Dave Weaver - Voice of Slo-Pitch
The calendar said May 14-15 for this past weekend's tournament but the frigid temperatures said more like March weather!
Two local teams had success in the tournament with Indigo Lounge winning the Ladies C title over league rival Service Master while Orange Crush captured the D championship. Maple View Variety Dbacks lost in the Men's D championship.
I think the first two weeks of my Sammy's Contest should be titled 'Meet The Millers' as this week's winner was Justin Miller. His answer of Jim Parsons, using the names Jim McKillen and Brett Parsons, was drawn.
This week's Sammy's puzzle is: What's that fluffy treat kids like to eat at fairs and carnivals?
Clue - kinda sticky
Text your answer to 519-550-4210 before noon Friday and remember that you must give the correct answer and the two names that you used. Also, the spelling in one of the names may not be the exact spelling! (Before everyone gives me a spelling lesson!)
This week's fun fact - there are three current Ladies slo-pitch players that have played together on five championship teams with different sponsors. Deb Simmonds, Christine Gubesch and Kim King were champions on Dynamic Fluid, ER Adams Insurance, Cadman's, Great Lakes Physio and Corey's Restaurant.
Three of the six teams came out of Week No. 1 with 2-0 records.
Indigo Lounge and Corey's Restaurant each beat a stubborn Energy Productions squad. Indigo also mercied the new entry Pitch Slap while Corey's mercied EMI Steelerz.
Service Master won a low scoring affair with division rival Jays and mercied Ritchie's. Hollister Kia won the only other division match-up winning over Orange Crush. Crush evened their record with an easy one over Farmers Daughters.
Hollister Kia 13,
Orange Crush 8
Kia - Jen Cadman (3-3), Danielle Swart (2-2)
Orange - Steph Nevers (3-4), Belinda Coyle (4-4)
Danielle Swart led the winners with a double and three runs batted in.
Service Master 6,
Service Master - Jodi Hodges (4-4), Becky Abbott (3-4)
Jays - Mary Froese (3-4), Amy Beattie (2-3)
Service Master broke up a tie game plating four seventh-inning runs.
Service Master 24,
Service Master - Jodi Hodges (5-5), Jess Brown (4-5)
Ritchie's - Jamiee Morse (1-2), Jess Howe (2-2)
Tracy VanPuymbroeck drove in five for Service Master.
Orange Crush 18,
Farmers Daughters 2
Orange - Nicole Harris (4-4), Stacy Lauwerier (4-4), Candi Obar - Grand Slam
Farmers - Anna Dyck (3-3), Tina Klassen (3-3)
Candi Obar had a grand slam and drove in six for Orange.
Indigo Lounge 15,
Energy Productions 7
Indigo - Tamarah Schultz (4-4), Kaitlin Anseeuw (4-5)
Energy - Nicole Cuerrier (3-4), Shanna Wellink (3-4)
Tamarah Schultz scored four runs for Indigo.
Indigo Lounge 21,
Pitch Slap 0
Indigo - Amy Bee (3-3), Kim Harrop (3-3)
Pitch Slap - Andrea Fast (1-1), Erin Murray (1-1)
Corey's Restaurant 18,
EMI Steelerz 1
Corey's - Kirby Steinhoff (3-3), Kasey McKenzie (3-3)
EMI - Alana Haskett (1-2), Jordan Coderre (1-2)
Kirby Steinhoff led the winners with a triple and double.
Corey's Restaurant 10,
Energy Productions 7
Corey's - Sue Henry (3-3), Michelle Puhr (2-3)
Energy - Nicole Cuerrier (4-5), Belinda Loewen (3-4)
This one was close throughout, Corey's got doubles from Shannon Oneill and Janet Culliton.
Most of the teams played interlocking games with the top tier this week.
Cleats won their first ever game defeating this year's new entry Pitch Slap. They split on their week as EMI Steelerz mercied them. Farmers Daughters finished off B slate action winning over Dean Masson Construction.
Farmers Daughters 12,
Dean Masson Construction 4
Farmers - Anna Driedger (3-3), Tina Friesen (3-3)
DMC - Jessica Cotton (3-3), Dawn Patterson (3-3)
Tina Friesen had a bases-clearing double in the winner's fourth.
EMI Steelerz 28,
EMI - Daniella Boughner (5-5), Alana Haskett (5-5)
Cleats - Marta Blatz (1-1), Heidi Hopper (2-2)
Deanna Littler scored five runs for EMI.
