching the game if there were any. For the second time this season, the Grey Beards generated just enough offence to sweep both games from the Pills.
In Game One with Manager Johnston finally back cracking the whip, the Beards responded going scoreless in the first inning? But the tough middle of the order couldn't be denied in the second as they put up three runs to tie the game with four consecutive hits from Laird Flowers, Bob Edmondson, Dave Adams, and Steve Moses, followed later by an RBI single from Mike Albert.
Trailing in the fourth by three runs, the Grey Beards' league leading offence erupted for five runs led off again by Laird Flowers and company with contributions also by John Koopman with a key hit and an RBI and Rae Little also a key hit and an RBI.
The Beardies added five more in the fifth to take a 13- 11 lead. This was led by Art Knight, followed by singles from the top of the order from Ross MacIntosh, Don Evans, Ian Carson, Joe Parisani, and a two RBI double from Manager Johnston.
The Pills put up 5 of their own in the 5th inning and had the tying runs on base in the 7th inning but ultimately their comeback attempt fell short.
Overall in Game One Ross MacIntosh, Don Evans, Laird Flowers, and Steve Moses were all a perfect three for three. Moses had three RBI's as well and Flowers scored in all three at bats.
Pills’ Jim Moriarty & Bruce Locke were perfect at the plate & drove in 5 of the team's 12 runs.
Game Two saw the middle of the Grey Beards’corder cool off but the top of the order finally got going. Dave Adams started things with a single followed later by back to back doubles from Carson and Parisani, and singles from Johnston, Moses, Edmondson, and Koopman. The Beards added two more runs in the third inning when Evans and Carson both singled and were driven home by Johnston. That was all the scoring they could manage for the rest of the game but thankfully for the Greys, the Pills were just as bad. The Beardos took a 7 - 3 lead into the seventh inning when the Blue Pills offence finally woke up scoring three runs with the tying run on third but that was as close as they would get.
For game two, Johnston was 3 for 3, and Carson, Moses, Edmondson and Koopman were 2 for 3. Johnston also had three RBI’s.
Art Knight was his usual superb self pitching all 14 innings and Rick Wilcox added a dimension of speed into the game with outstanding running for most of the game.
The Pills' Rick Martin went 3 for 3 and Ray Grisold, Bruce Locke, Tom Gorman & Terry Stroud each went 2 for 3.
REDS AND WINES CHOP
Battle of the “Dougs” Leaves No Clear Winner
GAME ONE: RED FACES 13 – FINE WINES 5
GAME TWO: FINE WINES 8 – RED FACES 7
A light mist was falling as the first game began. The Reds came out swinging hard and with a little help from the Wines defence scored 5 in the top of the first and that was enough to carry their rock-solid defense the rest of the way allowing only 4 runs while chalking up a convincing 13- 5 win.
Wines’ Manager Doug Wheeler, desperate to beat opposing Manager Doug Ford, went to the bullpen at mid-game and called in Jack Pang. He consoled Starter Ron Berry that he had only two choices -- a whole new defence or the pitcher. On his way to the bench RonBerry noted that his Earned Run Average for the game was 0.00.
Wines could only score in one more of the last 6. For one stretch
Red Faces’ Tom (just trying to help) Hunter was 3 for 3 including a majestic (well maybe misplayed a bit) inside the parker.
Roy (help me please) Kitching 2 for 2 and a load 'em up walk. Including a perfectly placed " Q-shot" that eluded 3 Wine infielders, turning an out into a double.
All 4 outfielders were credited with outstanding defensive plays and John Vinnai's pitching was on the mark.
Offensive highlights were few for the Purples although Phil Dechene, Jim Baxter and Bill Ballagh managed 2 hits each.
Under threatening rumbling skies the Fine Crew squeezed in 2 runs to take the lead in the top of 5. Then the Reds were blanked in the bottom half.
At this point the skies opened up and play was halted. After most of the rain had stopped, one more open inning was declared. However, Reds Manager Ford found the field unfit for play and called the game after 5 complete innings.
Having no choice, The Wines reluctantly accepted the win 8-7.
Doug Wingrove lead the charge for the Wines going 3 for 3. Jack Pang, Bob Oliver and Doug Wheeler were each 2 for 2.
Wines Pitcher Ron Berry started and finished the game getting the win. He had told management " If you pull me again I am going home." Wheeler said after the game " I missed my chance”
After a Reds batter scalded a line drive just foul, the Reds bench noted that third baseman Wheeler barely flinched. He replied "If it was fair, I had it." The next pitch was drilled again. This time the Reds bench erupted with laughter as it went right through Wheeler’s futile attempt to field it.
No Red Face heroes in this game although Jim Craig was 2 for 2 and had his "A" game going at pitcher, Dick Wood and "gloveless" Roy Kitching were also 2 for 2. In Kitching's last at bat, he sent a liner just outside the 3rd base bag. 3rd baseman Doug Wheeler said if it was fair he would have surely snagged it. So Kitching decided to give Wheeler a second chance and promptly shot a liner under Wheelers glove on his left side. "Who has the red face now"?? says manager Ford.
Finally, Larry Adler passed along some helpful news to the many athletes in the OMMSPL suffering from sore knees. After hearing complaints form team mates that their joints were too tight, Adler suggested that they should be rolled more loosely.
June 22, 2017
Disclaimer: No animals were harmed in the production of these Game Reports.
GIMPS UPSET FRONT RUNNING PILLS
Ridley, Stokes, Talbot & Therrien Lead Gimps
Game One: Green Gimps 14 – Blue Pills 10
Game Two: Blue Pills 13 – Green Gimps 8
The teams split the two games with the Gimps pulling off a comeback win in Game 1 and the Pills rebounding with a convincing win in Game 2.
In Game One, the two teams traded runs in the first two innings. But, in the 3rd inning, the Gimps were held scoreless while the Pills scored 5 on the strength of RBIs from 5 different guys. Not to be outdone, the Gimps scored 5 of their own in the 4th & held the Pills scoreless making the score 8 - 8 after 4 innings. The Gimps then scored 6 more runs over the next 3 frames while holding the Pills offence to a mere 2 runs sealing the 14 - 10 victory.
Highlights for the Green Gimps included a power packed triple by Barny Henderson and a 3 for 3 performance at bat for Ty Crawford. Seems like a good day for the legal profession.
For the Pills, Bruce Locke, Ian Schell, Terry Stroud & Greg Aubert were all perfect at the plate.
The batters started with a 1-1 count in the rain-shortened 2nd Game. The Pills only scored in 2 innings tallying 5 in the 2nd & a whopping 8 in the 5th & carried a 13-3 lead into the bottom of the 5th & final inning. The Gimps put a scare into the Pills but the hill was too high and the comeback fell short making the final score 13 - 8 in favour of the Pills. Bert Therrien. Hal Ridley, Ted Talbot & Al Stokes were perfect at the plate combining for 7 runs scored & 8 RBIs.
WHITE HAIRS WAKE UP RUSTY ROYALS
Game One: White Hairs 11 – Rusty Royals 10
Game Two: Rusty Royals 13 – White Hairs 3
In the bottom of the 7th, tie game, 2 out and the bases loaded, Rod McLeod hit a hard grounder to drive in the winning run. It was a see-saw game with the lead changing five times. Mike McFadden, Don Brown and Rick Bradley were all 3 for 3 for the White Hairs. Good White Defense and silent Royal bats kept the score low.
Larry Weber with a 3 for 3 performance and Harvey Hewgill with a perfect 2 for 2 led the Royals; while Don Yaschyshyn, And Chris Zelkovich each had 2 hits in 3 at bats. Yaschyshyn also cashed in two RBI’s.
The Royals’ bats came alive in Game Two as they drilled the ball over the White Hairs’ outfielders or in the gaps. Royals relief pitcher, Don Yaschyshyn limited the Hairy guys to just to 8 hits in the rain shortened game.
