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.