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June 14, 2018
HAIRS TRIM BEARDS
At the mid-point of the season, the White Hairs are turning their season around. For the first time this season, the White Hairs were victorious in both halves of a double dip. After scoring only one run in the first inning of the first game, the Hairs pulled away from the Grey Beards scoring 5 runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings for a 16-7 lead.
But, then suddenly, the Hairs' bats became as Cold as Ice. The Beards took advantage of this glacial meltdown and nickled and dimed their way back to be down by only 4 heading into the bottom of the 7th Alas the Whites’ defense came through, especially on the hot corner and held the Beardies scoreless. hanging on to win 16-12.
Providers of power for the White Hairs' offence were Bert Therrien with 5 singles and 3 runs. Cubby "The Entertainer" Hubert donated 4 hits and 3 runs. Jeff Morton, Larry Weber, and Manager Bill Johnson combined for 10 hits and 6 RBIs. Pitcher John Vinnai helped his own cause with 2 hits, 2 walks and 3 runs.
Between games, the Grey Beards picked themselves up, feasted on Rick Wilkinson’s fruit basket, nursed their limbs and realized they missed their pre- game strategy session and blamed their loss on that.
With spirits up, they generated a little more offence and feistiness to keep them close through the 2nd game. In order to speed up the game, so they wouldn’t miss the anticipated buffet, the teams went to a short count. That didn’t help. Everyone still got to the bar late!
The second game began with the White Hairs scoring a merciful 10 runs in the first two innings to take a 10-4 lead. Over the next 3 innings the Hairs could only push 4 more runs across the plate, and by the bottom of the 6th the Hairs found themselves on the other side of a 16-14 score.
Following a Bob Oliver walk (his second of the game), Dave Adams smacked a two-strike pitch to the deepest part of the infield and as the ball meandered toward the outfield fence, Adams scampered around the bases with a game-tying two-run homer. Three more runs would follow, giving the Hairs another 5 spot and a 19-16 lead.
The Beards were not able to mount any resemblance of a rally in the top of the 7th and the Hairs giddily celebrated their third consecutive win.
White Hairs feasting at the plate were Jeff "Marvel" Morton who accumulated 7 RBIs and 4 runs. His supporting cast of Weber, Therrien, and Ev Lucenti collected 8 hits and 7 runs. Bob George parlayed his two walks into a pair of runs.
Septuagenarian hurler John Vinnai pitched 13 innings under windy conditions for the victories, with Bert "The Hurt" Therrien pitching the 14th inning for his first save of the season.
Kudos to Beards’ Paul Hunter, Mike Way and Bill Ballagh for multiple hits and to Neil Donaldson who came on in latter relief and pitched 2 scoreless innings with 2 K’s.
Hopefully vacationing Greys’ Roy Kitching, Ray Grisold and Awadh Jaggernath were basking and quaffing under clear skies.
As an aside, after the game, Mike Way was at the grocery store buying a big bottle of Tide plus with an additional stain remover. We’ll see how that works! And while we are on the pants front, Klaus Kreutzberg appeared with grey trousers this week, matching most of his team mates hair (well maybe not Manager Johnston’s) ..... and.......with a tear in the same place as his black ones. When queried he said consistency is important. You got to get down and dusty to make that play. The Grey Beards’ motto for next week.
SLUGFEST LEADS TO SPLIT AT MILLBANK EAST
Gimps Streak Ends but Now 500.
Reds “D” Needs an About Face
With the wind in his face Art Knight continued his streak of seven games without a walk, leading the Gimps to their seventh straight win.
Defence continues to be the Achilles heal of offensive powerhouse Red Faces. When you consistently score 17 runs, the outcome should normally be better. Scoring 5 in the top of 1st and then quickly dispensing the Gimps in order in their first at bat, the day looked promising. Unfortunately, that’s where it all ended in Game One. With hurricane force winds creating havoc catching the ball a challenging event for everyone and even harder for the Faces, the Gimps put up 5,4,5,5 in innings 2 thru 5, which was enough to hold off the Faces. The Gimps hung on to a 19 -17 win.
For the Reds in a losing cause, three guys were 3 for 3: Don Evans, Hal Ridley and Don Yaschyshyn.
Game two was much of the same for the out fielders, and Gimps’ hurler Knight finally lost his battle with Mother Nature and finally lost his string of no walk games.