For the Royals, no less than five players (Tom Sawa, Don Yaschyshyn, Bob Neilson, Larry Weber and Chris Zelkovich) were a perfect 2 for 2.
Laurence Drew, Paul Hunter and Don Brown were all 2/2 for the W/H's.
SPLITSVILLE FOR GOLDS AND REDS
Game One: Golden Years 8 – Red Faces 5
Game Two: Red Faces 13 – Golden Years 5
The Gold Years and the Red Faces squared off Glenashton East on Thursday with the skies threatening rain. The Goldies were trying to get above 500 and were hoping to gain some ground on the Red Faces but alas, it didn't happen (starting to feel like the Jays-but at least they are at the benchmark 500) as they split the games 8-5 Goldies in the first and 13-5 Reds in the second.
The first was a solid pitching and defensive outing for the Goulden boys noting that after giving up 4 runs in the first, the Golds held the Reds almost scoreless the rest of the way. One might think that a .511 team batting average would be pretty good, but not the case as the Red Rooster Roster laid an egg(actually 5 eggs) going 5 innings without scoring a run Offensively, Mike Horner, Al (I'd rather be fishing) Baskett, and of course Bags hit the ball well and Jim Fenner had a solid opposite field knock collecting a ribbie for his efforts. Coach Goulden also had a couple of hits and on his second, he turned an inside the park HR into a triple (although the outfielder may have misplayed the ball a bit) and was then left stranded there by his inept team mates and was not happy about that. Brian Sheridan and Neil Donaldson shared pitching duties and did a fine job and Allan Lee made a couple of fine plays at third.
After starting the game with four runs, Manager Ford felt that his guys were lulled into submission by the slow-moving Golden Oldies who were hoping for rain to escape with 1 win and a rain-out.
Tom "teriffic" Hunter was 4 for 4 again; Frank " I got it Accomando, 3 for 4; Doug " I want a nurse" Ford was 3 for 4.
The rest......great cheerleaders
One might think that a team batting average of .718 might win a ball game .... Well you are right!!! The defensive juggernauts with the red jerseys came out swinging with 32 hits in the rain-shortened 2nd game. The Golden guys were generous in the field, booting it around a bit giving up 13 runs in the first 4 innings, although it started to rain in the 4th when the Reds scored 5 and the ball and outfield were very slippery.
Golden Goulden (team Manager) waved the white flag after 4 1/2 innings but insisted that his Nuggets were going to come back and it was only the weather that got in the way. Needless to say the Red Rockets accepted the white flag and were happy to get to McCools to get first class seating.
Red stars of Game Two included Tom "I 'm just doin' my part"Hunter who was again perfect at 3 for 3 and Bob "the sleeper" Rose went 3 for 3 and perfect in the outfield. The rest of the outfield were “spotless grabbing anything and everything”, said an envious Roy Kitching who is considering trading in his 2-year-old grandson's glove for a first baseman's glove.
For the Golden boys, Brian Sheridan, Allan Lee and Brock Paterson hit the ball hard and Doug Auld had a solid hit collecting an RBI. Defensively, nothing good too say except for Paul Baganarol who played solidly at short.
WINES SHAVE BEARDS
Game One: Fine Wines 10 – Grey Beards 8
Game Two: Fine Wines 14 – Grey Beards 9
As Wines Manager Doug Wheeler limped up the bench on Thursday morning he didn't know what to expect. He broke the news to his crew that he was on the DL after injuring his knee the night before and would be just umping the games instead. Someone responded that he was better suited for that role anyway; however, one of WHEELER's favourites, Aarne Kartna said that he and a few others would have to up their games to “Pick Up The Slack”. He also noted that there was not much slack to pick up.
With that endorsement the games began.
Hopes were high for the Greys to start Game One. With a hearty cheer of "Art's Back", they opened the first inning. Three runs later, courtesy of RBIS from Joe Parisani, Bob Edmondson and Steve Moses, the Greys took the field only to see the Winers answer with a two.
Greys took the 2nd inning off offensively, unfortunately also took the 4th, 5th and 7th off as well.
Greys added 4 in the 3rd with the damage being done on RBIs from Ian Carson and Bob Edmondson.
Ian Carson opened the 6th with our only home run of the day as the Greys erupted for the maximum 5 runs. RBIs came off the bats of Carson, Edmonson, Dave Adams and Rick Wilcox..
Outstanding Grey defensive plays included a 2 on, 2 out, shoestring catch in right by Rick Wilcox in the second and a heads up runner-freezing rundown instituted by Laird Flowers in the fourth.
The game was a see saw battle with the persistent Wines scoring 5 in the 5th and 6th and then holding off the Grays in the 7th for a 15 to 12 Win.
Wines’ Kartna did indeed pitch in with 3 for 3 effort as did winning pitcher Ron Berry, and acrobatic outfielder Larry Adler. On defence Leaping Jimmy Baxter at Rover went high to snag several line drives that were destined for the outfield.
A light rain started as the second frame began. Greys gave up 5 to start Game Two but responded in the home half with 3 of their own. Joe Parisani, Laird Flowers and Bob Edmonson cashed in the top of the order.
Greys showed grit in the second by first shutting off the flow of the Winers offence thanks to a solo double play by shortstop Edmonson then went ahead with a three spot with Mike Albert cashing in a Dave Adams triple’ followed by Dale Whitaker and Rick Wilcox racing home on RBIs from Ross Macintosh and John Koopman.
The Grey bats slept through the 3rd and 4th while the Wines
blasted another maximum 5 in the first inning to take control. A pugnacious Beard squad fought back bravely but another max 5 and 4 more from the Purples sent them to a watery grave. The rain intensified and the fifth inning was the last. The final was 14 to 9 in favour of the rejuvenated Wines
Leading the way for the Wines were Howard Mott who was 3 for 3 with a 3 run homer in the fifth. Bill Ballagh and Bob Oliver were also perfect at the plate in the last game. Oliver however was not pure in the field. A high pop fly was quickly greeted with a loud I GOT IT from the Hammer. That changed to I THOUGHT I HAD IT as it popped out of his waiting mitt.
Outfielders were not immune to problems. Larry Adler had been injured and on the verge of retiring from ball during the Tuesday 70's game going so far as to give his Jersey back to the League. However his medical staff gave him a cortisone shot on Wednesday and he was good as new for Thursday. He said that stuff works better than weed.
He demonstrated his unique style in the outfield, blowing the occasional tire but making some entertaining catches as well. When last seen he was looking for his 70's jersey.
Later at the bar, as the Wines celebrated their first sweep of the year, Manager Wheeler was encouraged to take all the time he needed to rehab his knee. Those are some considerate guys he said.
JUNE 15, 2017
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BEARDS TRIM THE HAIRS
Greys’ Manager Johnston May Just Stay in Spain
Game One: Grey Beards 8 ─ White Hairs 6
Game Two: Grey Beards 10 ─ White Hairs 4
With Grey Beards' Manager Lloyd Johnson relaxing on the Spanish beaches attempting to complete the writing of his erotic memoirs, Fifteen Shapes of Grey, it was up to interim manager Dave Adams to create the perfect game plan to defeat those pesky White Hairs. Upon hearing that pitcher Art Knight was unable to play, Adams traded his Spare outfielder to the Red Faces for Spare pitcher Roly Scagnetti. And Scags did not disappoint as he pitched all 14 innings and smacked 4 base hits in his first outing of the season.
In Game One, trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the 5th inning, the Beards were in desperate need of some runs. Enter stage left the Meat(heads) of the order: Steve Moses, Dave Adams, Rae Little, and Mike Albert. This quartet hit consecutive singles and were cashed in with RBIs from the bats of Dale Whitacre, Boz Scags and Ross MacIntosh. There was no more scoring from either team, making the final 8-6.
