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August 17, 2017
WINES & WHITES SPLIT
Game One: White Hairs 14 - Fine Wines 12
Game Two: Fine Wines 14 – White Hairs 2
With an opportunity to move into 7th place in the final OMMSPL Standings, the White Hairs won the first game but lapsed in the second, splitting their doubleheader with the 7th place Fine Wines.
With 7th place in sight, the White Hairs scored 5 runs to start the game and hung on to win a high scoring affair 14 - 12. Bill (Stubby) Stubbins led the way with a perfect day at the plate going 4 for 4 and cashing 6 RBI’s. Paul Hunter matched the 4 for 4 and added 3 RBI's; while Rick Cummings, Laurence Drew and Don Brown were all 3 for 4. Winning pitcher Gregg (Mac) Macauley was grateful for the offensive support.
The Fine Wines’ infield turned 3 double plays in the 7-inning contest.
A disappointed but determined Wines team came out with smoking hot bats in Game Two and held a 6 - 1 lead after two innings before coasting to a five inning 14 -2 mercy victory. White Hairs’ Paul Hunter (2 for 2 and 6 for 6 for the day) and Don Brown (2 for 2 with a blast to the fence) stood out above a generally anemic White Offence. Wines’ Fine Pitchers held six of the of eleven White Hairs hitless in Game Two.
GIMPS FINISH SEASON ON A HIGH
Grey Beards Can't Find a Win
Game One: Green Gimps 8 – Grey Beards 8
Game Two: Green Gimps 9 – Grey Beards 1
The Grey Beards were in tough against a psyched-up Gimp squad, who were still reeling at heir two defeats last week. But Game One saw the Beardos jump out to a 5-0 lead with some great defensive plays and timely hitting. The Greens’ defense then settled down after that disastrous slow start and held the Greys to 3 just runs over the next 6 innings.
The Gimps evened the score to 8-8 in the sixth and the sister kisser was in the books.
With solid defense from all the infielders and outfielders, Gimps’ Rick Wilkinson was outstanding on the mound. Green offensive leaders were John Good and John Manderson who were each 3 for 3 at the plate. George Merrick had a triple and Ty Crawford and Michael Kitchen both had timely doubles. Dave Robertson’s big bat drove in two runs.
Don Evans led the Beardos with three hits, with Joe Parisani, Steve Moses, John Koopman, and Art Knight adding two hits.
In Game Two the Beardos seemed stunned that they let the first game slip away and had very little gas left in the tank. Gimps’ bats were hot in 1st inning as they score 5 runs and went on to win game two 9 - 1 After a John Manderson walk and 3 singles from George Merrick, Ty Crawford and John Good, Manager Michael Kitchen hit a 3 run triple. Barney Henderson then hit a RBI single to cap the mercy inning. The stingy Gimps defense held the Grey`s to just 1 run with great plays by John Good, Ty Crawford, George Merrick, and Dave (Cubby) Hubert. Dave Robertson and limping Trevor Houston who were solid at first base. Barney Henderson, John Manderson, Peter Bowers and Michael Kitchen were all effective in the outfield in shutting down the normally potent Greys’ offence.
At bat, Michael Kitchen had 4 RBI`s and George Merrick and Ty Crawford had 2 RBI`s. Barry Goldman had key hit when he led off the 5th inning with a well earned base hit to start a 3 run inning. Rick Wilkinson was outstanding at the mound.
For the Beardies, Art Knight, apart from having a good day at the plate, continued with excellent pitching in both games.
John Koopman was the only offensive bright light for the Beard squad going 3 for 3 in the game and five for five on the day. The Beardos managed only one run in the fourth inning, falling to the Gimps 9-1 by the end of it all.
RED FACES UPSET BY ROYALS X 2
Determined Effort by the Royals Locks Up 2ND
Finley Big at Bat and Fine in the Field
Game 1: Rusty Royals 10 - Red Faces 7
Game 2: Rusty Royals 11 - Red Faces 2
Will the real Reds please stand up? Thursday’s version was not the one we have seen for the last 8 weeks or so as from the opening batter, the uncharacteristically rusty Red Machine booted the ball around more than a team of 10-year-olds at their first soccer practice.
But, a determined Royals’ squad entered the day needing one point of an available four to clinch second place behind the Reds who sealed up first place last week. Al King was Royal with a 3 for 3 performance; while John Finley, Tony Foscarin, Shane Noseworthy, Larry Weber and Don Yaschyshyn added two hits apiece. Finley also put on a defensive show with a couple fine catches.
"Maybe because we were a little too loose or the game didn't mean as much or that we were missing our #1 & #4 hitters today. Either way we weren't ourselves today" said Mgr. Ford. “However as bad as we might have been, we still only lost by 3." The ever-optimistic skipper guaranteed a better outing next week.
Not-so-shining stars for the season champs Red Faces were:
Doug Ford - 3 for 3 and 3 runs scores.
Roy Kitching - 2 for 2 with 2 doubles.
John Vinnai and Jim Craig -each 2 for 2.
