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|June 21, 2018|
RED FACES LEAVE GOLDEN YEARS RED IN THE FACE BY TAKING TWO
The boys of the Rosy Visage showed no mercy in causing a sluggish group of Golds to blush by taking the double dip and passing them in the standings. Although game one had the yellow-clad club holding early leads, the Reds must have had the ‘roids kick in late as they muscled up and plated 9 runs in the last 2 innings to take the victory.
it was all Ted Talbot. The Reds scored 5 in the 6th and 4 in the 7th to capture an amazing come from behind win. Talbot led the charge leading off the 6th with a crisp single to centre and capped it off in the 7th with a towering grand slam that split the left fielders. Talbot went 3-4, while Jim Embrey, only playing for the 2nd time after an extended stay on the DL went 3-3.
In the second game, the score bounced around until the Gold bats went colder than a 1950s' prom date, allowing the Reds to escape with a 13-7 triumph. Solid defence and timely hitting right through the lineup resulted in the Reds finally living up to Manager Ford's high expectations for his crew, resulting in a convincing win. Hal Ridley, Al King and David Zywine all went 3-3 and were the offensive stars for the Faces.
The Goldies had some stellar moments, such as Terry Ronnenberg’s fine running catches, Ron Berry’s consistent pitching and Tom Sawa’s almost perfect 6-for-7 day at the plate, including an opposite field hit to foil the Yaz shift. Unfortunately, the shine on the Gold was dulled by some Bad News Bears imitations featuring numerous errors from usually sure-handed fielders, the inability to put together the patented Golden rally and the coach setting the tone by hitting into a double play right off the bat (pun intended). For good measure, Ronnenberg also threw in another of his inside-the- parkers to give the Golden fellas a short- lived glimmer of hope. In seeing the glass as half-full, however, the best news is that the team isn’t peaking too soon.
June 21, 2018
Green Gimps and Blue Pills split pair in Dutch treat
The Green Gimps and Blue Pills celebrated the summer solstice with a dazzling display of hitting, fielding and errors, resulting in a split of their two-game tilt.
With Pills manager Greg Aubert still cruising somewhere through Europe, interim manager Laurence Drew urged his team to have fun -- and they took that to heart early. The league-leading Pills scored 4 in the first inning and 5 in the third to grab what appeared to be a commanding lead.
The Gimps posted big fat zeroes in those innings and made it through the order only once. With his team down 9-0, manager Mike Kitchen reached into his bag of inspirational speeches: “On the bats, boys.”
That did the trick, and in a twinkling the deficit was shaved to 9-8. This seemed to irritate the Pills, who promptly doubled their score to put the audacious Greenies in their place.
There were no highlights worth reporting for the Gimps, with the possible exception of the line drive that hit pitcher Art Knight precisely between the ankle guard and shin guard. That one will leave a mark.
The Gimps hitters had surprisingly good stats in a losing performance. Brock Paterson was 3-for-3, while Kitchen and Steve Moses were 2-for-2 with a walk. Tom Hunter, Ed Schnurr and Doug Briscoe were all 3-for-4, and Jim Moriarty, John Stillich and Knight were each 2-for-3.
Hoping to avoid another slow start in Game 2, Kitchen again inspired his troops: “On the bats, boys”. (Hey – it worked once.) Ron Linklater was so inspired he hit a ball OVER THE FENCE for a genuine home run (not one of those sketchy “inside the park” four-baggers).
The second inning featured back-to-back line-drive catches by the Gimps’ infield duo of Steve Moses and Jim Moriarty, with a nice running (or perhaps more accurately, loping) catch by John Stillich in the third. By the end of the fourth inning the Gimps were up 7-0.
This time it was the Pills’ turn to rally, and rally they did. After six innings the Gimps held a slim 10-7 lead. The Pills came out swinging in the top of the seventh. With runners on base, Greg Sportun of the Pills blasted a long ball over the surprised heads of the Gimps’ outfielders to tie the game. With one out and a runner at first, Brock Paterson of the Gimps provided a dramatic game-ending drive to the fence.
Ed Schnurr, Doug Briscoe, Ron Linklater (with a sacrifice fly), Brock Paterson and John Stillich were each 2-for-2. Bruce Locke and Ross MacIntosh were each 2-for-3. Art Knight was 1-for-1 with a sacrifice fly.
Several stories emerged for the Pills. A strong Blue Pills team again demonstrated formidable individual skills. For example, infielder John Good nipped two runners at the plate with exceptional throws. Shortstop Mike Mozewski and outfielder Jim Banyard continued their torrid hitting. Pinch runner Jack Pang contributed key bursts. And infielder Greg Sportun hit a massive shot in the second game.
However, game two almost saw all star pitcher Bob Neilson put on the interim injury list. An errant throw by catcher John Finley almost disfigured Bob. Later, another throw by catcher Greg Sportun tested Bob’s athleticism. Seated in a nearby lawn chair, Bob’s wife, Janice, worried about her husband’s safety.