Greys’ Laird Flowers put in his two hits worth in and also scored a run in the 2nd frame.
Unfortunately, this was another typical low scoring White Hairs game that was tied mid way, ahead for a short time only to lose with a combination of Beards’ hits and White Hairs miscues. Paul Hunter was 2 for 3, 2 RBI'S and 2 runs scored.
In Game Two, a seemingly anemic White Hairs’ team could only muster 3 runs on 9 hits in this 7 inning contest. After falling behind 3-0 after 3 innings, the Beards erupted like a previously dormant volcano and scored 4 runs in the top of the 4th, three more in the 5th, and just to be on the safe side scored another three in the 6th. Mike Albert led the hit parade with a 3 for 3 showing at the plate. John Koopman, Ian Carson, Scags (again), and MacIntosh were all pleased with their two-hit performances. The White Hairs could only muster one more run and fell for the second time on this day, 10-4.
The two-game sweep concluded at 11:45, leaving confused Beards' infielder Joe Parisani wondering if Fionn's served a brunch that would compliment his 3 lime beverage.
Leading the White Hairs was Mike McFadden with a 3 for 3 performance. The Hairy guys who have run intoi some early injury problems were missing six regulars but thanks to spares Rick Cummings and Paul Lemmon were able to keep the games relatively close.
PILLS CORK WINES
Game One: Blue Pills 21 ─ Fine Wines 16
Game Two: Blue Pills 12 ─ Fine Wines 0
The Wines were no match for the surging Pills on Thursday as they fell in both games.
In the first bout, the game was played fairly tight for the first 3 innings, with both teams hitting well and playing good defense. However there was some getting used to the wind, as several flies dropped in for singles for both teams. There were two distinct turning points in the game, if that is indeed possible. The first was an inside-the-park home run by Bruce Locke in the top of the 3rd, and the second was holding the Wines to only two runs in the bottom of the 5th when they had scored two and had the bases loaded with nobody out. After that the Pills extended their lead to 21-11 in the next two innings and finally withstood a rash of errors to allow the Wines to climb back to within 5 before closing it out with a couple of fine defensive plays.
The Wines did score in all but one inning but that was the difference as the Baby Blues took it 21-16.
After the sloppy finish to Game One, the Blue Pills regrouped and decided that was enough of Alphonse and Gaston routines and dropping routine flies. The second game was played with flawless defense and the bats were working throughout the line up to build up a 12-0 lead by the 5th inning. It was a team effort, with all players contributing. While nobody had a perfect batting game, many were either 5-7 or 4-6. Bruce Locke would have had a second inside-the-park homer but he decided to stop at 3rd for a cup of coffee and a muffin. The team also welcomed Dave Zywine to the team and he immediately fit right in, playing 3 different positions and scoring 3 runs.
For the Wines Howard Mott and John Stillich were 3 for 3 to lead a Wines futile attack.
After the game Wines’ Manager Wheeler was quoted as saying "Other than not being able to hit and not being able to catch a ball I thought we played pretty well. Maybe my crew took the pre-season message I gave about just having fun too seriously."
SPLIT FOR RED FACES & GREEN GIMPS
Gimps Steal Game One but Get Caught in Game Two
Game One: Green Gimps 14 ─ Red Faces 13
Game Two: Red Faces 16 ─ Green Gimps 3
Ouch!!! That hurts!!! He who makes the fewest mistakes wins on the "Red Green” Show. After building a 13-4 lead, the Red roster did the unthinkable and blew it as the Greenies came all the way back to win it, including 5 runs in the bottom of the 7th. Peter Bowers went 3 for 3 for the Gimps.
Not only were the losers red faced and hurt, but so was their fearless leader as Manager Ford took another beating on the bean. He wondered what was tougher on him ---being a Manager or being a Short Stop.
Notables for the Red Faces included John Aikman with 3 for 3 and 2 runs scored as well as making all his plays at 2nd and
Frank Accomando 3 for 3 and 3 runs scored. Fill-ins Bill Tyler and Dave Slote did a great job and were each 2 for 3 and 2 runs scored.
After the first game's humiliation, Manager. Ford announced that if his troops didn't win Game 2, that they would practice instead of going back to McCool's.OMG!!!! Obviously the Red mates took that threat seriously and showed no mercy handing the Green horns a trouncing revenge score of 16 - 3 by the 5th.Back at the pub, the Faces showed no mercy again complaining whether the chicken wings being served were actually humming birds!!! Finishing a great day at the plate, Frank Accomando was again 3 for 3 scoring 3 times so 6 for 6 for the day (not too shabby!).
John Aikman 3 for 3 and 2 runs scored...c'mon John you can do better!!! Greg Sportun 3 for 3 and 2 runs scored and Bill Tyler added 3 hits in 3 at bats. Doug "Get me a nurse" Ford went 3 for 3 and Ed " Mr. Clutch" Schnurr another ho hum 3 for 3 game.
Despite the shellacking, Green Gimps’ John Manderson still managed an inside the park home run and went 2 for 2 in the game.
ROYALS DOMINATE GAME ONE BUT BARELY EKE OUT GAME TWO
Donaldson Shines in Losing Cause
Game One: Rusty Royals 23 ─ Golden Years 10
Game Two: Rusty Royals 8 ─ Golden Years 6
The Rusty Royals are on a roll. After losing four in a row, they have now won their next four and have climbed into second place, tied with the Red Faces.
Royals started slowly, down by 3 after one inning, but gradually caught up and overtook the Golden boys with 3 in the 2nd, 5 in the 3rd, 2 in the 4th and then 13 runs in the final three innings. On the other side, Golds’ bats went cold. Neil Donaldson stepped up to the mound in place of Gold’s designated ace Brian Sheridan and did a great job finding the plate issuing no walks. The only problem was the Rusties had no problem putting bat on the ball and were pounding the ball all game.
Rookies Tony Foscarin and Chris Zelkovich and Pitcher Don Yaschyshyn led the Royals onslaught with four booming hits each; while Awadh Jaggernath, Paul Ritchie, John Finley, Max Crocker and Al King kept pace with 3 apiece.
Game Two started slowly and then seemed to get slower as a close defensive battle ensued. Donaldson continued his excellent pitching in the second game. It was anyone’s game until the 6th inning when the Golds took a two run lead in the top of the inning. But the Royals’ struck back in the bottom half for four, clearly aided by a string Golden gaffes.
While the Royals’ hitting was not as prolific as it was in Game One, it was timely and Defense was solid. Of particular note was Outfielder Shane Noseworthy’ outstretched diving catch of a ball that had triple written all over it. At bat, Yaschyshyn completed a perfect day with 3 hits in 3 trips to the plate. Manager Max, Noseworthy, Weber and Zelkovich each contributed 3 hits.
As well as his stellar pitching, Donaldson got three hits and 2 ribbies for the day and showed experience on the base paths with some timely running resulting in an additional couple of runs,
Other Golden offensive performances for the day came from Paul Bagnarol going 6 for 7 with 2 doubles and a triple. Brock Patterson, Mike Horner and Allan Lee collected 4 hits while Manager Gary Goulden and Jim Fenner got 3 safeties each.
Mike Horner made some nice catches in the field and Donaldson also made a couple of solid catches off line drives and started a double play.
Donaldson really did have a very impressive day and was awarded the coveted "Glory Hog" for his efforts.
JUNE 08, 2017
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GREYS SEE RED AND WINNING STREAK END
Ford Outstanding in the Field Despite Nose Dive
GAME ONE: RED FACES 16 ── GREY BEARDS 7
GAME TWO: RED FACES 15 ── GREY BEARDS 6
The Grey Beards’ four game win streak came to a screeching halt at the hands of the Red-faced Rockets. The Greys managed to stack up 6 runs by the end of the third courtesy of a five-run third with Laird Flowers, Joe Parisani and Art Knight providing the RBIs. Unfortunately, that was all the scoring the Grey's would generate in the game.
