Voice of Slo-Pitch

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Dave Weaver – Voice of Slo-Pitch

The best time of year in slo-pitch also means that summer will soon be coming to an end.

Both Tillsonburg League’s opening playoff rounds will commence this week where the quality of play will be that much higher with lots at stake as teams vie to go all the way.

Good time to mention the gratitude for the dedication of our voluntary executives, Tracey Pressey heading up the Ladies League, and long serving Men’s President Chris Parker. Both are instrumental in getting the ball rolling in early spring and are tireless throughout the season making sure everything runs smoothly and fairly!

Thanks you two! And to your executive members as well!

Men’s A

Haines Roofing clinched first place after they won over Kekambas, and I.C. Waters lost to Robert Q Travel. Haines Roofing will play Roosters, who are on a five-game unbeaten streak after they beat Maple View and tied G.C. Lounsbury to close out their schedule.

I.C. Waters also beat Maple View and will play Kekambas. Robert Q Travel clinched third and will meet up with the Hounds.

The other series will feature G.C. and Maple View.

Haines Roofing 31, Kekambas 19

Haines – Dave Phillips 6-6, Chris Durham 5-6, Scott Balazs 2 Hr, Phil Durham Hr, Brett Ferguson Hr

Kekambas – Kyle Hollister 3-4 2 Hr, Travis Horvath 3-4

Haines finished off the win plating 15 runs over their final two at-bats. Scott Balazs had a big night homering twice, scoring six runs and was a double shy of hitting for the cycle for the winners.

Robert Q Travel 14, I.C. Waters 12

Robert Q – Billy Wilson 3-4, Josh Stubbs 3-4 2 Hr, Ryan Black Grand Slam, Bryan Deblaire Hr

I.C. – Eric Lockey 3-4, Scott Beattie 4-4, Mike Shewan Hr

Ryan Black won it for Robert Q with a seventh-inning grand slam. I.C. pulled to within two in their half but left the bases loaded.

Roosters 30, Maple View Variety 20

Roosters – Josh Munro 5-6 Hr, Curtis Neable 6-6 3 Hr, Nate Malcolm 2 Hr, Mark Hamulecki Hr

Maple View – Joe Miller 4-4, Johnny Epp 3-4 2 Hr, Matt Unger 2 Hr, Ryan Miller Hr, Nathan Klassen Hr

Roosters increased their unbeaten streak to four games and led from start to finish. Curtis Neable homered three times and drove in ten for Roosters.

I.C. Waters 25, Maple View Variety 24

I.C. – Mike Shewan 4-5 Hr, Shawn Crane 4-5 Hr, Chris VanParys Hr

Maple View – Matt Ungar 4-5 Hr, Johnny App 3-4 Hr, Ryan Miller Hr, Randy Miller Hr

Maple View made it close after scoring 10 seventh-inning runs. Mike Shewan scored I.C.’s game winning run in the top of the seventh.

Roosters 30, G.C. Lounsbury 30

Roosters – Matt Vandendool 5-6, Gary Markus 5-6, Nate Malcolm Hr

G.C. – Cory Smith 5-6 Hr, Trevor Stuyt 5-6 2 Hr, Chris Hoffman Hr, Kent Collings Hr

Roosters outscored G.C. 8-7 in the last inning to earn the tie. Trevor Stuyt homered twice and doubled twice to lead the winners. Nate Malcolm homered, doubled and scored six runs for the nine-man Roosters squad.

Men’s B

Corey’s Restaurant made a run at third place but came up short after having to forfeit against East Elgin Spartans on the Friday night. They had registered big victories over Brew Jays and Pelicans earlier in the week.

The idle Diamond Dogs were able to hold onto third place by one point over Pelicans and Corey’s. East Elgin will take on Brew Jays, Ward’s will face Wine And Beer who edged out Nancy’s Variety in their final match. Diamond Dogs will take on Nancy’s in the battle of red-and-white jerseys. Corey’s and Pelicans round out round one playoff match-ups.

Corey’s Restaurant 14, Brew Jays 9

Corey’s – Mike Mesquita 4-5, Winston Mark 3-4

Brew Jays – Bobby Brooks 4-4, Josh Knoflock 2-3

Dave Mathews led Corey’s with a pair of triples and Justin Clapdorp scored four runs.

Wine And Beer 10, Nancy’s Variety 9

Wine And Beer – Nick Bechard 3-4, Kyle Laidlaw 3-4

Nancy’s Variety – Derek Kunderman 4-4, Dan McRae 3-4

Wine And Beer won it with two runs in the top of the seventh. He hit five consecutive singles after two were out. Doug Hawke made several solid defensive at plays while playing first base.