Ev "goes back, back, back" Lucenti who brought back fond memories of Willie Mays with an outstanding running over the shoulder catch in left field, robbing Chris Zelkovich of a sure triple.
Game Two looked like a tune-up game for the playoffs for the not so “Rusty” Royals; while it seemed that the Red Rockets missed their appointed lift-off time. Before the second inning began, it was 5 zip for Maxy's Royal Flushers who flushed the Red guys down the loo. By then Manager Ford was ready for a beer and negotiated a deal to thankfully call this game after 5 painful innings . All members of the Faces agreed on the manager’s decision and said it was their“TSN Play of the Day."Royals’ ace, Harvey Hewgill, pitched a near perfect game, keeping the Red hitters off balance while the hits just kept on coming led by five players with a perfect 2 for 2 at the plate: John Finley, Shane Noseworthy, Bob Neilson, Larry Weber and Shane Noseworthy.
BLUE PILLS HARD TO SWALLOW
Pills Pleased at Locking Up Home Field Advantage
Gold Puts Forth Stellar Effort Despite Player Shortage
Game 1: Blue Pills 12 - Golden Years 4
Game 2: Blue Pills 16 - Golden Years 15
The Golden Oldies and those old Blue Pills went at it Thursday at Millbank Bank East with the Pills looking to advance in the top four Standings but needing some help from other teams to move up. The Pills came prepared and did their job; but alas didn’t get the assist they need from the other teams. Regardless the Blue boys looked like they are ready for the playoffs as they took both ends of the double header from Goulden’s Guys and secured third place.
Actually it was a tough day for the Golds as they were missing no less than five of their regular guys including: Brock Paterson, Mike Horner, Jim Fenner, Paul Bagnarol and Allan Lee. The first game was a blowout 12-4 as the Golds couldn't get their offense in gear. The second game was a good game and much tighter with the Pills pulling out a 13-12 win in the last inning.
In Game One, the Pills pounded out 22 hits producing 12 runs for the victory. They scored runs in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 6th inning and took an 8 nothing lead into the bottom of the 6th when the Golds came to life & scored 4 cutting the deficit in half at 8 to 4. The bottom half of the Pills lineup scratched out 4 more runs in the top of the 7th which effectively took the wind out of the Gold sails & they surrendered quietly in the bottom half of the 7th.
Mike Way, Bruce Locke & Greg Aubert were each a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate. Hal Ridley & Dave Zywine were stellar on the mound the Golds didn't get on the board until the sixth inning. They just couldn't get untracked until then as only Brian Sheridan came through with 3 hits while Rick Friesen, Neil Donaldson and Manager Gary Goulden contributed 2 hits apiece.
Of note was the Pills pulling off a triple play when poor Al Baskett tripped over home plate as he took off for first. Needless to say he didn't make it much further and everyone had a laugh. Baskett promised that from then onto restrict his falls to his more familiar routines on the outfield terrain. Despite the score, the Golds defense was pretty solid with Brian Sheridan filling in at short. Hando Told initiated a nice 3rd to home double play. Sheridan also had an unassisted double play as did Gary Goulden, who was playing Rover in this game. The outfielders were busy as well with some good catches spread across the field. Lots of effort for the short staffed Gold, but no cigar.
In the night cap, the Gold guys started strongly scoring 4 runs in each of the 1st 2 innings. The strong Pills offence responded in kind grabbing a 9-8 lead heading into the 4th inning. The Golds once again flashed offensive brilliance by tacking on another 4 runs in the 4th inning. The Pills added a single run in each of the 4th & 5th innings to make the score 12-11 for the Golds after 5. The 2 teams traded single runs in the 6th inning. In the 7th inning, the Golds tallied twice & now led by a 15 to 12 score.
The Blue Pills sent the top of their order to the plate in the bottom of the 7th. The 1st 3 guys got on & Bruce Locke smashed a triple to the gap in RCF to tie the score at 15 all. The Goldies walked the next 2 guys to load the bases in hopes of garnering a double play; however Jim Moriarty hit a deep fly ball to drive in the winning run.
The hitting heroes for the Pills were Tom Gorman, Mike Way, Greg Aubert, Jim Moriarty, Hal Ridley & Ted Talnot who were all perfect at the plate.
Golds offence,(and did I say they were missing 5 of their good hitters), did come alive with Rick Friesen, Al Baskett and Brian Sheridan all picking up 4 hits. Doug Auld, Hando Told and Gary Goulden picked up 3 hits each and get this, Goulden had 4 RBI's and would have had 5 had he not turned an inside the park homer into a triple.
Defensively Sheridan, filling in for Bags at Short, threw a total 4 ambitious runners out at the plate on the day on relays from the outfield. While all his throws were on the money, the Pills, who were filling in at catcher for the Golds, expertly finished the job. After seeing Gold’s success at throwing runners at the plate, Tom Gorman, the Pills’ Short Stop also gunned down two runners at the plate after the Golds loaded the bases in a comeback attempt in the last inning.
Next week brings the playoffs and the Goldies will be ready for battle. Don't let their sixth-place finish fool anyone.