ROYALS LOSE FIRST GAME OF SEASON BUT COME BACK TO SPLIT ON THE DAY
Grey Beards13 – Rusty Royals 9
Rusty Royals 13 – Grey Beards 2
The Rusty Royals suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the Grey Beards by a score of 13-9. They lived up to their name in the initial game on Thursday and could have used a good dose of WD40. The Grey Beards were led by Manager Lloyd Johnson who went 3 for 4 in Game 1. Rookie Bruce Locke continued to show his power leading off the five run fourth with a booming triple.
While the Greys defence looked sharp, the Rusty’s was suspect and had more holes than Harvey Hewgill’s original Legend socks (ed note; he still wears them) in allowing copious unearned runs.
Despite recording 17 hits the Royals couldn't bring the base runners home when needed with the Greys combination of Gorman, Hubert and Stroud manufacturing several double plays.
In the second game the rust wore off the Royals and they roared off, bunching their hits and were rewarded with a 10 run mercy win, their third in three weeks. The Greys, as they have become accustomed to in the night caps, couldn’t hit early but got worse!
Royals Brian Sheridan, for the second consecutive week didn't get out and went 5 for 5. Bob Parsons (“I won’t be able to play for at least one or two months”) hit a perfect 6 for 6 and Neil Donaldson went 4 for 4 including a hard hit triple. The ever versatile Donaldson also made a great shoe string catch of a line drive to right field.
Ron Linklater also powered one to the fence for his triple. Greg Aubert and Dave George played solidly in the field making numerous plays to record outs. Sheridan, Hewgill and Donaldson pitched excellent games despite the wind playing havoc with the ball.
The only highlights for the Jeckel & Hyde Grey Beards were Al Stokes with a long distance triple and Pitcher Bill Goodwin’s bat as he had a 4 for 5 day.
RED FACES CRUSH BLUE PILLS
Pills Wheeler Takes One for the Team
Red Faces 11 - Blue Pills 0
Red Faces 19 - Blue Pills 9
Not Even Moses could see parting the Reds !!!! Divine Intervention would have been nice but having a guy named (Steve)Moses on your team should inspire your team too! The Red Faces pummeled the Blue Pills in the first game 11 – 0 with the highlights for the Blue Pills too few to mention. The Pills were trying their butts off but the bats were quieter than a Toronto Star interview with Mayor Rob Ford..
Reds’ Paul (Bags)Bagnarol was red hot once again hitting three fences on the fly for three triples. The one time he missed the fence, he hit a towering fly ball over the fence for a home run. Indeed he is a pleasure to watch when in the groove. The other star of the games was Ross Frazer who pitched both games (one a shutout) while posting an impressive 5 for 6 at the plate
Game 2 started off with a bang for the Pills as they rang up 4 runs and were looking to avenge their earlier beating. But the Reds didn't flinch as they methodically hit their way into a 6th inning mercy 19 to 9.
The unfortunate highlight of this game for the Pills was a very bad hop on a Reds’ hit down to SS that jumped right up into Doug Wheeler's eye. It was a scary moment while Doug crashed to the ground holding his left face. But soon Doug waved that he was okay and everyone was relieved that Doug was not injured severely. "Wheels" no longer looked like Han Solo but more like Chewbakka and after some ice was employed the swelling went down to where he only looked like a squirrel with a nut in its mouth.
Wheels was careful not to have any alcohol when back at MacCools and used a considerable amount of ice to keep the swelling down.
Fine Wines Share Victories With Golden Years
Fine Wines 20 – Golden Years 15
Golden Years 15 – Fine Wines 5
The Fine Wines and Golden Years played like an over 60 league should expect…almost everyone seemed be playing hurt. Moreover, both teams were missing many key players, and as the Wines only had 10 players, while the Goldies had 11, thanks to John Finley temporarily replacing one-armed Stillich.
Wines won their first of the season in Game 1, handily, with a home 20 – 15 triumph.
In the nightcap, Golds won 15 – 5 in 5 innings, as the need to quench thirst seemed to prevail.
For the Golds, Bob Rose went 7 – 7 plus a walk, Mel Norton still can’t pitch but hit enough bloopers to go 6 – 7, as did Ron Berry (who can pitch). Don Moseley –Williams and Rolf Bjordammen each went 5 – 7, and everyone else had at least 3 hits. Laurence Drew legged out a triple, and Rolf Bjordammen had back-to-back doubles, but almost every other hit was a single, with runners (or more visibly accurate, ‘limpers’) always advancing station-to–station.
Unfortunately the Fine Wines were again short of players and apparently again short of Game Reporters.
Splitting White Hairs and Green Gimps
White Hairs 16 - Green Gimps 14
Green Gimps 15 – White Hairs 5
Playing against the powerful White Hairs with a strong wind blowing out to Left field proved to be a real challenge for the Green’s gimping outfielders.
In the first inning of game one, White Hairs responded to a 4 spot from the Gimps, by scoring 5 with nobody out and then repeated again in the second.
Greens made it close with 5 of their own in the 3rd, but White defence slowed down Gimps the rest of the way for a close 16-14 win. NOT being interrupted by cell phone calls from irate customers and unpaid plumbing suppliers allowed Whites to focus on the task at hand.
Game two was a complete turnaround, with Greens pummelling the Whites with a 15-5 mercy win. They got off to back- to- back 5 run innings and never looked back, scalping the White Hairs by turning two double plays. The wind blowing out to left played havoc this time with the White’s outfielders who are not used to playing so close to the fence - optical appointments are being arranged next week
The Gimp infield was solid again, and the outfield performed admirably in spite of the strong winds. The offence was well spread out across the team with Doug Ford leading with a 5 for 6 day including one in-the-park home run, plus one walk. Dale Whitacre was 4 for 5, and Ian Schell and Dave Robertson had 5 for 7 days. Wilf Antonation and Jim Craig had key hits in
For the White Hairs, Aarne Kartna, went 5 for 7 and Don Yaschyshyn 5 for 6 with two doubles, led the White hitters, with Told and Yaschyshyn each driving in 5 runs