MAY 18, 2017
Disclaimer: No animals were harmed in the production of these Game Reports.
BEARDS TURN 1000 PILLS INTO 500
Moses Leads Greys from 0-1-1 to 2-1-1
Knight Conquers the Elements to Notch 2 W’s
Game One: Grey Beards 23 – Blue Pills 15
Game Two: Grey Beards 9 – Blue Pills 8
The Blue Pills, coming off last week’s two-win performance, were certainly up for these games, but it was the winless (and pill-less) Grey Beards who were able to rise to the occasion on this sunny morning.
GAME 1 – Grey Beards scored four runs in the top of the first and gradually pulled away, scoring runs in 6 of the 7 innings. Going 4 for 4 at the plate were Don (not Dale) Evans, Lloyd (not The Rock) Johnston and Joe (Not too Shabby) Parisani. Steve Moses parted the outfield with his hitting and notched seven (7) RBI. Ian Carson and Parisani knocked home 3 runners each.
Defensively The Beards let their leather do the talking. Dave Adams made a surprising shoestring catch in left field while Ian Carson showed his versatility and flexibility in corralling a liner at first and later, while playing second base, leaping at least two, maybe even three inches straight up to snag a ball which had Right Field written all over it. Carson then calmly flipped the ball to first to double up the Blue Pills runner who had prematurely evacuated the bag (Hey, it’s happened to all of us!) The Beards scored nary a run in the 7th but held on for a 23-15 win.
With a performance not indicative by the score, the Blue Pills collected 25 hits for a 556 average. Mike Way who scored 4 times & Ray Grisold who had 4 RBI's were perfect at the plate. Tom Gorman also scored 4 runs & made two beautiful defensive plays.
GAME 2 – Game 2 was shortened to a 6 inning contest due to time constraints. Neither side hit very effectively in this low-scoring contest. After scoring 5 runs in the first inning and following it up with 3 more in the second, The Beards' Bats became somewhat frigid on this sweltering hot, humid and blustery day. Meanwhile, the Blue Pills fought back in the middle innings grabbing 9 - 8 after 4 innings. Pills’Mike Way hit a 2-run homer over the fence & Jim Moriarty hit a 2-run "inside the park" dinger. Bruce Locke went 3 for 3 giving him 6 hits for the day.
Unfortunately, these hitting heroics were not enough. Trailing by a run the Beards retrieved their bats from cold storage. Super Septuagenarian Art Knight, who had pitched all 13 innings, led off the bottom of the 6th with a shot down third that was just a little too hot to handle. Adams followed with an unanticipated poke to right. RBI King for the Day Steve Moses strolled to the plate and calmly smashed a line shot to deep right centre field scoring both Knight's pinch runner from second and the speedy Adams from first for the walk off 9-8win.
For the Beards, Deuces were Wild for Laird "She Don't Send Me" Flowers as he had 2 hits, 2 RBI, and scored 2 runs. Carson and Adams also had a pair of hits.
The crestfallen Blue Pills limped back to Fionn's to drown their sorrows while the now proud Beards strode proudly back to the bar with their heads held high.
TORRID DUST BOWL RESULTS IN TIE AND WIN FOR GOLDS
White Hairs Bats Remain Cold
Horner Hurries Around the Bases ─ For Naught!
Game One: Golden Years 8 – White Hairs 8
Game Two: Golden Years 5 – White Hairs 1
The Golden Oldies and those White hairy guys got together for a literal "dust up" at Glenashton East. The temperature was about 20°warmer than the games last week but the wind was blowing just as hard making the infield a bit of a dust bowl and the outfield an adventure.
The first game ended in a sister kisser when the Whities clawed their way back in the last two innings on some dribblers and bloopers to tie the game. For the Golden Ones, the top of the order, anchored by Paul ‘Bags’ Bagnarol at 3 for 3, did most of the damage. But the highlight of the game had to be the dazzling dash all around the bases by Mike Horner while pinch running from the screen. Rather than high fives, he was met with uncontrolled laughter in the dug out as his team mates reminded him of the new rule requiring him to stop at 1st base. Gotta love the enthusiasm though.
White Hairs Dave Zywine made several fine catches in left field and Roman Kryzaniwski backhanded a sinking liner in Right Centre to record the 3rd out of the inning and save a couple of runs from scoring. Rick Bradley and Don Moseley-Williams were both 2 for 3. Despite the adverse conditions, Gregg Macauley pitched well and had 2 RBI's.
Goulden’s Goldies prevailed in the second game again on the bats of Bags, Brian Sheridan and HandoTold (some aging remnants of the old MMSPL- ESM team). The game was shortened by a girls’ team who apparently had a permit for the diamond for 12 o'clock although later they realized they had the wrong diamond. And they think seniors have memory issues!
Gold’s Sheridan, backed by a solid defence, held the White Hairs to just 8 hits and 1 run. Rick Bradley, his counterpart on the White Hairs, pitched well but suffered the loss due to the very silent White Hairs’ bats. Attempting to gain some respectability for the White Hairs were Dave Zywine (2 for 2) while Laurence Drew and Paul Hunter each had 2 hits in 3 at bats.