June 21, 2018
At long last, Fine Wines end losing streak in split with Grey Beards
Banners were unfurled, bells rang out and champagne corks popped Thursday morning at Millbank Park's west diamond.
Well, they did in the minds of the Fine Wines, anyway.
After struggling through most of May and the first two weeks of June, the eighth-place (it sounds so much better than last-place) Wines came out of their long losing streak with a dramatic 6-5 win over the Grey Beards.
Well, it wasn't really all that dramatic. In fact, believing that the score was tied going into the bottom of the seventh, the Wines were girding their loins for a winning rally when an official recount -- confirmed later by Price Waterhouse -- gave them the victory.
The Wines were bolstered by the return of manager Rick Cummings, who led an error-free defence with three double plays.
There should have been a fourth double play, but third baseman Chris Zelkovich inexplicably decided to attempt a one-and-half reverse gainer in the general direction of baserunner Mike Way instead of throwing to second, resulting in a cloud of dust, a 9.7 from the judges and exactly no outs.
Teammates took some solace in the news that Zelkovich was resting uncomfortably after emergency surgery to remove a substantial portion of the infield from his extremities.
The Wines also got strong pitching from Bill Stubbins and Allan Lee, along with solid defence from shortstop Bob Edmondson in their streak-ender.
Cummings also figured prominently in the Wines' big three-run fourth and drove in the winner in the sixth.
The raucous between-games celebration, which could be heard as far away as the port-a-potty in the nearby play area, may have taken the life out of the Wines, though, as they were whipped 14-2 in the mercy-shortened second game.
Cummings and Ian Carson led the Wines offence with four hits apiece on the day, highlighted by Carson's key run-scoring triple in the sixth inning of Game 1.
June 21, 2018
Royals rebound to end White Hairs' winning streak
The Rusty Royals and the White Hairs split a doubleheader in a game attended by a bevy of beautiful but bored brides. ith their reputations on the line both teams played solid defensive baseball, in a well played couple of games with few errors and, of course, no mental miscues. (And if you believe that I have this magic rabbit I would like to sell to you...)
Having won their previous 3 games, the White Hairs were now on a quartet quest against the Rusty Royals. The Rusty Royals took an early lead in the first game against the White Hairs. At the end of three the Royals led 6-3 and were looking really good.
Then the wheels slowly started falling off. Having already lost more games by one run than you have fingers on one hand, the Hairs went to work. Mike Boyle, playing his first game since returning from the DL, stroked a liner to left that barely eluded the left fielder's glove. Dave Adams followed with a single sending Boyle to third. Ev Lucenti smacked a sac fly to score Boyle. Reliable Ron Louttit delivered his fourth hit of the game sending Adams to third. Larry Weber's uncatchable GWRBI fly ball scored Adams to take take the lead.
Over those same four innings the top seven hitters in the Royals lineup were collectively 1 for 9. In the seventh frame the bottom of the Royals lineup, tired by excuses made by the big bruisers at the top of the lineup, exploded with four hits by its bottom five batsmen. Don Brown, Max Crocker, Doug Wingrove and Terry Stroud all reached base, and three of them scored, to pull with in one run.
Things looked bright as the lineup turned over to the top with just one out and a runner on base. Alas Crocker's leading hitters failed to live up to the responsibility accorded to those who hit at the top of the lineup. The game ended with the White Hairs pulling out 10-9 victory.
Pitcher Bert Therrien pitched for the win and helped himself with a pair of runs and 3 hits. Bob Oliver, Bill Johnson, and Cubby the Entertainer combined for 6 hits and 4 runs.
With their fourth win in a row in the books, the heady White Hairs were confident they could keep it up for a team record fifth time. Ahem, these guys aren't teenagers any more. There was no mob-celebration at the Whites’ bench because as one of the Hairs stated, "We might get hurt."
The score sheet for the second contest compressed the 7-inning game into 4 innings. Three innings simply vanished. Therefore, your humble reporter has to give you the Readers Digest Condensed version of the game.
Between games the Rusty Royal bottom of the order appropriately chastised the top of the order. Apprised of their responsibilities in the second game the top of the Rusty Royal order came throughEvery single Rusty Royal had at least one hit in this game. Don Brown was 3 for 3, and Mac Macaulay, Mike Horner, Howard Mott and Doug Wingrove were all 2 for 3. Mott roved all over the infield to make a couple of nifty catches to put the game away . Howard Mott is now rounding into form, two weeks removed from his trip to the British Isles and his consequent scotch whiskey overdose.
The Hairs scored one run in the first inning and somewhere in the middle innings, scored 2 more. Lucenti notched 2 hits and scored once, Jeff Morton had a pair of RBIs, and along with Adams shared the Hairs' other 2 runs in a 9-3 streak-breaking loss to the Royals.
Manager Johnson predicts the beginning of another streak next week. Hopefully he means on the ball diamond
Royals’ Coach Crocker will have some explaining to do to the press for the Rusty Royal performance on June 21. Most coaches put their leading hitters at the top of the order....