Pitch Slap 5
Cleats - Corrie Smith (4-5), Marta Blatz (3-4)
Pitch Slap - Steph Bell (2-2), Brit Sandman (1-2)
Leadoff batter Corrie Smith scored four runs for Cleats.
This should be a very close division as after the second week no team has an unblemished record.
Robert Q Travel lost their first game at the start of the week as Gators, coming off a previous Friday loss to Survivors, beat them by four.They registered their third win with a mercy over Maple View Variety.
Gators edged out IC Waters to move into a tie for first. Survivors also beat IC Waters while Haines Roofing won a close one over winless Maple View Variety.
Robert Q Travel 18,
Maple View Variety 3
Robert Q - Bryan Deblaire (4-4) HR, Ryan Black (4-4), John Baverstock HR, Josh Stubbs HR, Steve Derks HR
Maple View - Kevin Wagler (2-2), Ryan Carroll (1-2)
Steve Derks was a double shy of hitting for the cycle and Bryan Deblaire was a triple shy.
Survivors - Abe Fehr (3-3), Abe Boldt (3-4), Martin Klassen HR, Johnny Klassen HR, Jake Klassen HR, Pete Klassen HR
Gators - Jamie Nunn (4-4), Darryl Vandendriessche (4-5)
Johnny Klassen was a triple shy of cycling while Jake Klassen was a double shy.
IC Waters 16
Gators - Darryl Vandendriessche (4-4), Chris VanParys (3-3) HR, Matt Helniak HR, Aaron Laporte HR
IC Waters - Matt Summers (4-4), Shawn Crane (2-2) HR, Mike Shewan 2 HR
Gators walked it off with a three-run homer from Aaron Laporte.
Haines Roofing 8,
Maple View Variety 6
Haines - Jason Fehr (2-2), Craig Smith (2-2)
Maple View - Nathan Klassen (3-4), Kevin Wagler (3-4)
Haines pulled this one out with a seven-run fourth. Tyler Lamb and Brett Ferguson doubled in the rally.
Robert Q Travel 19
Gators - Darryl Vandendriessche (5-5), Matt Helniak (4-4) HR
Robert Q - Matt Bilger (4-4), Bryan Deblaire (4-5) HR
Gators stole this one away with a seven-run sixth. Darryl Vandendriessche crossed five times on the night.
IC Waters 13
Survivors - Martin Klassen (4-4), Jake Klassen (4-5) HR, Johnny Klassen 2 HR, Pete Fehr 3 HR, Henry Klassen HR
IC Waters - Scott Mudford (4-4), Shawn Crane (4-4) 2 HR, Mike Shewan 2 HR
Pete Fehr had a night for Survivors homering three times while driving in five.
GC Lounsbury handed Ontario Laser Spartans their first loss and remain unbeaten.
Corey's Restaurant won their first two games in B beating Kekambas and Hounds. Spartans bounced back with a victory over Kekambas, Hounds picked up a win against Kirwin and Oatman.
Corey's Restaurant 17,
Corey's - Scott MacIntyre (4-5), Wes Haegens (3-4)
Kekambas - Jeremy Weiss (4-4), Derek Buchner (3-4)
Justin Clapdorp and James Greenhill each scored three runs for Corey's.
Ontario Laser Spartans 19,
Ontario Laser - Abe Dyck (4-4), Corny Krahn (4-5), Pete Krahn HR, Martin Klassen 2 HR, Abe Krahn HR
Kekambas - Kyle Smith (4-5), Brett Ronson (3-4), Derek Buchner HR
Martin Klassen homered twice and drove in five for Spartans.
GC Lounsbury 18,
Ontario Laser Spartans 13
GC - Cory Smith (3-3), Cheyne Sarafinchin (3-4), Trevor Stuyt 3 HR
Ontario Laser - Dan Blatz (3-3), Jim Rutledge (3-4)
Trevor Stuyt homered three times and drove in nine for the winners.
Corey's Restaurant 25,
Corey's - Scott MacIntyre (4-5), Craig Boucher (4-5) HR, Mike Mesquita HR, Justin Clapdorp HR, Eric Vanwynsberghe 3 HR
Hounds - Nick Barnim (4-4), Chris Brittain (2-3), Scott Ball HR, Mike Bouck HR
Corey's ran roughshod over a short-handed Hounds squad. Eric Vanwynsberghe homered three times to pace them.