With no one on the bench, the Red Faces delivered a blasting to the Bearded Wonders who were wondering " who are these guys"! "It was a total team effort" as stated by the ever-humble Manager Doug "Lambo" Ford. Ford simply put on a clinic at short stopping any rally posed by the Beards. It was so impressive, that 3rd baseman Dave George and Rover Roy Kitching confronted Manager "Lambo" asking if it was alright that they might join in the game as Ford covered everything from second to third flawlessly. Ford's only response was "What can I say ....Red Bull gave me wings".
And then there were the hitters: Big Jym Grimshaw was a perfect 4 for 4, Eddy Schnurr 3 for 4, Dave George 3 for 4 and Bill “I get no respect" Langdon 3 for 4.
For the Grey Beards, Parisani and Don Evans had multi-hit performances.
Game Two was practically a carbon copy (is there any such thing any more?) to Game One as the Red-hot Faces laid a whoopin' on the Grey-guys who were a little shell-shocked from Game One.
The Greys won the first inning on a Bob Edmondson RBI cashing Laird Flowers. But then the team went into a deep offensive slump. The management team of Dave Adams and Rick Wilcox, filling in for skipper Johnston who is in Spain, finally resorted to extreme measures with Wilcox attempting to dismantle the screen with his bat.
John Koopman's fan club arrived mid-game, complete with GO GREY BEARD signs and lots of cheering, which seemed to inject some bursts of enthusiasm. Clearly motivated by the fan interest, Don Evans performed a full leaping grab at second then calmly doubled off a sheepish Red at first. This, in turn, finally ignited the Grey bats to put up four in the sixth with Joe Parisani and Steve Moses providing 2 RBIs each. Dave Adams was cashed in by a Mike Albert double in a late rally in the seventh.
But, once again Ford was the Reds determined leader going 3 for 4 and continuing to shine at short, even after ringing' his bell on a great diving play. The game also featured great defense in the outfield with Tom Hunter, Frank Accomando, Bob Rose and Bill Langdon each making "rally-killing" outs.
At bat, Jym Grimshaw finished the Game with a 4 for 4 performance for perfect 8 for 8 for the day (and no squibbers). Tom Hunter hit 3 for 4 as did Frank Accomando, Ed Schnurr, Roy Kitching and Bob Rose.
GOLDEN YEARS BREAK OUT OF FRUMP
Fraczkowski Flashes Leather in Left
GAME ONE: GOLDEN YEARS 15 ── GREEN GIMPS 13
GAME TWO: GOLDEN YEARS 13── GREEN GIMPS 7
The Goldies took two from the Gimpers on Thursday thanks to a better defence than they showed in previous games and a lively offence with everybody in the order collecting a least a hit.
One side note was Gold’s Manager Goulden was questioning the term of "illustrious" used to describe his contribution in the last game report. This was duly noted by the game reporter who vowed to cut back on the superlatives lest he be accused of “Fake News”.
While Goulden wasn't very happy with his hitting in the first game, he did manage to collect 4 ribbies in a 2 for 3 game. Rookie Allan Lee displayed some rather unusual defense while being credited with a couple of assists at third base with Paul Bagnarol completing the plays and also providing some comic relief while making a couple of outs at third while virtually "rolling" to the base.
Golds’Greg Hughes led the way at the plate going 4 for 4 with a couple of ribbies with Jim Fenner, Brock Paterson and Brian Sheridan each collecting 3 hits with the latter doing his usual standout job on the mound.
Although they mounted an impressive 5 run comeback in the bottom of the last inning the Green Gimps came up just short of tying the game. George Merrick went 3 for 3.
The second game ended in a 13-7 decision for the Goldies with Neil Donaldson collecting 3 RBI's while batting 3 for 3. Allan Lee was also perfect at 3 for 3. Defensively, Steve Fraczkowski was the standout with some good catches in the field and making a couple of outfield assists, even though one of those rolled the last 20 feet to Hughes who made the tag at second. Fraczkowski also cut off a couple of well hit balls that would have otherwise gone for extra bases. A strong offensive display by the Goldies with Fraczkowski, Hughes, Bagnarol, Sheridan, Told and Auld each collecting 2 hits ensured the solid victory. Spare Rick Friesen made a strong contribution, displaying some sound baseball experience.
The Green guys just could not generate much offence although Crooner Cubby Hubert went 2 for 2.
The coveted "Glory Hog" was awarded by Bags, last week’s winner, to Steve Fraczkowski and deservedly so, for a sound performance in both games.
BLUE PILLS TAKE SOLE POSSESION ON FIRST
Hard Luck White Hairs Continue to Make It Close
GAME ONE: BLUE PILLS 14 ── WHITE HAIRS 13
GAME TWO: BLUE PILLS 13 ── WHITE HAIRS 10
The Blue Pills and White Hairs enjoyed playing the first games where weather did not play a factor. Although the Pills won both games, each was well played and hard fought, with the outcomes not determined until the last inning.
In Game One the Pills led the game until the White Hairs tied it at 10 - 10 after 6 innings. But the hot Blue boys scored 4 runs in the top of the 7th and then held off a White Hairs comeback attempt by recording the final out with the tying run on second base.
For the White Hairs, Rod McLeod, Paul Hunter, Doug McArthur and Don Moseley-Williams were all 3 for 4. Of note (and give credit to all who committed to timeliness), this was a full 7 inning game with 27 runs scored, no count on the batter which was completed in 1 hour and 15 minutes.
In the nightcap, the Blue Pills scored 4 runs in the 6th inning to take a 13- 8 lead and then only allowed two White Hairs runs in the top of the 7th for the victory.
The winners were led by the stellar hitting of Ray Grisold and Mike Way, who each were a perfect 7 for 7 on the day, as well as reliable lead-off hitter Andy McMackin, who went 6 for 7. McMacKin just missed having a perfect day when he was robbed by a fine outfield play to prevent. It was also good to see Terry Stroud see his first action of the season, going 5 for 6 with each hit being a solid line drive.
For the “close but no cigar” White Hairs, Paul Hunter and Gregg Macauley were both 4 for 4.
ROYALS BOTTLE WINE
Royals Hit a Ton and Sweep
GAME ONE: RUSTY ROYALS 24 ── FINE WINES 8
GAME TWO: RUSTY ROYALS 8 ── FINE WINES 7
This week the Wine Squad came to the games with intentions of avenging the two game sweep that the Royals had dealt them in the season opener. What they didn’t realize was that the Rusted Royals were coming off a four game losing streak and anxious to end it. When it was all over it had turned into a season sweep after the Rusties put two more games in the win column.
The troubles for the home team Wines came right in the opening inning when some shoddy defence lead to a five spot for the royals. It went down hill from there as the Royals went 5-4-5-5 in the subsequent innings. The experimental curfew rules were in effect but an old fashioned Mercy ensured the first game ended on time. 24 to 8 was the final after 5.
The Royals bats cooled off considerably in the second game and the Wines defence was slightly better. After exchanging the lead a few times, the Wines found themselves up by one run at the start of the final frame. After the usual banter about scoring a few extra runs (Ron Berry chimed in with " A little insurance never hurts ") the top of the vaunted purple crew went poof poof poof. The lead stayed at one.
Although it looked like a good thing at the time, the bottom of the Royals batting order was first to the plate. But John Finley and Awadh Jaggernath each stroked strong singles and a come from behind rally was on. First the tying run and then Shane Noseworthy knocked in the winning run. The Royals were exuberant as they not only ended a four game losing streak, but also thwarted Manager Crocker’s threat to take an early flight back from England.
Howard Mott lead the charge for the Wines going 5 for 5 for the day. Dave Little and Bill Johnson reached base 4 of 5 attempts. Hard Luck Ron Berry took both losses although he escaped unscathed this week. Manager Wheeler went in to mop up the end of the Mercy game not wanting Ron's ERA to go over 40.