WINES TIE & WIN AND REDS’ RED-FACED
Wines’ Wingrove a Perfect 6 for 6 on the Day
Banyard Leads the “D”
Game One: Fine Wines 16 – Red Faces 16
Game Two: Fine Wines 14 – Red Faces 2
The Wines and Reds faced off in a grudge match between the two ‘Doug’ Managers who have done a lot of trash talking in the week leading up to the battle.
In the first frame the Reds took an early lead but could not shake the pesky Wines.
After six it was Rouge by two. But the Wines bashed in 4 big runs in the top of 7 to take the lead.
The lead didn't last long though as a bloop single from Reds’ Manager Doug Ford took a bad hop and went under a Wines fielder’s glove, rolling to the fence. Ford circled the bases with the greatest of ease chasing home another runner and it was tied. 16 to 16.
After some good pitching from Wines’ hurler Jack Pang and several strategic moves the winning run was left on third and the sister kisser was recorded.
Phil Dechene and Doug Wingrove anchored the middle of the Wines’ order reaching base 4 times each as Larry Adler was a perfect 3 for 3.
There were no shinning stars in the Reds’ dugout. Kitching was 3 for 3 and a walk but that was erased as he appeared to be gloveless in the outfield. He did however score a 6.5 by the Russian judge on a dive that was very theatrical. Ford suggested that he should consider looking to replace his beloved "T" ball glove. Jym Grimshaw very graciously started a collection at the pub.
Game Two was a different story as the Faces could only muster two runs against the impervious Purple defence.
The Wines banged out 2 five run maximums and four more in the bottom of the fifth to send the Faces to the showers with a Mercy. Final: 14 to 2 for the Wines.
Bob "Hammer" Oliver led the charge going 3 for 3. Arne Kartna and Doug Wingrove were 2 for 2. This gave Wingrove a perfect 6 for 6 for the day.
But the “Wine of the Day” award was given to Jim " The Surgeon " Banyard who played Rover, Short and Third to perfection on defence. His batting prowess is well known through out the league and he showed some pin point hitting as well. The highlight was his look right... hit left swing. It worked to perfection as Ford at short took the bait and cheated up the middle only to see the ball cruise through where he had been seconds before.
Fortunately, none of the Faces noticed The Surgeon's Bautista like Bat Flip as he scampered to first muttering something about the Tiger Cat Way.
The weather was hot but the Faces were not and someone was heard muttering: “The best players were the three that couldn't play today”.
The Good: Got to the pub early
The Bad: Had to endure the mercy
The Ugly: Any play that had to be made.
A Lingering Rumour: “Manager Ford felt sorry for the Winers and thought they should "donate" a game to the winless Wines”.
GREEN GIMPS SURPRISE RUSTY ROYALS
Royals Rusty but Greens anything but Gimpy
Wilkinson a Standout on the Mound
Game One: Green Gimps 10 – Rusty Royals 9
Game Two: Green Gimps 13 – Rusty Royals 8
Max Crocker’s Rusty Royals bounced into the warm and windy Glenashton Westvdiamond with a perfect 2 & 0 record. As the Visitors, they were riding high and started where they left off the week before, scoring a maximum five runs and looked to be continuing their dominant ways. Michael Kitchen’s Green Gimps, with a 1 & 1 record, started slowly after being shut out for the first two innings; but they fought back for a dramatic 10 - 9 come from behind win.
Not troubled by the gusty conditions, nor inhibited by the “expletive deleted” pitching screen on the other diamon, Pitcher Rick Wilkinson took control on the mound and restricted most of the Royals to pop flies and grounders. The Royals began to run themselves out of the game with some base running gaffes in a couple of critical situations while the Gimps seemed to consistently come through when they needed to.
A rejuvenated Barny Henderson (on the DL last season) and rookie Muskokan Graham Orr led the comeback with 3 for 3 performances. Dave Cubby Hubert, Barry Goldman, Peter Bowers and Wilkinson went 2 for 3 at the plate. Orr and Hubert added 2 RBI’s each.
Royals just could not get going after the first inning, despite the 3 for 3 efforts of John Finley, Don Yaschyshyn and Manager Crocker.
In Game Two, the Greens continued with their hot hitting with 3 runs in the first, thanks to a 3 run inside the park home run by Manager Michael Kitchen. Wilkinson continued with his complaining about the Pitching Screen on the other Glenashton diamond but also pitched another great game. Still glowing about his World Series champions Chicago, Cubby Hubert went 3 for 3 and Kitchen went 2 for 2 with a walk to lead the Gimps at the plate and a 13-8 win.
Wilkinson’s pitching was supplemented with solid all around defence from the infield while John Manderson, Rick Jenkins, Jim Embrey and Barny Henderson made some great catches in the out field to stop the Royals rallies.
The Royals lead-off hitter Tom Sawa tried to revive the drowsy team with three hits in his three at bats; but very little else seemed to get through the stingy Green Defence.
Manager Crocker has promised to go back the drawing board before meeting the high flying Grey Beards next week.
Both teams appreciated the volunteer umpiring from OMMSPL alumni Glenn Marshall and Royals’ Shane Noseworthy, currently on the DL