GC Lounsbury 17,
Corey's Restaurant 2
GC - Thom Puhr (3-3) HR, Trevor Stuyt (2-2) 2 HR, Sean Miller (2-2)
Corey's - Dave Mathews (2-2), Mike Mesquita (1-1)
Trevor Stuyt homered in consecutive at-bats for GC.
Kirwin and Oatman 9
Hounds - Mike Bouck (4-4), Joe Kingsbury (3-4)
Kirwin - Steve Smith (3-4), Shane Hall (4-4)
Mike Bouck, Scott Ball, Josh and Joe Kingsbury each scored three runs for Hounds.
Ward's remained the only team unbeaten as they mercied both Rooks & Vets and Falcons. Pelicans got back to their winning ways winning big over previously unbeaten Hit N Run and a five-run win over Norox Basement Applications.
Hit N Run won by 11 over Norox to remain tied for second with Pelicans with just one loss.
Hit N Run 26,
Norox Basement Applications 15
Hit N Run - Abe Klassen (5-6) Grand Slam, Dave Wolf (4-5), Diedrich Klassen HR
Norox - Steve Chambers (2-2), Jesse Legg (3-3) HR
Abe Klassen hit for the cycle while driving in six for Hit N Run.
Ward's Automotive 19,
Rooks & Vets 3
Ward's - Gus Ford (4-4), Trevor Hawley (3-3) Grand Slam, Connor Smith HR, Chad Vigar HR
Rooks - Dallas Dalby (2-2), Denis Lanane (2-2)
Ward's only needed five at-bats to finish this one. Gus Ford and Trevor Hawley each scored three runs for the winners.
Ward's Automotive 25,
Ward's - Pat McElhone (4-4), Devon Sebok (3-4), Mike Mudford HR, Connor Smith HR, Troy Lamoure HR, Chad Vigar 3 HR
Falcons - John Wiebe (3-3) HR, Junior Andries (3-3) HR
Ward's lived by the long ball going yard six times, and Chad Vigar belted three of them.
Hit N Run 10
Pelicans - Andrew Kamenar (5-5), Adam Jensen (5-5) HR
Hit N Run - Isaac Unger (3-3), Jakie Enns (3-3)
Pelicans' Andrew Kamenar scored five runs.
Norox Basement Applications 8
Pelicans - Chris Parker (4-4), Ryan Verbuyst (4-5), Andrew Dawson 2 HR
Norox - Cam Curtis (3-3), Brad Wencel (2-2)
Andrew Dawson homered in consecutive at-bats for Pelicans.
Destroyers became the first D team to defeat a C division opponent as they hung on for a one-run victory over winless Rooks & Vets. Diamond Dogs kept rolling along with a mercy over Boston Pizza and a close three-run win over John Beere.
John Beere earlier in the week mercied Destroyers.
John Beere 21,
Destroyers - Greg Higgins (2-2), Troy Temple (2-3)
John Beere - James Elliott (4-4), Shaun Elliott (4-4), Mark Vanderhaeghe HR, Andrew Barnim HR
Mark Vanderhaeghe, James and Shaun Elliott each scored three runs for John Beere.
Rooks & Vets 16
Destroyers - Ross Russell (3-4), Mike Parsons (3-4), Dave Lockstein - Grand Slam, Kevin Alward 2 HR
Rooks - Trevor Fleet (4-4), Christian Crossett (3-4), Jim Long HR, Bryan Granger HR, Denis Lanane HR
Dave Lockstein had a grand slam and was a single shy of hitting for the cycle for Destroyers.
Diamond Dogs 19,
Boston Pizza 1
Dogs - Brent Schooley (3-3), Doug Falkins (3-3), Lee Jensen - Grand Slam
Boston Pizza - Josh Spitzke (2-2), Christian Devlin (2-2)
Lee Jensen led the winners with a grand slam, double and triple.
Diamond Dogs 17,
John Beere 14
Dogs - Doug Falkins (4-4), Kevin McDonald (4-4), Lee Jensen 2 HR, Steve Dol HR
John Beere - Joe Ryan (3-3), Chris White (3-3) 3 HR, Kalvin Smith HR
Diamond Dogs batted around in the fifth to take over the lead from John Beere. Steve Dol's three-run shot was the key blow.