In the Press conference afterwards, losing Manager Wheeler said he thought the team might be in trouble at the break between the two games. Initially he was heartened as he thought two of his fielders were discussing strategy to improve their game. But leaning in to hear their words of wisdom, he heard one asked the other " Were those Fish Tacos you had for lunch last week? They looked Good !! "
Oh boy !!
The Royals had their best offensive show of the early season with 34 hits over 5 innings in Game One. Things slowed down considerably in Game Two although Noseworthy, Yaschyshyn, Weber and Neilson stayed hot with the bats.
JUNE 01, 2017
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GREYS RUN UNDEFEATED STREAK TO FOUR
Homer fest as MacIntosh, Carson, and Bagnarol All Crush the Ball
Game One: Grey Beards 12 – Golden Years 12
Game Two: Grey Beards 12 – Golden Years 10
The Grey Beards extended their undefeated streak to four games Thursday with a tie and a win over a tough Gold squad.
Game One saw the home team Greys off a to a good start with bases loaded and one out before Manager Johnston lined a hot shot to Golds’ short stop Bagnarol who made a great catch and doubled off the runner at second. However, the Greys would not be denied in the second inning as they mercied the Golds with five runs with key hits by Laird Flowers, Steve Moses, rookie John Koopman, Dave Adams, and a two RBI double by Mike Albert.
The top of the order led by Joe Parisani added three more runs in the third to take an 8-0 lead. The Golds kicked the ball around too much in the first half of the game but fought back, ridded themselves of the fumbleitis and put up three runs in the fourth inning and five in the fifth inning.
In the sixth inning Beardies' Ross MacIntosh slashed a sharp hit to the fence and motored around the bases for an in-the-park home run also scoring Art Knight to take the lead. But the Golden boys bounced back in the 7th tying the game and held the Greys scoreless in the bottom of the inning to preserve the sister kisser.
Golds’ longstanding buds Baskett and Bagnarol relived old times with 3 hits each. Manager Goulden, the illustrious manager, had his bat came alive hitting the ball hard and collecting a couple of ribbies. Baskett and Hando Told also had 2 RBI's. The others with 2 hits were Mike Horner, Allan Lee, Bob George, Doug Auld, Greg Hughes and Neil Donaldson although there may have been a bit of generous scoring, but what the heck, these are just a bunch of old guys. The wind was gusting and Sheridan did his usual stellar job of finding the plate, it was tough going for the pitchers. A combination of Goulden and Auld at first base had to put up with some errant throws caused by the wind, at least that's the story the rest of the infield is sticking with.
For the Beardies, Laird Flowers and Joe Parisani were a perfect three for three at the plate and Greys’ veteran pitcher Art Knight was his usual spectacular self.
Game Two saw the Greys put up another five run lead in the first inning highlighted by doubles from Ian Carson, Parisani, and Flowers. But the Golds kept pace to make it 5-4 after the second inning. The Greys added three runs in the third inning with a two out rally led by a home run from Carson and a triple from Johnston. Not to be denied, in the fourth, the Golds’ Paul Bagnarol went DEEP in left field which would have been well out with or without the wind leading the way for a five run inning to take a 9-8 lead.
But this time the Greys got back on track back in the sixth inning with three runs and held on to win a close 12-10 game.
Parisani, Carson, and Flowers were all a perfect three for three leading the Beards’ offence. On the other side of the diamond, Manager Goulden kept bangin’ the ball and along with Neil Donaldson colleced 3 ribbies. Bagnarol with his also customary stellar defense in both games was awarded the famous "GLORY HOG" award by Allan Lee, last week’s winner.
BLUE PILLS TAKE TWO FROM VERY RUSTY ROYALS
Way Whacks Two over the Fence
Too Little – Too Late for the Rusty Ones
Game One: Blue Pills 11 – Rusty Royals 10
Game Two: Blue Pills 18 – Rusty Royals 16
Both teams seemed a little rusty after the two-week lay-off producing only 4 runs each through six innings. But, it was a completely different story in the top of the 7th when the Pills exploded for 7 runs for a commanding 11 to 4 lead. The Royals then suddenly awakened, broke out of their shell and scored 6 times aided and abetted by some sloppy Pills’ defence before the Pills finally stopped the bleeding and recorded the final out. Tom Gorman was a perfect 3 for 3 for the victorious Pills.
In Game Two, both teams picked up where they left off in the last inning of the 1st game. The Pills scored 5 times and grabbed a 5 - 4 lead after One. The Pills’ strong hitting continued for the next 5 innings and took a 18 - 14 lead into the 7th. The Royals pushed across 2 more runs in the top of the 7th and had the tying runs on base when Pills’ Mike Way saved the day with a diving catch on a screaming line drive hit into shallow right field.
The Pills, who stroked 26 hits, were led by Bruce Locke, Mike Way and Bert Therrien who were each 3 for 3.
Leading the Rusty Royals were Tom Sawa, 4 for 4 in Game One and John Finley who made a couple of highlight reel catches in Right Field. Bob Neilson and Larry Weber were each 4 for 4 in Game Two and Don Yaschyshyn had 3 hits in 4 at bats, knocking in 5.
The Blue Pills (early season Vegas favourites) are now back in running for first place; but after an exciting 2 & 0 start to the season, the Royals are now 2 & 4. Five regulars were missing on Thursday for a variety of reasons, some of which are most understandable.
Meanwhile an anxious Manager Max Crocker, touring in England, has begun scouting for new players from some Rounders and Cricket games. It has been a tough go so far but with his frequent breaks from the scouting, he’s holding up well.
WINES ICE GIMPS IN GAME ONE BUT SOUR IN GAME TWO
Baxter’s Bat Booming for Fine Wines
Manderson & Houston Ensure Gimps Split
Game One: Fine Wines 16 – Green Gimps 7
Game Two: Green Gimps 21 – Fine Wines 13
The wind was blowing out to centre field on this blustery day as the battle began. The Wines took advantage of that and put on a display of power hitting that had not been seen from them so far this year. Driving ball after ball to and over the fence they scored five in the first and third innings to take a 11 to 3 lead at that point.
The very game Gimps steadily cut in to the lead but it was too much as the final was 16 to 7.
Jim Baxter led the Wines going 3 for 3 with a towering blast that cleared the fence for his first dinger of the season. Jim Banyard, Bob Oliver, Larry Adler and Phil Dechene were all also 3 for 3.
In spite of the loss, the Gimpers’ Dave Robertson, Peter Bowers and Jim Embrey each managed to go 3 for 3 at the plate.
The second game started out much the same. After giving up two runs to the Greens in the top of the first, the Wines pounded out five in the bottom of the frame. The highlight was Babe Baxter sending another bomb into the school yard for his second of the campaign.
But alas, the happy days ended for the Purple squad after that as the Greens came alive with some power of their own and scored 19 more over the remaining innings to take the game 21 to 13. Some great defensive plays were made by John Manderson, Peter Bowers and Rick Jenkins. Offensive highlights included John Manderson hitting an inside the park 4 bagger and Trevor Houston going 4 for 4.
For the Wines Bill Johnson (playing his first games of the season) shook off the European vacation rust with 3 hits. Bob Oliver added 3 more for a perfect 6 for 6 day and Howard Mott was 3 for 3 to cap a 5 for 6 day.
There was some controversy in the later innings. Jack Pang was unavailable for the game so Ron Berry had been pressed into action for both ends of the double header. As the Gimp onslaught continued Ron turned to Manager Wheeler for some pitching relief. "Finish the inning " was the reply. After the next pitch yielded another hit, a second request was sent. But the reply was the same. This time the next pitch from Berry was driven back at him striking him in the knee causing some considerable pain and an exit from the game. At that point Wheeler came in but did not fare much better. After the game Berry was seen consulting with his third baseman Howard Mott who has some labour law experience. There was talk of unsafe working conditions and the like.
