August 19th 2018


Look into my eyes, you will see, what you mean to me. When the Dreamers searched their hearts and their souls you didn’t have to tell them it’s not worth fighting for, because as the playoffs near, everything they do…they do it for BASEBALL!!   Would Humber tell Credit that it’s not worth fighting for? Or would Credit respond that they can’t help it, there’s nothing they want more? Would Rouge take Don as they are or would Don give it all and sacrifice?

If you wanna know the results…

You’ll have to keep reading to find out!


There’s an old saying in Texas, maybe in Tennessee, that says, “Fool me once, shame, shame on….you. But foolmecan’tgetfooled again…” and so here were the Comrades who had seen the Humdingers deliver consecutive losses on their short wave radio.  Here was hoping that the Credit River squad would sing another tune.  But this game like the others was filled with a similar refrain.  The Humdingers hummed early on the strength of a 5/5 game for both Rachel Small and Annelies Cooper and they jumped out in front.  The Comrades, bolstered by a legion of subs including Krysta Williams, Jan Braun, Kelsey Patton, and Lisa Wong, played strong defence despite struggling to get their troops to the western front.  Humber, however, had other plans and like Nicki Minaj they were starting to complain about being in the #2 spot on the charts, it was time to take down Travis Scott’s Astroworld!

It was Devin Clancy who then went to work. Despite his formal appeal to be credited with a cycle, Devin Clancy fell a home run short of the feat notwithstanding an incredibly impressive evening that saw ole number 420 hit two singles, a double, and a triple while scoring three times for the Humdingers! In the end Humber had won 10-6, pulling into a tie for 2nd place with Don!


Bats took a twirl, pitchers began to hurl, and hair began to curl as the Rouge River Blush and Don River Valley Cats celebrated long-time Dreamer Merle Davis’s last regular-season game. Cheers echoed from the Sky Dome, sending off Merle on her way to a PhD in Minnesota, but those cheers of camaraderie soon turned to steely-eyed stares from Blush and bared fangs from the Cats as the game started.

Strong offense left the Blush with a vibrant but subtle foundation, giving them a comfortable cushion of runs. Joseph Bautista (Vice-Chair of the Merle Davis fan club) cranked out 2 singles, 2 doubles, and a triple, sending runners around the bases, and Andy Smith (Club Secretary) launched a home run over the field.

The Cats answered with a triple from Andrew Stokes (Ex-Officio-Member-At-Large), and solid base hits and balletic defense by Laura Pin (Club Treasurer), bringing them within cat-clawing distance of Rouge. Sub Gita Madan (Head of Continental Operations) plucked pop flies from the air with grace and ease.

Though the teams reached a short stalemate with a tie score, the Blush’s defense was too strong. Jenny Chan (Chair Emeritus) snagged a fireball of a shot to second base. Sam Banishashemi (Head of Regional Recruitment) left the Cats star-struck with an amazing out at third. And Craig Fortier (Co-Founder and Member for Life) stylized with teammates to make a double play that was a silky hair’s-breadth away from being the League’s first triple play.

It was a 16-12 blowout perm for the Blush, leaving them sitting pretty as we head into the last game of the regular season play.

See the game box scores here

See player stats here

See league standings here

See all-time career statistics file (updated for August 1 2018) here



Credit River
Gita Madan – currently leads the league with 52 at-bats this season!
Rachele Gottardi – becomes 27th player in league history to reach 110 career at-bats!
Johann Juarez – becomes 3rd player in league history to reach 45 career doubles!
Robyn Letson – currently ranks 14th on the all-time list with 78 career singles!
Tanis Franco – becomes the 69th player in league history to reach 2 career doubles!

Don River
Shelagh Pizey-Allen – Tied for 43rd on the all-time list with 43 career hits!
Andrew Norton – becomes 6th player in league history to reach 35 career doubles!
Janine Caster – becomes 32nd player in league history to reach 60 career hits (61!)
Katie German – becomes 20th player in league history to reach 60 career singles!
Phill Morgan – currently tied for 24th on the all-time list with 8 career doubles!
Laura Pin – currently ranks 34th on the all-time list with 27 career runs batted in!
Niloofar Golkar – see oddities below
Suzanne Narain – see oddities below
Andrew Stokes – becomes 9th player in league history to reach 10 career triples!

Humber River
Rachel Small – becomes 18th player in league history to reach 15 career doubles!
Jess Duarte – becomes 49th player in league history to reach 40 career hits (41)!
Devin Clancy – currently ranks 9th on the all-tiem list with 183 career at-bats!
Alex Brant – see oddities below!
Karen Campbell – becomes the 37th in league history player to achieve 55 career hits!
Annelies Cooper – currently leads the league with 33 singles this season and 23 runs scored (tied with Craig Fortier)!
Jo Jefferson – currently ranks 9th on the all-time list with 92 career singles!

Rouge River
Joseph Bautista – becomes 55th player in league history to reach 35 career hits!
Sam Banihashemi – currently ranks 77th on the all-time list with 23 career at-bats!
Jenny Chan – moves into a tie for 2nd on the all-time list with 135 career singles!
Craig Fortier – currently leads the league this season with 30 runs batted in and 23 runs scored (tied with Annelies Cooper)
Lainie Basman – currently ranks 26th on the all-time list with 38 career runs scored!
Terrance Luscombe – currently ranks 8th on the all-time list with 77 career runs scored!
Merle Davis Matthews – see oddities below!
Andy Smith – becomes 20th player in league history to reach 85 career hits!
Umar Saeed – see oddities below!

Lauren Kozicki – is currently tied for 1st among sub players with 19 at-bats this season!
Jan Braun – becomes 75th player in league history to reach 25 career at-bats!
Krysta Williams – is currently tied for 81st on the all-time list with 19 career at-bats!
Kelsey Patton – currently tied for 79th on the all-time list with 9 career singles!
Lisa Wong – becomes the 25th player in league history with at least 2 career triples!
Simon Tattrie – see oddities below!



A Single Produces Two Milestones
Niloofar Golkar becomes 40th player in league history to reach 90 career at-bats and 26th player on the all-time list to reach 55 career singles – all in the same at-bat!

Suzanne Narain becomes the 122nd player in league history to achieve their first career run batted in! Congratulations Suzanne!

Alex Brant on a chop shot up the third base line became the 34th player in league history to achieve 100 career at-bats – and only the 6th to do so entirely with the Field of Dreamers (behind Darren Puscas (133), Gita Madan (123), Rachele Gottardi (110), Andy Smith (104), Katie German (103)). 

Merle Davis Matthews career stat line after August 19th game is:
At-bats 178 (11th on all-time list)
Hits 91 (18th on all-time list)
Batting Average .511
Singles 88 (10th on all-time list)
Doubles 3 (T-46th on all-time list)
Runs Batted In 37 (26th on all-time list)
Runs Scored 43 (22nd on all-time list)
# of Baseballs Made – Infinite ∞

Behind the Mask
Umar Saeed becomes first player in league history to play a full game without recording a single at-bat.  Let’s hope for a speedy recovery in time for playoffs!

Sublime at Scoring
Simon Tattrie has 13 career at-bats, 8 career hits, and has scored 9 career runs!