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July 22nd 2018

KISS ME

And so it was that on this late July evening, when a cool breeze made it feel as though a romantic comedy awaited all spectators, the Dreamers took the Field in front of a vast group of fans that included partners, friends, family, and Craig’s famous heckling dads! Would the Comrades be sixpence none the richer? Or would the Blush wear those shoes while you wear that dress?  Would the Humdingers strike up the band and make the fireflies dance silvermoon’s sparkling or would the Valley Cats lead us out on the moonlit floor? No matter who would win we were assured that all the teams would swing swing swing the spinning step beside the green green grass! But if you wanna know the results…

You’ll have to keep reading to find out!

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September 17th 2017 (Playoffs!)

GAME RECAPS

As Rachel Small dug her foot in the batter’s box awaiting the call of “Let’s Make Baseball”, the player who started the season with the first ever at-bat in league history was the very same who tilted us into our inaugural playoffs.  On a muggy and wet evening that was perfectly suited to the gilled-guppies, the Trout went to work quickly in hopes of sinking the Hustle’s chances at a #1 hit.  Peter Demakos at short stop and Robyn Letson and Alex Brant at first base acquitted themselves in fine fashion with shimmering plays that sparkled more brightly than the iridescent scales of a sea of their namesakes migrating up a river.  And it was indeed a deep pool of water that got the Hustle doing The Swim.  Down by a score of 16-2, the dancing divas relied on the long-ball to bring some smoothness to the dance floor.  Natalia Saavedra, Andrew Norton, and Craig Fortier combined for six home runs and the Hustle played some groovy defence thanks to a heads up play at first by Jenny Chan, an excellent couple of plays by Katie German and Yogi Acharya in the middle infield and some heads up back up by Rocio Velasquez and Jo Jefferson. But just as Richard, Andrew, and Craig all stopped short of home in their attempts to expand the score, the come from behind was also cut short and the Trout swam into the Championship game.

In the second game of the evening, the Mastodons stomped out to an early lead thanks to some excellent team play that saw the mammoth mammoths play small ball advancing runners on singles and doubles and topping out with 14 runs in the first three innings.  This was highlighted by some key hits by Jennifer Mussell, Matt Poggi, Karen Campbell and Annelies Cooper that provided fodder on the basepaths for some timely hits off the bats of Terrance Luscombe, Ryan Hayes, and Noah Adams. The Ballsheviks, however, sought to bring equalization to the game and sparked too large rallies that tied the game at 18.  In the top half of the final inning, the loveable mammals were stopped by a militant defense and the Ballsheviks were able to squeak out a Soviet-style victory thanks to a 4 runs batted in night for Gita Madan and a timely home run from Andy Smith – who also made a stellar catch between short-stop and left field to end the inning.  The Ballsheviks move to the eastern front to take on the Trout in the finals as the Mastodons head to the early game to stomp out some hits against the super fly Hustle.

See player stats here


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MILESTONES

Credit River
Rachel Small – T-4th all time with 95 career singles (up 1 spot!)
Robyn Letson- becomes 15th player in league history to reach 50 career singles (51)!
Linda Swanston – becomes 61st player in league history to record at least 35 career at-bats (up 5 spots!)
Alex Brant – 36th all time with 21 career runs scored (up 7 spots!)
Peter Demakos – becomes the 4th player this season to hit a Grand Slam home run!
Robin Smillie – becomes 50th player in league history to reach 30 career hits (31)!
Johann Juarez – passes Adrian Rodill for 2nd on the all time home run list with 36 career home runs.
Krysta Williams – becomes the 3rd player in league history to sub on at least two teams

Don River

Devin Clancy- becomes 11th player in league history to reach 90 career hits!
Jessica Duarte – T-50th all time with 12 career runs batted in (up 3 spots!)
Darren Puscas – becomes 1st player in league history to record at least 80 at bats (81) in single season!
Karen Campbell – T-41st all time with 35 career hits (up 2 spots!)
Annelies Cooper – becomes 21st player in league history to reach 100 career at-bats!
Matthew Poggi- T-30th all time with 43 career hits (up 4 spots!)
Terrance Luscombe – becomes 12th player in league history to reach 80 career hits!
Noah Adams – becomes 17th player in league history to record 50 career singles!
Ryan Hayes – T-2nd in career triples with 14!