When asked about the situation Wheeler replied " He signed the waiver. He should speak with his Insurance Broker ". With Pang still MIA next week, there could be rough sailing ahead for the Wines.
White Hairs Taste First Win of Season
Red’s Dave George Red Hot at Bat & at Hot Corner
Game One: White Hairs 17 – Red Faces 12
Game Two: Red Faces 5 – White Hairs 4
Follow the bouncing ball. Please!!! Despite a lengthy meeting before the game where Manager Ford pled with his charges to stop the other team from scoring Reds saw the last place White Hairs max out five runs in the first. But the Red Faces came back swinging putting up their own 5 spot in the bottom of the first matching the hairy guys.
In a high scoring game, the White Hairs secured their first win of the OMMSPL season win by scoring 4 runs in the 6th to secure it.
Rod McLeod, Mike McFadden, Rick Bradley, Doug McArthur and Don Moseley - Williams each had 3 hits. The strong wind made it a challenge for winning pitcher Bradley
Game star for the Red Faces was Dave (Boggs)George at 3rd. snaring everything hit his way and going 3 for 3. Also contributing were Frank Accomando (back from assignment) who went 3 for 3 as did Steady Eddy Schnurr and Ev Lucenti.
It obviously took a game for the Reds to do an about-face and comprehend what Manager Ford had meant about not letting the team on the other side of the diamond score as the Reds tightened up the" D " big time in Game Two, allowing the rejuvenated hard-hitting Hairy guys only two in the 1st and two in the 5th to seal the deal behind an outstanding pitching performance by Jim Craig.
The 7th looked pretty scary as the meat of the Hairs order was coming up; but great catches by Eddy Schnurr, John Aikman and a hot liner that had double written all over snagged by Big Jimmy Grimshaw at first snuffed out the White Hairs come-back bid.
For the victorious Reds, Dave George was 2 for 2 and again hot at the hot corner. Commander Tom Hunter was 3 for 3 and was perfect in left field (not seeing a ball all day) LOL
While the White Hairs’bats were relatively quiet, Paul Hunter and Don Brown were each two for three.. Brown blasted a drive to left that was held in the park by the wind. Dave Zywine pitched well; snared a hot line drive but absorbed the loss due to little run support. Roman Kryzaniwsky made several good catches in the outfield.
MAY 18, 2017
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BEARDS TURN 1000 PILLS INTO 500
Moses Leads Greys from 0-1-1 to 2-1-1
Knight Conquers the Elements to Notch 2 W’s
Game One: Grey Beards 23 – Blue Pills 15
Game Two: Grey Beards 9 – Blue Pills 8
The Blue Pills, coming off last week’s two-win performance, were certainly up for these games, but it was the winless (and pill-less) Grey Beards who were able to rise to the occasion on this sunny morning.
GAME 1 – Grey Beards scored four runs in the top of the first and gradually pulled away, scoring runs in 6 of the 7 innings. Going 4 for 4 at the plate were Don (not Dale) Evans, Lloyd (not The Rock) Johnston and Joe (Not too Shabby) Parisani. Steve Moses parted the outfield with his hitting and notched seven (7) RBI. Ian Carson and Parisani knocked home 3 runners each.
Defensively The Beards let their leather do the talking. Dave Adams made a surprising shoestring catch in left field while Ian Carson showed his versatility and flexibility in corralling a liner at first and later, while playing second base, leaping at least two, maybe even three inches straight up to snag a ball which had Right Field written all over it. Carson then calmly flipped the ball to first to double up the Blue Pills runner who had prematurely evacuated the bag (Hey, it’s happened to all of us!) The Beards scored nary a run in the 7th but held on for a 23-15 win.
With a performance not indicative by the score, the Blue Pills collected 25 hits for a 556 average. Mike Way who scored 4 times & Ray Grisold who had 4 RBI's were perfect at the plate. Tom Gorman also scored 4 runs & made two beautiful defensive plays.
GAME 2 – Game 2 was shortened to a 6 inning contest due to time constraints. Neither side hit very effectively in this low-scoring contest. After scoring 5 runs in the first inning and following it up with 3 more in the second, The Beards' Bats became somewhat frigid on this sweltering hot, humid and blustery day. Meanwhile, the Blue Pills fought back in the middle innings grabbing 9 - 8 after 4 innings. Pills’Mike Way hit a 2-run homer over the fence & Jim Moriarty hit a 2-run "inside the park" dinger. Bruce Locke went 3 for 3 giving him 6 hits for the day.
Unfortunately, these hitting heroics were not enough. Trailing by a run the Beards retrieved their bats from cold storage. Super Septuagenarian Art Knight, who had pitched all 13 innings, led off the bottom of the 6th with a shot down third that was just a little too hot to handle. Adams followed with an unanticipated poke to right. RBI King for the Day Steve Moses strolled to the plate and calmly smashed a line shot to deep right centre field scoring both Knight's pinch runner from second and the speedy Adams from first for the walk off 9-8win.
For the Beards, Deuces were Wild for Laird "She Don't Send Me" Flowers as he had 2 hits, 2 RBI, and scored 2 runs. Carson and Adams also had a pair of hits.
The crestfallen Blue Pills limped back to Fionn's to drown their sorrows while the now proud Beards strode proudly back to the bar with their heads held high.
TORRID DUST BOWL RESULTS IN TIE AND WIN FOR GOLDS
White Hairs Bats Remain Cold
Horner Hurries Around the Bases ─ For Naught!
Game One: Golden Years 8 – White Hairs 8
Game Two: Golden Years 5 – White Hairs 1
The Golden Oldies and those White hairy guys got together for a literal "dust up" at Glenashton East. The temperature was about 20°warmer than the games last week but the wind was blowing just as hard making the infield a bit of a dust bowl and the outfield an adventure.
The first game ended in a sister kisser when the Whities clawed their way back in the last two innings on some dribblers and bloopers to tie the game. For the Golden Ones, the top of the order, anchored by Paul ‘Bags’ Bagnarol at 3 for 3, did most of the damage. But the highlight of the game had to be the dazzling dash all around the bases by Mike Horner while pinch running from the screen. Rather than high fives, he was met with uncontrolled laughter in the dug out as his team mates reminded him of the new rule requiring him to stop at 1st base. Gotta love the enthusiasm though.
White Hairs Dave Zywine made several fine catches in left field and Roman Kryzaniwski backhanded a sinking liner in Right Centre to record the 3rd out of the inning and save a couple of runs from scoring. Rick Bradley and Don Moseley-Williams were both 2 for 3. Despite the adverse conditions, Gregg Macauley pitched well and had 2 RBI's.
Goulden’s Goldies prevailed in the second game again on the bats of Bags, Brian Sheridan and HandoTold (some aging remnants of the old MMSPL- ESM team). The game was shortened by a girls’ team who apparently had a permit for the diamond for 12 o'clock although later they realized they had the wrong diamond. And they think seniors have memory issues!
Gold’s Sheridan, backed by a solid defence, held the White Hairs to just 8 hits and 1 run. Rick Bradley, his counterpart on the White Hairs, pitched well but suffered the loss due to the very silent White Hairs’ bats. Attempting to gain some respectability for the White Hairs were Dave Zywine (2 for 2) while Laurence Drew and Paul Hunter each had 2 hits in 3 at bats.
WINES TIE & WIN AND REDS’ RED-FACED
Wines’ Wingrove a Perfect 6 for 6 on the Day
Banyard Leads the “D”
Game One: Fine Wines 16 – Red Faces 16
Game Two: Fine Wines 14 – Red Faces 2
The Wines and Reds faced off in a grudge match between the two ‘Doug’ Managers who have done a lot of trash talking in the week leading up to the battle.