Corey’s Restaurant 28, Pelicans 11

Corey’s – Bob Long 7-8, Justin Clapdorp 6-7 Hr, Mike Mesquita Hr, Justin Aker Gr Slam

Pelicans – Adam Jensen 4-4, Mike Kamenar 3-4

Playing short-handed appeared to be a positive for Corey’s Restaurant as they went through their order seven times. Justin Aker’s grand slam keyed their 10-run seventh.

Men’s C

Hit N Run did what they had to do to clinch second place as they closed out their schedule with wins over Falcons and McKenzie Carquest. Boston Pizza were only able to win one out of their last three games beating Falcons, but losing to Hammertime and Brad Cole Orioles.

Hit N Run will play in the most spectated series against Falcons. McKenzie will see their first ever playoff action in a series with Boston Pizza.

Hammertime clinched fourth with their win over Boston Pizza and will meet John Beere while Brad Cole will receive a first round bye.

Boston Pizza 24, Falcons 18

Boston Pizza – Jordan Bruckler 5-5, Keith Agnew 5-5

Falcons – John Wiebe 4-4 Hr, Willy Bueckert 4-4

Boston Pizza plated seven in each of the third and fourth innings. Keith Agnew scored five runs for Boston Pizza.

Hit N Run 18, Falcons 5

Hit N Run – Jakie Enns 4-4, Jacob Klassen 4-4

Falcons – Peter Wolf 3-4, Willy Penner 3-3

Hit N Run started it off quick plating eleven over their first two at bats, Abe Klassen and Jakie Enns each drove in three for the winners.

Hammertime 27, Boston Pizza 24

Hammertime – Tim Pressey 5-5 Hr, Chris Bevan 5-5, Dave Teal 2 Hr, Tim Miners Hr, Jess Legg Hr

Boston Pizza – Jordan Bruckler 6-6 3 Hr, Spencer Meron 6-6, Josh Dewatcher Hr

Hammertime scored eight much needed insurance runs in the seventh as Boston Pizza countered with 10 despite missing some key players. Dave Teal led the winners with a pair of two-run homers and a pair of doubles. Jordan Burbler homered three times and doubled twice in a losing cause.

Hit N Run 11, McKenzie Carquest 3

Hit N Run – Jake Klassen 2-2, Abe Klassen 2 Hr, Jakie Enns Hr

McKenzie – Mike Van Wynsberghe 4-4 Hr, Dylan Proulx 2-3

Abe Klassen hit a pair of long home runs and doubled to lead Hit N Run. Herman Enns pitched a solid game.

Brad Cole Orioles 10, Boston Pizza 7

Brad Cole – Trevor Fleet 4-4, Tim Hayward 3-3

Boston Pizza – Josh Dewachter 3-4, Keith Agnew 3-4

Brad Cole’s pitcher, Tim Hayward, helped his own cause hitting two doubles while driving in four.

Ladies A

Corey’s Restaurant and Indi-Girls finished off their regular season with wins over Jays And Orange Crush respectively.

Corey’s will take on Service Master in one best of five while Indi-Girls will be the other matchup.

Corey’s won their season series with Service Master four games to nothing however two of the games were decided right at the end. Indi-Girls and Jays split their season series.

Corey’s Restaurant 14, Jays 3

Corey’s – Kasey McKenzie 4-4, Jill Ferguson 3-3, Tracey Pressey Hr

Jays – Mary Froese 3-3, Shirley Moore 2-3

Kasey McKenzie and Lauren Duffy each crossed the plate three times for Corey’s.

Indi-Girls 15, Orange Crush 3

Indi-Girls – Anna Driedger 3-4, Amanda Stubbs 3-4

Orange – Jen Hillner 2-2, Pam Brandon 2-2

Mary Boldt and Amanda Stubbs each scored three runs for Indi-Girls.

Ladies B

Steelerz won their last regular season game by three over Orange Crush.

They will take on Energy Productions in a best of five which shapes up to be an excellent series. Shady Acres will take on Centre Point Contractors the lowest in A in the other matchup. Meanwhile Pitch Slap and Boston Pizza will contend for the C title.

Steelerz 14, Orange Crush 11

Steelerz – Bri Johnston 5-5, Jordan Triska 4-4

Orange – Jen Hillner 3-3, Tammie Lisabeth 3-3

Belinda Loewen, Bri Johnston and Nicole Brandon hit triples for Steelerz.