Humber River
Craig Fortier – becomes 1st player in league history to score 40 runs in a single season!
Jenny Chan -becomes 5th player in league history to reach 200 career at-bats (203)!
Yogi Acharya – becomes 17th player in league history to reach 70 career hits!
Andrew Norton – becomes the 6th player in league history to have a season with 7+ home runs!
Jo Jefferson -becomes 10th player in league history to reach 135 career at-bats!
Rocio Velasquez -becomes 20th player in league history to reach 100 career at-bats!
Natalia Saavedra -T-15th all time with 3 career home runs!
Katie German – becomes 40th player in league history to record 60 career at-bats!
Richard Peters – becomes 18th player in league history to score at least 35 career runs!

Rouge River
Karl Gardner – becomes 5th player in league history to reach 115 career hits and the 5th to reach 30 career doubles!
Lainie Basman- becomes 13th player in league history to reach 75 career hits!
Umar Saeed – becomes 29th player in league history to reach 25 career runs batted in!
Shelagh Pizey Allen – T-50th all time with 15 runs scored (up 7 spots!)
Gita Madan – becomes the 15th player in league history to record at least 27 runs batted in in a single season!
Andrew Stokes -T-11th all time with 49 career runs batted in!
Rachele Clemente -becomes only the 6th player in league history to record 70 at bats in a single season!
Andy Smith- currently leads the league with an .873 batting average

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FIRSTS & Seconds

Doubles
Kate Uffelman (1) – Rouge River

Merle Davis (2) – Rouge River

 

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ODDITIES

ALL TIME PLAYERS LIST (REACH 50 CAREER AT-BATS!!!)

Robin Smillie (Credit) (53), Jennifer Mussel (Don) (52), Andy Smith (Rouge) (51), and Jessica Duarte (Don) (50) become the 49th, 50th, 51st, and 52nd players in league history to record at least 50 at-bats and qualify as an all-time player in league history!!!!

IF YOU HAVE AN AT-BAT, 50/50 YOU’LL SCORE

Sarah Naumes (Credit) who has subbed on three different teams has scored 7 times in 14 at bats – the most productive rate in the entire league for a player with 10+ at-bats.

BALL IN CUP CHAMPION

Alex Brant (Credit) is the inaugural “Ball-In-Cup” champion and is also tied for 44th in league history with 28 career singles!

CYCLING CLUB

Yogi Acharya (Humber) with speed and persistence and Umar Saeed (Rouge) with power and a smooth glide each hit for the cycle (a single, double, triple, home run in the same game) with Umar Saeed powering up one more time for a second triple!!

 

September 10th 2017

GAME RECAPS

The first regular season in Field of Dreamer’s history came to an end on a cool night under the Bellwoods lights. The people who began the season as a motley crew of outcasts on the diamonds of the city streamed onto the SkyDome field like seasoned pros.  They pulled bases from the bags and set up the field, they spread throughout the field playing catch, stretching and taking some swings, they dusted their jerseys and adjusted their caps and set out to finish this historic season – all of them with an eye on next week’s playoffs.

The early evening tilt featured the Hustle & Trout in a preview of the first ever post-season game in Field of Dreamer’s history. The Trout glistened in their powder blues as the Hustle shined in their flashy yellows as Niloofar Golkar dug in for the first at-bat, a base-hit to left field.  The fish were flying from the onset of the game and Niloo’s hit was followed by a series of swats that had the Trout sucking air through their gills as they rounded the bases!  The Hustle were in for a tough game as they reeled back on their dancing shoes and teetered to a 10-3 deficit.  The brilliant plays by the lovable Trout was contrasted to the flip flopping on the dance floor of the Hustle. Notably, Craig Fortier took a couple tumbles in the batter’s box and it seemed that perhaps the Hustle were going to spend the rest of the dance as wallflowers to the formidable fish.  The crowd of fans (mostly Don and Rouge River players) found it hard to watch the game as the gleamed at the newly minted “Ball-In-Cup” champion, Alex Brant stationed at first base.

