Voice of Slo-Pitch
I had the opportunity to umpire in the ninth annual Oxford Christian Reformed School co-ed three pitch tournament along with Jim Armstrong on Saturday.
The proceeds go towards Christian education. The tournament was once again one of the most organized events that I have seen in this town for quite sometime! There may be something to said for an alcohol free tournament!
There were teams from Tillsonburg, Mount Elgin, Aylmer, Woodstock, Brantford and other small communities in Oxford County.
Woodstock Bat Attitudes won the competitive division going undefeated.
Thanks to all who cooked and served fantastic food and beverages as well as those who looked after and maintained the diamonds, and thanks for making sure everything was returned to its original state after.
These are the kind of tournaments this town needs more of run by locals!
Corey's Restaurant won the battle of the top two in a five run mercy over Indigo Lounge on Wednesday night. They also mercied Centre Point Contractors two nights earlier.
Jays pulled off an upset edging Indigo and followed that up with a big win over Service Master. Service Master played a low scoring tied affair with Orange Crush.
Corey's Restaurant 14, Indigo Lounge 2
Corey's - Kasey McKenzie (4-4), Rose Finnessy (3-3)
Indigo - Mandy Kromplak (2-2), Amanda Stubbs (2-3)
Lauren Duffy and Shannon Oneill each had run scoring triples in Corey's four run third.
Corey's Restaurant 13, Centre Point Contractors 1
Corey's - Jill Barnim (3-3), Kim King (3-3)
Centre Point - Keri Sunderland (2-2), Trisha DeLoose (2-2)
Lauren Duffy and Kim King each hit doubles for Corey's.
Service Master 4, Orange Crush 4
Service - Crystal Laforge (2-3), Denise Pelltier (2-3)
Orange - Tammie Lisabeth (2-3), Pam Mills (2-3)
Service Master tied it with a two run seventh, Tracy VanPuymbroeck doubled and scored the tying run.
Jays 10, Service Master 3
Jays - Melissa Hughes (3-3), Elma Wiebe (3-3)
Service Master - Jodi Hodges (3-3), Denise Pelltier (3-4)
Jays made a statement early plating six in their first at bat.
Jays 7, Indigo Lounge 6
Jays - Melissa Hughes (4-4), Jess Falk (3-3)
Indigo - Mandy Kromplak (3-3), Kaitlin Anseeuw (3-3)
Strong outfield play contributed to the Jays win. Melissa Hughes had the walk off hit to end it.
Steelerz are on a roll as they won their fourth straight mercying Boston Pizza and edging out Shady Acres.
Energy Productions beat Centre Point Contractors for the third time in less then a week and also mercied Boston Pizza.
Shady Acres won by six over Pitch to round out the week's action.
Steelerz 16, Boston Pizza 3
Steelerz - Nicole Brandon (4-4), Niki Lama (4-4)
Boston Pizza - Christy Friesen (2-3), Melissa Barnim (2-2)
Lead off batter Niki Lama reached and scored all four times for Steelerz.
Steelerz 15, Shady Acres 14
Steelerz - Bri Johnston (5-5), Melissa Johnston (4-4)
Shady Acres - Chani Homewood (4-4), Michele W. (5-5)
Nicole Brandon had the walk off hit for the Steelerz, Bri Johnston scored the winning run.
Energy Productions 17, Centre Point Contractors 14
Energy - Jen Kichler (4-4), Elaina Klassen (3-4)
Centre Point - Kate Dedrick (4-4), Monica Barnes (4-4)
Energy plated six in their first two at bats en route to a 17-14 win.
Energy Productions 14, Boston Pizza 2
Energy - Jen Dahl (3-3), Elisha Duvestijin (3-4)
Boston Pizza - Rachelle Platteuw (2-2), Shannon Collings (1-2)
Jen Dahl led Energy with a pair of doubles.
Shady Acres 11, Pitch 5
Shady Acres - Randi Williams (2-3), Karen Horvath (3-3)
Pitch - Erica Thompson (3-4), Kelsey Vandeven (3-3)
Randi Williams scored three runs for Shady Acres.
Maple View Variety won their fourth straight with a seventh inning comeback win over Hounds and they handed G.C. Lounsbury their first loss.
The next night Robert Q also defeated G.C. Lounsbury.
The standings are really tightening up at the top as Haines Roofing beat I.C.Waters by two. Kekambas doubled up on Hounds in the only other game.
Robert Q Travel 24, G.C. Lounsbury 17
Robert Q - Bryan Deblaire (5-5) Hr, Ryan Black (5-5) Hr, Darren Pace Hr, Steve Derks 2Hr, Mike McCarthy Hr, Josh Stubbs Hr
G.C. Lounsbury - Cory Smith (3-3), Thom Puhr (3-4) 2 Hr, Kent Collings Hr, Cheyne Sarafinchin Hr, Trevor Stuyt Hr
Lots of runs coloured in for this one which produced 41 runs between the two teams.
Kekambas 10, Hounds 5
Kekambas - Derek Buchner (3-4), Kyle Smith (3-4)
Hounds - Greg Hutchinson (2-3), Jim McKillen (2-3)
Kekambas scored five in their last at-bat to steal this one away.
Maple View Variety 16, G.C. Lounsbury 11
Maple View - Peter Epp (3-4), Randy Miller (3-3)
G.C. - Greg Onaitis (3-4), Thom Puhr 3 Hr
Maple View rolled a seven in the sixth to break open a close game.