In the first frame the Reds took an early lead but could not shake the pesky Wines.
After six it was Rouge by two. But the Wines bashed in 4 big runs in the top of 7 to take the lead.
The lead didn't last long though as a bloop single from Reds’ Manager Doug Ford took a bad hop and went under a Wines fielder’s glove, rolling to the fence. Ford circled the bases with the greatest of ease chasing home another runner and it was tied. 16 to 16.
After some good pitching from Wines’ hurler Jack Pang and several strategic moves the winning run was left on third and the sister kisser was recorded.
Phil Dechene and Doug Wingrove anchored the middle of the Wines’ order reaching base 4 times each as Larry Adler was a perfect 3 for 3.
There were no shinning stars in the Reds’ dugout. Kitching was 3 for 3 and a walk but that was erased as he appeared to be gloveless in the outfield. He did however score a 6.5 by the Russian judge on a dive that was very theatrical. Ford suggested that he should consider looking to replace his beloved "T" ball glove. Jym Grimshaw very graciously started a collection at the pub.
Game Two was a different story as the Faces could only muster two runs against the impervious Purple defence.
The Wines banged out 2 five run maximums and four more in the bottom of the fifth to send the Faces to the showers with a Mercy. Final: 14 to 2 for the Wines.
Bob "Hammer" Oliver led the charge going 3 for 3. Arne Kartna and Doug Wingrove were 2 for 2. This gave Wingrove a perfect 6 for 6 for the day.
But the “Wine of the Day” award was given to Jim " The Surgeon " Banyard who played Rover, Short and Third to perfection on defence. His batting prowess is well known through out the league and he showed some pin point hitting as well. The highlight was his look right... hit left swing. It worked to perfection as Ford at short took the bait and cheated up the middle only to see the ball cruise through where he had been seconds before.
Fortunately, none of the Faces noticed The Surgeon's Bautista like Bat Flip as he scampered to first muttering something about the Tiger Cat Way.
The weather was hot but the Faces were not and someone was heard muttering: “The best players were the three that couldn't play today”.
The Good: Got to the pub early
The Bad: Had to endure the mercy
The Ugly: Any play that had to be made.
A Lingering Rumour: “Manager Ford felt sorry for the Winers and thought they should "donate" a game to the winless Wines”.
GREEN GIMPS SURPRISE RUSTY ROYALS
Royals Rusty but Greens anything but Gimpy
Wilkinson a Standout on the Mound
Game One: Green Gimps 10 – Rusty Royals 9
Game Two: Green Gimps 13 – Rusty Royals 8
Max Crocker’s Rusty Royals bounced into the warm and windy Glenashton Westvdiamond with a perfect 2 & 0 record. As the Visitors, they were riding high and started where they left off the week before, scoring a maximum five runs and looked to be continuing their dominant ways. Michael Kitchen’s Green Gimps, with a 1 & 1 record, started slowly after being shut out for the first two innings; but they fought back for a dramatic 10 - 9 come from behind win.
Not troubled by the gusty conditions, nor inhibited by the “expletive deleted” pitching screen on the other diamon, Pitcher Rick Wilkinson took control on the mound and restricted most of the Royals to pop flies and grounders. The Royals began to run themselves out of the game with some base running gaffes in a couple of critical situations while the Gimps seemed to consistently come through when they needed to.
A rejuvenated Barny Henderson (on the DL last season) and rookie Muskokan Graham Orr led the comeback with 3 for 3 performances. Dave Cubby Hubert, Barry Goldman, Peter Bowers and Wilkinson went 2 for 3 at the plate. Orr and Hubert added 2 RBI’s each.
Royals just could not get going after the first inning, despite the 3 for 3 efforts of John Finley, Don Yaschyshyn and Manager Crocker.
In Game Two, the Greens continued with their hot hitting with 3 runs in the first, thanks to a 3 run inside the park home run by Manager Michael Kitchen. Wilkinson continued with his complaining about the Pitching Screen on the other Glenashton diamond but also pitched another great game. Still glowing about his World Series champions Chicago, Cubby Hubert went 3 for 3 and Kitchen went 2 for 2 with a walk to lead the Gimps at the plate and a 13-8 win.
Wilkinson’s pitching was supplemented with solid all around defence from the infield while John Manderson, Rick Jenkins, Jim Embrey and Barny Henderson made some great catches in the out field to stop the Royals rallies.
The Royals lead-off hitter Tom Sawa tried to revive the drowsy team with three hits in his three at bats; but very little else seemed to get through the stingy Green Defence.
Manager Crocker has promised to go back the drawing board before meeting the high flying Grey Beards next week.
Both teams appreciated the volunteer umpiring from OMMSPL alumni Glenn Marshall and Royals’ Shane Noseworthy, currently on the DL
MAY 11, 2017
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RED FACES START WITH A WIN AND A DRAW
Ford guns down winner at the plate to preserve tie
Beards vow to down Pills next week
GAME ONE: RED FACES 06 – GREY BEARDS 04
GAME TWO: RED FACES 17 – GREY BEARDS 17
The Greys hacked through the first double header of the season with a low scoring loss (6 - 4) and a high- scoring sister kisser (17 - 17). Reds escaped with 3 points on the day.
In Game One, after a cold start for both teams, the Red Faces jumped into 2-0 lead into the 3rd. The Grey Beard's bats awoke in the 4th inning when Joe Parisani (Welcome back Joe!) clanged a double off the left field fence. Greys then took a 4-2 lead by the 6th.
With the bases juiced in the 7th inning, Red Faces’ Roy Kitching delivered a 3 run double for a comeback win. Solid defence in 7th preserved the “W” for the Reds.
For the Red’s Tom "Teriffic" Hunter went 3 for 3.
For the Greys, Parisani and Ian Carson each scored twice and Carson, Lloyd Johnson and Rick Wilcox each had two-hit games.
In Game Two, it was almost if there were two different teams from Game One as a slugfest ensued.
The Red Faces jumped into 4-0 lead; but the Beardies responded with three of their own and the battle was on.
The Red Faces bounced back scoring 5 on 3 walks including an intentional one to "load ‘em up". But the Grey Beards still held a slim one -run lead after six complete.
In the top of 7th inning the Red Faces scored two; but the Beardies responded with one in the bottom half. With the Beardies threatening a walk off win, Reds’ Manager Ford gunned down the winning run at the plate and then rookie 2nd baseman John Vinnai made a diving catch to end the game.
Leading the Red Machine were Bob Rose with a perfect 4 for 4 and Dave George 3 for 3; while Tom Hunter, Roy Kitching, Ford and Ed Schnurr each batted 3 for 4.
The Greys’ runs were scored all up and down the order with 4-hit games from Ross Macintosh, Steve Moses and that guy again - Joe Parisani. Lloyd Johnson and Ian Carson scored half of the runs while Carson and Don Evans (he’s back too!) knocked in 4 and 3 respectively. Grey Beards’ hats are off to Grey’s Art Knight who worked hard against a nasty wind for 11 innings. Mike Albert stepped up and pitched 3 innings of relief in the same horrible conditions.
Laird Flowers was tested at first with all kinds of wind-related throws in the dirt. C'mon infield just 4 seamers!
Rae Little was solid at 2nd and knocked in 2 runs and scored as well.Both benches had the best seats in the house for opening day of Joe Parisani's Comeback Tour. He lit it up at the plate and in the field.
Steve Moses held down the hot corner and batted for a high average, a couple of runs and an RBI.
While disappointed with only one point for their efforts on a very chilly day, the Beardies, after recovering at Fionn MacCool’s. were overheard declaring: “Let's make mince meat of the Blue Pills on Thursday at Millbank.”