However, in a moment of desperation, Richard Peters took Craig aside and explained that the problem was that his socks were on the wrong feet and that’s why the Hustle had gotten off to a bad start. And so it was that the player known as “bumble bee” striped down to his bare feet swapping his black and yellow striped hose onto opposite sides. The Hustle had triggered the first 8-run mercy limit and it was at this point that they began to get their footing, maxing out at 8 runs with some incredible runs by Yogi Acharya, Janine Caster, Andrew Norton, and some hands on guidance by Richard Peters.  The game quickly turned it’s tide back in favour of the Hustle, though both teams danced to the finish line with grace.  The final score of 19-12 doesn’t accurately reflect the nail-biting closeness and with another slow start against the Trout in the playoffs, the Hustle might finally lose the number spot on the Billboard charts. (Craig Fortier – Humber River)

On this same cool night in September with our Frisbee-throwing friends in the distance, the Ballsheviks hard-fought and won their last pre-playoffs coup. But they also found out, inning-by-inning, that the stomping Mastodons may be their revolutionary equals. The crowd sat at the edge of their seat not knowing the victor until the very last batter in. They witnessed some of the best-made baseball all season.

Six innings in total, riveting each in equal measure. The Ballsheviks started off hot with a 2 run lead. But the lovable giant beasts pump a lot of blood too so the game heated up even more: the Dons had a perfect 2nd inning to change their fate with 7 great hits, no outs and 5 runs, and the Ballsheviks pushed back with a back-to-back spectacle of out-of-the-park hits by Andrew Stokes and Jarl Gardner.

Then, the tide turned in the 3rd inning with a dreamy home run by Darren Puscas that brought 3 batters home, coupled with brilliant defense in the bottom of the 3rd that held back the Ballsheviks from scoring their max 5 putting the Mastodons 1 point ahead.

In the 4th a spectacular hit by Ryan Hayes sealed the fate of a third 5/5 score for the proboscideans that triggered the new and more equitable mercy rule giving the Ballsheviks the chance at catching up, which they did. But it wasn’t the rule that made the Ballsheviks turn their fate, it was their hard-hitting inning and awesome skills that scored them 7 runs putting the game at a nail-biting 16-15 score in their favour.

The 5th and 6th innings were gripping. “What’s the score?” asked a Ballshevik player. All the players looked toward their coach, Merle. “Does the score really matter, like, aren’t we here just to have fun?” replied Merle. The score was tied.

The Ballsheviks squeaked out a victory with their very last out. The last words of the night went to Jess Duarte who reassured the field her “teeth are still in” after a fielding mishap. But Ballsheviks beware, because the last words may have been prophetic: when both teams face off again in the playoffs next week, the Mastodons will show their teeth. (Jessica Duarte – Don River and Umar Saeed – Rouge River).

See the game box scores here

See player stats here

See league standings here


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MILESTONES

Credit River
Rachel Small – 5th all time in career singles with 93 (up 1 spot!)
LJ Robinson – becomes 7th player in team history to reach 70 runs scored!
Michelle Roseman – becomes 58th player in league history to record at least 20 career singles! d
Linda Swanston – becomes 61st player in league history to record at least 15 career singles (up 5 spots!)
Colin Hastings – currently ranks 3rd in batting average this season with an .849 mark

Don River

Devin Clancy- becomes 7th player in league history to record 70 career singles (up 2 spots!)
Brianna Greaves -becomes 56th player in league history to record at least 25 career hits (up 3 spots!)
Darren Puscas – becomes 1st player in league history to record at least 60 hits in a single season!
Karen Campbell – becomes 41st player in league history to record at least 30 career singles (up 6 spots!)
Annelies Cooper – currently leads the league with 39 singles and is 2nd in batting average with an .851 mark!
Matthew Poggi- becomes 19th player in league history to record at least 10 career doubles!
Ryan Hayes – becomes 2nd player in league history to record 160 career runs batted in!

