Oakville Seniors Slow Pitch League

JULY 17 
Team Blue 6 - Team Red 3
Team White 20 - Team Gold 8
Team Reports and Standings ATTACHED

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July 17 Game Reports

In slo-pitch, when a team scores a total of 6 runs, the usual outcome is a big red “L”. However when two pitching legends (Marshall and Larocque) face off history no longer applies. Both pitchers went the full nine. Backed by a solid defense six runs would be enough for Larocque and Team Blue to post a 6-3 win over the powerhouse Reds. It was an incredibly exciting game. Everyone played like they did in the 1970’s in front of their girl friends.

The Blues shut down the Reds offense after the third inning while Team Blue would score in the second, fourth and eighth innings. Leading Team Blue offensively was Dick Wood whose triple in the fourth would score two, which tied the game at three. He would then come home off a single by Larry Stacey. This would prove to be the winning run. Steve Vitella would also star offensively going two for three and driving in two runs. Brian Sheridan, Barry Goldman and Grant Chapman also were two for three.   
While everyone on Team Blue played well defensively, there were noteworthy plays by Dick Wood, Alan Rouse, Aarne Kartna, Tom Locke and an incredible run saving catch by Tom Sawa that extinguished a budding Red’s rally late in the game.

The only negative, as usual, was the pre-game speech by Blue’s Manager Langdon. He pointed out that the team needed more run production and challenged them to score at least twenty. Clearly Team Blue thought this request was intended to be a “stretch” goal for the entire month of July.

What do Team Red Captain Craig and President Trump have in common? They both are often misunderstood by the “fake” news. While Trump insists he meant “wouldn’t” instead of “would”, Craig insists he said; “Hit the ‘BALL”, not the ‘Hit the WALL’”. Apparently, the Reds don’t listen well to Craig’s inspirational speeches at the beginning of the game. Thus, Big Red hit the WALL. In some ways, that’s a good thing because that’s the only thing they could hit.

Hitting stars were hard to find but it should be noted that Ted Talbot and Bob Falconi (damn, he made it into the report again), our first 2 batters in the line up, each went 3 for 4 while Larry Adler and Laurence Drew each went 2 for 3. Collectively, the other 9 batters who shall remain nameless (their names can be found through the Canadian Intelligence Agencies) went a combined 6 for 28.

Guys: stop listening to the pregame speech!

To be totally objective, it was a gem of a defensive game as a 6-3 score for the Blues would indicate. I will leave it to the Blues reporter to extol the virtues of the Blues. For the Big Red Machine, outstanding defensive plays were made by many. Laurence Drew, Bob Falconi (damn, there’s that name again), Don Evans, Ray Grisold, Neil Donaldson, Larry Adler,” Woody” Marshall,  Al Stokes ‘ Awadh Jagernath  and Bob Irvine all excelled in the field. Perhaps the catch of the game though, was made by Vic Leonard who ranged all the way to the right field foul line to snag a ball.

“Woody” pitched another fantastic game and deserved a better fate.

Thanks go to John Trigiani who, although injured (again, still, whatever), came out and umpired the whole game.

Captain Craig was last seen lobbying the Board not to move the Reds to the Thursday League as had been previously suggested. He left immediately after these lobby efforts to find a T-Ball League who would be willing to put up with a bunch of old men. Stay tuned for the search results.

And on the East Diamond:
With three of their top players GFRTST (Gone Fishing Rather Than Supporting Teammates) including Manager Wilcox and Ass Manager Maxie, the last place Golds solidified their standing by giving up a quick 5 in the first inning and thereafter were never a threat against the hot hitting White team, succumbing to a “merci”ful ending in the seventh inning by a score of 20 - 8.

Even though pinch Manager Lucenti stayed up all night to practice in the mirror, his pregame inspirational speech (“heads might roll”) did not motivate his troops who managed just 2 runs through the first five innings and left runners on base in every inning. His postgame comment at the pub - “other than our hitting, fielding, throwing and base running, we played a good game”- was met with a barrage of chicken wing bones and sandwich crusts. Further, his grandiloquent claim to a perfect record in his temporary Manager role, will be highlighted in future resumes.

Leading the Golds were Hal Ridley and Ron Nayduk, each going 3 for 3 with Rick Bradley driving in 2 runs for the rather meager offence. 

After last weeks debacle, Manager Wingrove promised to "shake up" the team. He, like other politicians, was true to his promise. He looked in the mirror and decided, HE was the one that would have to be "shaken" first. After three consecutive losses Wingrove decided to replace the manager in an effort to turn the season around.
He assigned Ron Berry, Whites Assistant Manager, to take over the team for a week. The results were instantaneous! Berry responded with an impressive win in a "mercy shortened" seven innings.

Marko Gastis batting lead off went 5 for 5 including a home run and Peter Bowers decided to get in on the parade of stars by also hitting a homer.

Whites scored at least 1 run in each of the 7 innings played with everyone in the line up scoring at least one run.

Team White's solid defense held Team Gold to one run or less in six of the 7 innings.

No one knows what Manager Wingrove has in mind for next week, if he is still with the team. Hope springs eternal!!!






June 12
Blue 14 - Red 13
​White 20 - Gold 11

June 5
White 13 - Red 11
Blue 23 -Gold 21

May 29
Gold 20 - White 17
Red 16 - Blue 4

May 22
Blue 13 - Gold 11
Red 16 - White 4 

White 17 - Gold 12
Red 20 - Blue 6

May 1
Red 21- Gold 8
White 15 - Blue 14


Team Red                16
Team White             12
Team Blue                10
​Team Gold                 6
June 19
White 15 - Blue 14
Red 15 - Gold 14

June 26
Gold 18 - White 9
Red 18 - Blue 11

July 3
Gold 22 - Blue 12
Red 17 - White 13

July 10
Blue 15 - White 14
Red 23 - Gold 14

July 17
Blue 6 - Red 3
​White 20 - Gold 8