Haines Roofing 17, I.C. Waters 15
Haines - Adam Thomson (4-4), Dave Phillips (4-4) Hr, John Ralf Hr
I.C. - Shawn Crane (5-5) Hr, Jeff Cadotte (3-4), Darren Cadotte Hr, Steve Leacock Hr
John Ralf's three run seventh inning homer won it for Haines.
Ward's Automotive won their second consecutive meeting with East Elgin Spartans to sit alone atop the division with just one loss. They also had an easy win over Wine And Beer Shop. Spartans edged Nancy's Variety to even up their week. Pelicans won a pair knocking off Wine And Beer and Diamond Dogs.
Brew Jays tied Corey's Restaurant to earn their first point of the season.
Corey's replied with a one run decision over Diamond Dogs. Nancy's mercied Brew Jays in the other division action.
East Elgin Spartans 15, Nancy's Variety 14
East Elgin - Jacob Enns (3-4), Abe Krahn (3-4) Hr, Martin Klassen Hr, Pete Krahn Hr, Johnny Klassen 3 Hr
Nancy's - Dan McRae (4-4) Hr, Marty Hawel (4-4) 2 Hr
Pete Krahn won it for Spartans with a seventh inning solo homer.
Pelicans 22, Wine And Beer Shop 14
Pelicans - Mike Kamenar (4-4) Hr, Ryan Verbuyst (3-3), Chris Parker Hr, Rob Fishback Hr, Nick Lonsbary Hr, Brad VanPuymbroeck Hr
Wine And Beer - Kyle Laidlaw (3-3) Hr, Tyler Marr (2-4)
Pelicans plated seven in their final two at bats.
Nancy's Variety 21, Brew Jays 4
Nancy's - Dan McRae (4-4), Derek Kunderman (4-5)
Brew Jays - Dylan Cremery (3-3), Mike Haegens (1-2)
Derek Kunderman and Dan McRae each hit triples for Nancy's.
Ward's Automotive 25, East Elgin Spartans 21
Ward's - Zach Dewachter (4-4), Brett Parsons (4-4), Devin Sebok 2 Hr, Troy Lamoure Hr, Brad Hornsby 2 Hr
East Elgin - Jake Friesen (4-5), Jake Klassen (4-4), Corny Krahn Hr, Martin Klassen 2 Hr, Pete Krahn Hr, Abe Krahn Hr
Ward's Devin Sebok hit his first two ever slo-pitch homers for Ward's. He and Brad Hornsby hit homers in consecutive at bats.
Pelicans 21, Diamond Dogs 15
Pelicans - Nick Lonsbary (5-5) Hr, Kevin Buchner (3-4), Benson Howey Hr, Adam Jensen Hr, Ryan Verbuyst Hr
Diamond Dogs - Nick Brimmer (4-4), Doug Falkins (3-4), Ross Groat Hr, Dallas Dalby Hr
Nick Lonsbary was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle with four runs scored.
Corey's Restaurant 8, Brew Jays 8
Corey's - Justin Clapdorp (2-2), Justin Aker (2-3)
Brew Jays - Matt Thiesen (2-3), Ryan Haegens (2-2), Gary Csoff 2 Hr
Brew Jays tied it with a two run seventh inning rally.
Ward's Automotive 27, Wine And Beer Shop 10
Ward's - Mike Mudford (5-6), Jeff Prouse (4-4), Connor Smith Hr
Wine And Beer - Nate Crocker (3-4) Hr, Tyler Marr (3-4)
Ward's plated 14 runs in their last at bat. Troy Lamoure and Brett Parsons each doubled and singled in the seventh.
Corey's Restaurant 18, Diamond Dogs 17
Corey's - Jason Ashton (4-4) Hr, Bob Long (4-4), Justin Clapdorp Hr, James Greenhill 2 Hr
Diamond Dogs - Doug Falkins (5-5) Hr, Nick Joesee (4-4), Dallas Dalby Hr
Hammer Time was the only C team to record two victories last week. They beat John Beere in a close game with John Beere only fielding nine, and then mercied Falcons in their other match.
Brad Cole Construction Orioles beat Hit N Run for the third straight time. Boston Pizza had an easy time with McKenzie Carquest but McKenzie came back to have a respectable showing against John Beere losing by just one.
Hammer Time 11, John Beere 7
Hammer Time - Mark Pressey (2-2), Cam Curtis (2-3)
John Beere - Jesse Anderson (3-4), Pete May (3-3), Mark Carrel Hr
Hammer Time scored seven in their first at bat and held on for the win against shorthanded John Beere.
Brad Cole Orioles 12, Hit N Run 6
Brad Cole - Ryan Hambleton (3-3), Denis Lenane (2-3), Trevor Fleet Hr
Hit N Run - Jake Peters (3-3), Herman Enns (3-3), Abe Klassen Hr, Jakie Enns Hr
The game was tied at two after one. Brad Cole plated six in the third and led the rest of the way. Trevor Fleet homered and drove in three.
Hammer Time 21, Falcons 6
Hammer Time - Keith McCurdy (4-5) Hr, Jess Legg (4-5), Tim Miners Hr, Dave Toal Hr
Falcons - Jake Friesen (3-3), John Wiebe (3-3) Hr, Willy Bueckert Hr
Chris Brown and Keith McCurdy each scored three runs for the winners.
John Beere 10, McKenzie Carquest 9
John Beere - Kalvin Smith (2-3), Pete May (2-3), Jesse Anderson - Grand Slam
McKenzie - Kyle Mudford (3-4), Dylan Proulx (3-4)
Jesse Anderson hit a walk off grand slam to win it for John Beere.