Humber River
Craig Fortier – continues to lead the league in doubles (22) on the season
Janine Caster -becomes 34th player in league history to reach 40 career hits (up 3 spots!)
Laura Pin – becomes 49th player in league history to reach 25 career singles (up 6 spots!)
Andrew Norton – T-10th in league history with 5 career home runs (up 1 spot!)
Jenny Chan -becomes 11th player in league history to scored at least 50 runs (52) (up 2 spots!)
Rocio Velasquez -T-32nd all time with 22 career runs scored (up 4 spots!)
Natalia Saavedra -T-20th all time with 9 career doubles (up 7 spots!)
Katie German – becomes 40th player in league history to record 35 career hits (up 2 spots!)
Richard Peters – becomes 8th player in league history to record 20 career doubles (up 2 spots!)

Rouge River
Karl Gardner – with 12 home runs this season, is 1 away from tying the single season mark (held by Adrian Rodill, 2007 and Karl Gardner 2016)
Lainie Basman- becomes 8th player in league history to record at least 70 career singles!
Kate Uffelman – T-42nd all time with 33 career hits (up 4 spots!)
Nav Sidhu – becomes 10th player all time to record 65 career singles (up 3 spots!)
Shelagh Pizey Allen – 59th player in league history to record 20 career hits (21)!
Andrew Stokes -currently tied for 2nd in runs scored on the season with 36!
Merle Davis – becomes 13th player in league history to record at least 60 career singles (up 2 spots!)
Rachele Clemente -ranks 6th all time with 66 at-bats in a single season!
Stu Schlusser- becomes the 35th player in league history to record 30 career hits (up 3 spots!)

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FIRSTS & Seconds

Doubles
Niloofar Golkar (2) – Credit River

Triples
Jo Jefferson (1) – Humber River

Home Runs
Terrance Luscombe (1) – Don River (1st of season, 3rd of career, T-14th on all time list)

Runs Scored
Meghan Wright (1) – Credit River

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ODDITIES

ALL TIME PLAYERS LIST (REACH 50 CAREER AT-BATS!!!)

 

Robin Smillie (Credit) (53), Jennifer Mussel (Don) (52), Andy Smith (Rouge) (51), and Jessica Duarte (Don) (50) become the 49th, 50th, 51st, and 52nd players in league history to record at least 50 at-bats and qualify as an all-time player in league history!!!!

50/50 CLUB

Robyn Letson (51) and Peter Demakos (50) become the 25th and 26th players in league history to record at least 50 hits and the first set of teammates to do so on the same night!

BALL IN CUP CHAMPION

Alex Brant (Credit) is the inaugural “Ball-In-Cup” champion and is also tied for 44th in league history with 28 career singles!

CYCLING CLUB

Yogi Acharya (Humber) with speed and persistence and Umar Saeed (Rouge) with power and a smooth glide each hit for the cycle (a single, double, triple, home run in the same game) with Umar Saeed powering up one more time for a second triple!!

 

August 20th 2017

GAME RECAPS

This week’s early match featured the charging Mastodons against the migrating Rainbow Trout and it was clear that a great collision was about to occur. The last game of the pre-eclipse 2017 era, the Field of Dreamer’s played under an usually sunny field as the last sweaty days of summer dripped with the sappy emotion of a Death Cab for Cutie song.  While the action on the field was filled with exciting plays, including Rachel Smalls over the head swings for base hits, in the stands, our weekly play-by-play announcer, Michael, stopped by to play a game he called “Five Innocent Questions” and though we only got through two of the five questions before a heroic 18-10 victory for the flapping fish, we did learn that: 1. Michael’s favourite city (outside of Toronto) is: Athens, Greece.  2. A meal that Micheal learned from his mother that he still makes to this day is: Potato Latkes. 3. Micheal is of Ukrainian descent and has been married a number of times. 4. The best part of Michael’s week is watching our ball games and yelling “Let’s Make Baseball!” – a phrase he is certain to have coined, confirming Umar & Jess’s suspicion from earlier in the season.

In the nighttime bill, the Humber River Hustle got some spot support from Dancing Deeve, Grooving Graeme, and Disco Darren as they went to work under the bright lights of SkyDome to face off with the “Only Dance Acceptable is Dance to Tune of Marching Band” Soviets who welcomed Comrade Ryan Hayes to bolster their Red Army. The Disco Divas played some stellar defence with Yogi Acharya notably snaring a Soviet Missile off the bat of the Jarl of Dufferinikov that left burn marks in his glove. While the Hustle got out to a good lead, the Ballsheviks gave them a red scare in the third inning with a powerful five run burst. But in the end, the Hustle brought some feel good levity to the austere communists and walked away with a 23-11 victory.

