We are about halfway through this year's slo-pitch season and for the first time in many, many years I haven't been able to play even one game! It sucks, but I keep myself involved by being stats guy for the Men's League,coaching Ladies and umpiring Men's.
The Men's B and C leagues are tight amongst the top three teams. It should make for some great races down the stretch.
Robert Q Travel and Gators each knocked off first-place Survivors in close games with the Robert Q win coming in extra innings with "Zebra Cakes" being the hero with a clean walk-off base hit. Gators fought back from an early six-run deficit coming back to win 9-7. Survivors had pulled off a huge comeback win on the previous Friday against Boston Pizza. Haines Roofing grabbed the other win upending IC Waters.
Robert Q Travel 13, Survivors 12
Robert Q: Josh Stubbs (4-4), Bryan Deblaire (3-3)
Survivors: Martin Klassen (4-4), Abe Boldt (3-4)
Joe Highley led off the extra frame with a solid double and Josh Stubbs walked it off for Robert Q with a solid base hit to left centre.
Survivors 27, Boston Pizza 26
Survivors: Jake Klassen (5-6), Martin Epp (5-5), Dave Boldt Hr, Peter Klassen Hr
Boston Pizza: Abe Epp (2-2), Ryan Miller (4-5)
Survivors rallied for 11 seventh-inning runs without incurring a single out. Abe Klassen had the game-winning walk off RBI.
Haines Roofing 20, IC Waters 14
Haines: Dave Phillips (4-5) Hr, John Ralf (4-4) 2 Hr, Craig Smith Hr, Shawn Finch Hr
IC Waters: Eric Lockey (4-4) Hr, Shawn Crane (4-4) Hr, Jeff Cadotte Hr, Steve Leacock Hr
Haines put the game out of reach with a seven-run sixth. John Ralf had a grand slam in the rally.
Gators 9, Survivors 7
Gators: Chris VanParys (3-4), Derek Penner (3-3), Aaron Laporte Hr
Survivors: Jake Fehr (4-4), Johnny Klassen (2-2) 2 Hr, Pete Fehr Hr
Dave Hodges walked in the seventh and came around to score Gators' eventual game-winning run after they fought back from an early six-run deficit.
Kirwin and Oatman are unbeaten in three after defeating Tirecraft a week ago and winning over Ontario Laser Spartans and tying Domino's Hounds this past week.
Domino's completed an unbeaten week edging out Sandham Transport by two. Tirecraft edged out Bill's Pizza Kekambas in the other B result.
Kirwin and Oatman 20, Domino's Hounds 20
Kirwin and Oatman: Thom Puhr (5-5) 4 Hrs, Cheyne Sarafinchin (4-5), Shaine Hall Hr
Domino's: Nick Barnim (4-5), Jim McKillen (3-3), Lance MacKenzie Hr, Mike Bouck Hr, Scott Ball Hr
Domino's Hounds took the lead in the seventh with an eight-run rally. Shaine Hall homered to tie it for Kirwin in the bottom. Neither team could put a run across in the extra inning.
Tirecraft 10, Bill's Pizza Kekambas 9
Tirecraft: Jason Nesbitt (2-3), Steve Derks (3-5) Hr
Bill's: Brandon Rohrer (4-4), Kyle Smith (3-4), Cody Furlong Hr, Derek Buchner Hr
Rick Pihokker's seventh-inning lead off double was cashed by Tirecraft's Steve Derks' single.
Domino's Hounds 14, Sandham Transport 12
Domino's: Barrry Howick (3-4) Hr, Chris Brittain (2-3)
Sandham: Riley Turpin (3-4), Jim Long (4-4)
Barry Howick led the winners with a homer, triple, double and three runs scored.
Kirwin and Oatman 15, Tirecraft 6
Kirwin: Thom Puhr (4-4) 2 Hr, Joe Fansher (4-4) 3 Hr
Tirecraft: Joe Stone (3-3), Steve Derks (3-3)
Number two and three in the winner's line-up accounted for over half of the teams runs. Thom Puhr homered twice and scored four runs. Joe Fansher homered three times and scored four.
Destroyers had a walk-off win over Ward's Automotive, and Hit N Run edged out Corey's Restaurant in another close one.
John Beere playing with just nine knocked off Delhi Dodgers. Ward's and Corey's registered the other division victories.
Hit N Run 12, Corey's Restaurant 11
Hit N Run: Frankie Knelsen (2-3), Peter Reimer (2-2)
Corey's: Shawn Ryerse (3-3), Joe Allin (3-4), Justin Clapdorp Hr
Martin Klassen had the game-winning RBI for Hit N Run in the sixth.
Corey's Restaurant 18, Norox Basement Applications 10
Corey's: Justin Wood (5-6), Scott MacIntyre (4-6)
Norox: Brad Wencel (4-4), Cam Curtis (3-4)
Justin Wood scored four runs for Corey's Restaurant.
John Beere 21, Delhi Dodgers 14
John Beere: Jason Verhegghe (6-6), Bryan Granger (6-6)
Delhi: Nate Moyaert (4-4), Bill Chesney (2-4)
Jason Verhegghe and Bryan Granger each scored six runs for John Beere.
Ward's Automotive 15, Flying Squirrels 11
Ward's: Brett Parsons (4-4) Hr, Trevor Hawley Hr, Pat MacElhone Hr, Chad Vigar (4-4) Hr
Flying Squirrels: Ed Bouw (3-4), Ryan Copping (3-4)
Ward's went yard three times in the second inning. Outfielder Josh Legeston made an outstanding catch for Flying Squirrels.
Destroyers 12, Ward's Automotive 11
Destroyers: Paul Lavier (3-4), Sean Hanley (2-3), Jesse Temple Hr
Ward's: Ryan Bruckler (3-3) Hr, Trevor Hawley (3-4), Chad Vigar Hr
Paul Lavier had the walk-off base hit plating pinch-runner Dave Lockstein all the way from first giving Destroyers the win.
Eichenberg's, playing with just nine, won the battle of second place teams beating Hollister Kia handily. Jays scored three late to hand EMI Steelerz a tough loss. Energy Productions held off a late charge from Ritchie's in winning by two. ServiceMaster and Corey's Restaurant-Maple Variety each won easily with Corey's-Maple View stretching their undefeated streak to twelve.
Energy Productions 16, Ritchie's 14
Energy: Tammy Lalone (4-4), Lyndsey Miller (4-4)
Ritchie's: Ashley Aker (4-4) Hr, Rachel Carl (3-3)
Tammy Lalone scored three runs for the winners.
ServiceMaster 16, Cleats 1
ServiceMaster: Becky Dancy (4-5), Melissa Howick (3-3)
Cleats: Corrie Smith (2-3), Steph McDonald (2-3)
Kerry Jensen drove in five for ServiceMaster.
Corey's-Maple View Variety 31, Dean Masson Construction 2
Corey's-Maple View: Rose Finnessy (5-5), Janet Culliton (6-6) Hr
Dean Masson: Heather Haley (2-2) Steph Miller (2-2)
Everyone in the winner's line-up scored at least two runs.