BLUE PILLS STICK IT TO WHITE HAIRS
Blue Pills take two on windy day at Millbank
Ridley ignores the wind in pitching two W’s
GAME ONE: BLUE PILLS 20 – WHITE HAIRS 14
GAME TWO: BLUE PILLS 11 – WHITE HAIRS 08
At a very cold and windy Millbank Park, veteran Pitcher Hal Ridley was up for the game, ignored the adverse conditions and pitched two fine games for the Pills to start the season 2 and 0.
In Game One the White Hairs actually scored four times in the top half of the 1st inning; however, the Pills answered emphatically with a 5-spot in their half of the 1st frame. Overall, the Blue Pills pounded out 27 hits on route to an impressive 20 to 14 victory. Five Pills players were perfect at the plate - Mike Way, Bruce Locke, Greg Aubert, Rick Martin and Andy McMackin; while Way and Tom Gorman led the way defensively making several impressive catches.
Five White Hair players were 3 for 4: Rod McLeod, Ron Linklater, Don Brown and rookies Gregg Macauley and Jim Barton. Mike McFadden and Macauley each had 3 RBI's. Unfortunately, the Whites left 12 runners on base spoiling Macauley's solid pitching debut.
Game Two began with the high riding Pills being held scoreless in the 1st inning and the White Hairs seized the moment and piled up 5 runs in the bottom half of the 1st inning.
After a scoreless 2nd inning, the Blue Pills exploded for 5 runs of their own to tie the game. The White Hairs then answered back with 2 in the bottom half to regain the lead. The Pills then went to work, scoring 2 in the 4th, 3 in the 5th and 1 in the 7th to seal an 11-8 victory. The cold weather seemed to impact the Whites as they could only produce one run after the 4th inning when the score was tied 7-7.
Once again Pills’ Pitcher Ridley kept the Hairy guys off balance. Leading the assault for the Pills were Ray Grisold and Manager Greg Aubert who both went 3 for 3. The strong wind played havoc with the flight of the ball making routine plays difficult or impossible; but once again there were several impressive defensive plays by both teams including a stellar game-ending catch in right field by Al Stokes of the Blue Pills.
White Hairs’ Pitcher Dave Zywine made the defensive play of the game for them snaring a line drive and doubling off the runner on 1st. Other defensive gems were made by John Trigiani on a swirling pop fly at 2nd base, Jim Barton making a running catch on a line drive. Macauley and Zywine were each 3 for 3 while Paul Hunter was 2 for 2 plus a SAC fly and 3 RBI's. McFadden was 2 .for 2. Five White Hairs were 3 for 4. Rod Mcleod, Gregg Macauley, Ron Linklater, Don Brown and Jim Barton. Mike McFadden and Macauley each had 3 RBI's. The W/H's left 12 runners on base spoiling Macauley's solid pitching.
GREEN GIMPS AND GOLDEN YEARS COMPLETE THE OPENER WITH SEMI-SATISFACTORY RESULTS
John Manderson Leads Gimps with Hot Bat
Brock Paterson Golden with 8 for 8 on the Day
GAME ONE: GREEN GIMPS 16 – GOLDEN YEARS 12
GAME TWO: GOLDEN YEARS 16 – GREEN GIMPS 10
The weather at the ball diamonds for the initial games of the season was colder than most of the married guys’ bedrooms. Despite the unending whining (not wining unfortunately) the Gimpers and Goldies completed the double header with the first sister kisser of the season. The Greenies prevailed in the first game16-12 while the Golden boys turned the tables in the second by a score of 16-10.
Strong hitting was the order of the day in Game One for the Gimpers as everyone in the line up had at least one hit. Led by John Manderson 3 for 3, Rick Jenkins, Ty Crawford, Michael Kitchen, Rick Wilkinson, and Jim Embrey went 3 for 4.
Hitting was strong again as the Gimps bats stayed hot, but the Golden Oldies out scored the Gimps 16 to 10.
A promising Green fifth inning rally was snubbed out by a sweet diving grab of a sure ground ball single up the middle by Paul Bagnarol of the Goldens. The Gimps again tried a 7th inning rally only to fall short for the loss.
Brock Paterson of the Golds won the first Glory Hog award of the season by going a tidy 8 for 8 at the plate and then passing the drug test out near the pine trees. The always reliable “Bags” Bagnarol showed his chops as well by nailing a normal 8 hits and 8 ribbies for day including a couple of triples.
Gimps’George Merrick and Michael Kitchen went 3 for 4 at the plate.
Golden Pitcher Brian Sheridan battled the wind admirably for 12 innings and recorded 4 K’s. Also chipping in were Hornby, Hughes and Goulden with 5 hits apiece.
Gold’s rookie Allan Lee impressed in his OMMSPL debut with 5 hard hit line drive singles but forgot about pub attendance afterwards (probably eliciting a big fine or a plate of wings for that miscue) and the “youngster” Mike Horner merits a salute for making it through the day without pulling any muscles. He was obviously acutely aware that there were no 82-year-olds to pinch run for him as happened in his debut last year.
Hitting for both teams was admirable in the frost but it took its toll on the defensive end as it often appeared they were catching and throwing snow balls.
Special thanks from Goulden’s guys to Doug Auld, who (after being overheard secretly mentioning his desire to get a new car) offered to be the regular banker for the Barley Bill at Fionn’s.
ROYALS HOT ON COLD DAY
Yaschyshyn has perfect day at the bat
Finley’s first slide of the season a highlight
GAME ONE: RUSTY ROYALS 15 – FINE WINES 11
GAME TWO: RUSTY ROYALS 17 – FINE WINES 09
In the first inning of the first game of the season, the Wines zeroed out but had a valid excuse. At precisely 9:45 a.m., Royals’ nine year veteran Awadh Jaggernath ambled into the diamond to enquire why the game had started before 10:00 a.m. causing some head scratching and hilarity on both benches. But in the bottom half of the inning, the Royals (and Jaggernath) quickly recovered with seven of their first eight batters stroking singles to gain a quick 5-0 over the “iced” Wines. The Wines, however, regrouped and came back with their own five in the third inning and only one run separated the teams at the end of five innings.
In the top of the 6th with two more runs, the Wines took the lead; but the Royals, with some temporary rust apparently removed, pounded out another fiver in the bottom of the sixth and then held off the Wines in the 7th for the win.
Bob Neilson, after tanning and tuning up in the Florida leagues, led the way for the Rusty guys with a 4 for 4 performance including a triple. Don Yaschysyn was a perfect 3 for 3, with 3 RBI’s; while newcomer Tony Foscarin stayed with him with a 3 for 3 game. Foscarin also snared anything hit near 3rd base despite listening to a team mate constantly calling him “Sal”. Manager Crocker is considering providing large font name tags until the team’s Rover learns all the names.
In Game Two, the Wines led 3-1 after two; but the Royals bounced back with five in the 3rd, five in the 5th and five in the 6th to take the game 17 - 9.
Yaschyshyn completed a perfect day with a 3 for 3 performance including a triple and a double. Rookie Chris Zelkovich matched Yaschyshyn with identical stats; while Al King and rookie Paul Ritchie were also 3 for 3. Bob Neilson continued his hot hitting with 4 RBI’s and Harvey Hewgill hit a huge run scoring drive to the opposite field even surprising himself.
Royals’ John Finley tried to inject some excitement into the game when after rounding 2nd he executed a face first slide towards third with 57.5 feet to go. Surprisingly, he was none the worse for wear when he returned to the dugout. His team mates had expected him to look like a rejected United Airlines passenger.
Defensively on the day, behind the pitching of Hewgill and Neilson, the Royals’ infield did most of the work; although Manager Crocker, who filled in for Steve Vitella (on the DL) at first base, had a busy day stretching in all directions, fielding throws short, high or wide of the bag. Crocker twisted every which way claiming he had not moved that much since he used to dance “The Hokey Pokey”. Apparently there was a time when Crocker was obsessed with the then popular dance until he “turned himself around”.