See the game box scores here

See player stats here

See league standings here


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MILESTONES

Credit River
Peter Demakos – 26th all time in career hits with 45 (up 8 spots!)
Linda Swanston – becomes the 66th player in league history to reach the 25 at-bat plateau (26)
Robin Smillie – T-51st all time with 22 career singles (up  6 spots!)
Robyn Letson – becomes the 20th player in league history to reach 30 career RBIs (up 3 spots!)

Don River

Jennifer Mussell – becomes 55th player in league history to reach 20 career hits (up 8 spots!)
Jessica Duarte – currently ranks 9th in the league in runs scored this season with 23!
Karen Campbell – 44th all time with 26 career singles (up 6 spots!)
Annelies Cooper – currently ranks 2nd in the league in singles this season with 33!
Darren Puscas – first player to break the single season record for at-bats (69) held by Devin Clancy (2016, 60), hits (53) held by Adrian Rodill (2007, 45), and triples (8) held by Francisco Villegas (2007, 7).
Noah Adams – T-22nd all time with 87 career at-bats (up 3 spots!)
Ryan Hayes – becomes the 2nd player in league history to pass 300 career at-bats (306)!
Terrance Luscombe – 11th all time with 7 career triples (up 1 spot!)

Humber River
Craig Fortier – first player in the league to break the single season record for doubles (19) held by Johann Juarez (2015, 18).
Janine Caster – becomes 37th player in league history to reach 60 at-bats plateau (up 3 spots!)
Jenny Chan – T-5th all time in career hits with 110 (up 1 spot!)
Jo Jefferson – becomes 15th player in league history to reach 35 career RBIs (up 3 spots!)
Andrew Norton – currently ranks 2nd in league batting average, posting an .857 mark thus far!
Richard Peters – T-21st all time in career hits with 53 (up 4 spots!)
Yogi Acharya – becomes the first player to break the single season singles record (35) set by Devin Clancy (2016, 33)!

Rouge River
Karl Gardner – T-6th all time in career doubles with 26 (up 1 spot!)
Kate Uffelman – T-46th in league history with 28 career hits (up 5 spots!)
Lainie Basman- T-12th all time in career at-bats with 122 (up 2 spots!)
Andrew Stokes – 33rd player in league history to reach 30 career singles (up 11 spots!)
Merle Davis – currently ranks 4th in the league with 61 at-bats this season (become 4th player (along with Darren Puscas, Karl Gardner, and Yogi Acharya) to break Devin Clancy’s record setting 60 at-bat mark in 2016)!
Rachele Clemente -T-44th all time with 29 career hits (up 7 spots!)
Umar Saeed – T-29th in league history with 5 career doubles (up 4 spots!)
Gita Madan- currently ranks 5th in the league with 60 at-bats this season!

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FIRSTS & Seconds

Runs Batted In
Graeme Bacque (2) – Humber River

Triples
Devin Clancy (1) – Don River

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ODDITIES

ALL TIME PLAYERS LIST (REACH 50 CAREER AT-BATS!!!)

Matthew Poggi (Don) (50), Katie German (Humber) (52), and Stuart Schlusser (54)  all moved above the 50 at-bat mark becoming the 42nd, 43rd, and the 44th players in league history to reach that mark!!

Ahead by a Century Fish

Colin Hastings (102) and Rachel Small (101) become the first set of teammates to reach the 100 hit plateau on the same night. They become 8th and 9th players in league history to reach that mark! 

Quarter Century Fish

Alex Brant (25) and Niloofar Golkar (25) become the first set of teammates to reach the 25 hit plateau on the same night. They become the 51st and 52nd players in league history to reach that mark!

Touch ‘Em All, Mira! 

Mira Dineen becomes the first super-sub in Field of Dreamer’s history recording a game played with all four river teams (Humber, Rouge, Don, and Credit)