The never give up Faces once again had difficult catching the ball, but this time their bats were able to overcome the winds and the Gimps.
After coughing up a 5 run lead in the top of the 7th, it took a clutch RBI single by George Merrick to score sockless Manager Ford from 2nd and claim the morale boosting walk off victory. Al King, reeling from the tortured berating he took from his team mates over striking out in the first game led the Faces in Game Two going 4-4. Paul Black 4-4 and Al Stokes 3-3 were also perfect.
Green leaders on the day included Manager Kitchen at 5 for 6 with a walk and a IPHR, Steve Vitella 5 for 6,
John Stillich5 for 6, Ron Linklater 5 for 6 and a walk, Peter Dovey 5 for 6, and Jim Moriarty and Steve Moses at 4 for 6.
Between games, Don Evans shared a home video exhibiting the rigorous exercise routine he goes through each day to keep his well tuned body in excellent shape.
RUSTY ROYALS & GOLDEN YEARS SPLIT
Egregious Blunder Gifts Royals with a Game Two Win
Thursday's game was a salvatory experience for both the Rusty Royals and the Golden Years. Now we all know what a dustbowl on a hot day looks and feels like.
The Royals came out strong early in Game One plating three runs in the first inning. Unfortunately, they continued their poor base-running and notwithstanding scoring five runs in the fifth inning and another five runs in the sixth inning, were unable to match the Golden Years who came away with a 15-14 victory.
It is curious, as generally speaking the physical skills decline before the mental ones. The Rusty Royals are proving the opposite. To a man they are 15 finely chiseled athletes (Who writes this stuff?). Unfortunately, they often make baseball decisions on the base-paths that are not sound. In both games the Golds were forerunners throughout taking early leads but often leaving important runs on the bases. The Royals chipped away in Game One but a late wake-up by the Golden Oldies preserved their win by a score of 15-14.
There were high notes in the game for the Rusty Royals: Terry Stroud (Hello Frances) was two for two and by the end of the game was leading the Oakville Masters Slo-pitch batting average race, with an average of 1.000. Mac McCauley hit two triples, and Mike Horner drove in four runs. Glenn Crane and Don Brown were both perfect 3 for 3's. Defensively? Well let's just say that they are testing Mac McCauley's patience.
Game 2 took on a similar character with the Goldies jumping out quickly but a few miscalculations help lubricate the Rustys and kept them ever hopeful. The Royals also experienced some minor iron oxidation issues but recovered in time thanks to some timely hitting and a donation from the Goldies.
Now it should be pointed out to all those with aging memory loss that in peewee or bantam ball we were told that if the bases are loaded there's one place to which you must never hit a ground ball.... 3rd base. However, with the bases jacked and 2 out in the bottom of the 6th inning that cardinal rule was ignored by an ambitious member of the imperial team much to coach Crocker's continued chagrin. Wait for it....... Cardinal rule number two- if you're playing 3rd base in that situation, just step on the bag and head for the bench. Sin # 2, forgotten rule, fumbled throw to first, three runs scored, Game 2 to the Royalites 19-18. More beer tears for the Golden boys.
A few of the bright spots for the tarnished Golds included perfect 6 for 6 hitting by chucker Ron Berry and Mr. Speedy Jim Fenner who tossed in a 4 bagger for good measure. Seven hits in 8 A.B.'s for Tom Sawa. And, of course, a ho-hum routine day of 7 hits for John Manderson who, not wanting to be outdone by his senior, the septuagenarian Jimmy Fenner, cranked out two inside the park home runs. Mike Albert and Ty Crawford tossed in 5 timely hits each for the cause.
Highlights at the stick were Glenn Crane who hit two home runs, Mac McCauley who hit two triples, and Max Crocker who was two for two plus a walk. Two close and fun games with great pitching by both hurlers in the gusting wind. Terry Stroud's batting average dropped an astounding 250 points in the second game. He is now hitting 750 on the season.
FAMILY DAY - June 21/18
Attention All Players:
Family Day June 21
Mark June 21 as Family Day. As per our annual tradition, our own Cubby Hubert and his musical pal Neil Cotton will be at Pipes and Taps post games on June 21. They will move from table to table playing and singing a variety of hits from the past.
We invite spouses and other family members to join us for a fun afternoon.