June 7, 2013
GOLDEN YEARS UPSET RED FACES
Charges Fly Over Tampered Bats
Game One: Red Faces 14 ……………………..Golden Years 11
Game Two: Golden Years 25 ……………….Red Faces 14
It was shoulder to shoulder on a cold and windy morning at Glenashton East as an enormous crowd of fans huddled together in the stands awaiting this contest between the OMMSPL leaders versus the 7th place team. The cold was no deterrent however and the fans were not to be disappointed.
Both teams came out slugging with Red Faces winning the first game 14-11 against a surprising Golden Years. The Golden Oldies actually had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the 7th, but the Red Faces held on for a closer than expected victory.
For Golds, Bob Rose started off his almost perfect 6 – 6 day (barely marred by a Sac. Fly), and Laurence Drew veritably flew around the basis with 2 triples. Les deux Dougs (McArthur and Briscoe) successfully fought the wind to make many sterling catches.
After a break between games, which itself caused considerable controversy (more to come on this later), Golden Guys stormed back in the second game, starting with a 5 – 0 lead after one inning. They then increased the lead to 12-0, only to find their margin severely abated to 14 -11 entering the 7th inning. Suddenly they put on a hitting display that may never have been witnessed in the OMMSPL, finding every hole in the field and scoring 11 more runs to whip the first place team 25 -14 by game end.
For the Reds, Max Crocker and Bill Maver were the big hitters, making a difference every time they went up to the plate. Fielding, which has been the mainstay of the Reds, took a day off, falling victim to the “slings and arrows” of outrageous winds.
Notwithstanding the barrage in the last inning, the play of the game came in the 5-run 4th inning. With two runs scored and 2 out and the bases loaded, Gold’s Doug McArthur hit what he claimed was a grand Slam homer, almost passing speedy Drew in a futile attempt to score the 6th run of the inning. Hitting stars were Dave Tomlinson and replacement Donnie Evans each 4 – 4. Bob Barnard went 3 – 3 and Al Nielsen went 3 – 4.
The Golden Years celebrated with a team record 12 players heading for Fionns after the final out.
At the bar, upon hearing of the low scoring Gold’ s scoring feats, OMMSPL Executive held a special meeting to discuss other Managers’ calls for urine tests and a petition to break up the Golden Oldies. While the other teams’ requests were denied, a Red faced Les Mayer did not let the matter rest.
While Mayer denies making the actual call to Gawker (the notorious blogging source for Oakville’s sporting smut and gossip) he did admit speaking with them. Apparently Gold’s Manager Norton was seen hovering over the Gold’s bats between games with a drill press and a strange compound material. When questioned, he claimed it was some kind of Voodoo ceremony. Mayer took issue with that and says he has seen a video which has since mysteriously disappeared. It didn’t take a Gawker reporter long to pick up on the controversy.