SUMMER HEAT & COLD SWEATS
The first truly warm June evening welcomed the Dreamers to the field for Week 6 of the season! A beautiful evening at SkyDome had spirits as high as 70% of the Trinity Bellwoods crowd. A cool breeze made for some excellent baseball weather and it meant for two high scoring affairs!
Would the Humber River Haze continue to shroud their undefeated streak in mystery or would the Rouge River Raccoons find an opening to the Humber green bin? Would the Garrison Creek Glimmer sparkle towards their first victory of the season or would the Credit River Care Bears’ stare be too intense?
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Photo Credit: Victoria Barnett 🙂
HUMBER RIVER HAZE @ ROUGE RIVER RACCOONS
Coming off a bye week, the Humber River Haze came to the ball park with a mission to smoke out the Raccoons and keep possession of first place in the league. The Raccoons, however, had other plans as they had been up for many nights planning and scheming for a chance to climb the league standings ladder. The sun shone brightly as both teams took the field wearing the shimmering yellows and reds of their respectives houses.
It was Rouge River who came out ahead in the first. Backed by some stellar hitting by bandits, Sena Hussain, Nat Saavedra, and Lauren Marshall, the procyons played a little touch-and-go until David “The Raven” Ravensbergen quoth “never more” with a 2 run scoring double! In Humber’s half of the inning, the Haze were terrorized by Phill “The Baseball Dyson Monster” Morgan on defence, who lined up with LJ Robinson and Yogi Acharya to thwart any possible smokescreen. After 1 inning, the score was 3-0 Rouge.
Humber, however, had the Raccoons right where they wanted them and in the preceding 4 innings, they weaved, floated, and danced around the bases like little puffs the magic dragons. Alex Brant, Samira Banihashemi, Jill Aoki-Barrett, Oskar Eliashevsky, Robin Smillie and Sarah Peek were all kindling and tinder for the big blasts off the bats of Richard Peters, Andy Smith and Adam Dirks. The Haze was flowing thick and they put up 16 runs in those 4 innings! The Raccoons, though off to a hot start, felt the heat of the Haze but they also took the ball deep numerous times. Phill Morgan and Stu Schussler combined to hit a pair of Home Runs in the middle innings and the Trash Pandas trailed going into the last inning by a score of 16-12.
Just when it looked like the Haze would once again blaze to victory, a backdraft occurred which let the air out of the sails of the Humber faithful. As night began to fall, the Raccoons put together a stunning 6th inning! Sena, Nat, David, Lauren, and LJ strung together hits that drew the score to 16-14. With two outs, the Raccoons turned the lineup over like a piece of organic matter mixed into the black bins. Not sure if it was possible to accomplish but with great desire, they pecked away some more, with Stuart Schussler starting the two out rally, 5 more runs would cross and the Raccoons of Rouge would lead 19-16 going into the final frame. Undeterred, the Haze began to simmer and Samira, Jill, Robin and Adam singed the lead down to 19-18….but a dramatic line drive off the bat of Sarah Peek nestled in the glove of one of the feisty Raccoons and they preserved their victory 19-18.
CREDIT RIVER CARE BEARS @ GARRISON CREEK GLIMMER
The evening matchup featured the starstruck Glimmer who had come off a hard fought loss to the Don of the Dead last week and the awe shucks Care Bears who narrowly escaped the plot of No Heart & Beastly to win their their first game of the season against the Raccoons of Rouge.
It was the Care Bears who dipped into the honey pot first in this game with a three run first capped by the fancy hitting of Bashful Heart Bear, Victoria Barnett and Pink Power Bear, Alie Hermanutz – the loveable ursus found themselves up 3-0. But there was a glimmer in the forrest to be sure as Garrison found their sparkle and shine in the 2nd inning. Led by the constellation of Luke Fox, Krysta Williams, and Andrew Stokes, Garrison went supersonic in the 2nd inning to pull ahead 5-3.
The third inning saw an explosion of cares and glimmers as both teams maxed out with 5 runs. First, the cubbies put up big numbers thanks to some excellent hitting by Grumpy Bear, Terrance Luscombe, and Heartsong Bear Rees Nam, followed by some excellent base running by Tenderheart Robyn Letson and Forrest Friend Bear Jenny Chan. Then the glimmer spread some glitter around the field thanks to a supernova explosion off the bats of Danielle Benton, Paulina Rousseau, Yogi Acharya, and Colin Hastings among other notable luminaries. After three innings it was Glimmer 10 – Care Bears 8.
The fourth inning proved to be about the 9 minute mark in a Care Bears episode where the loveable ursus were at the risk of being defeated by their foe only to come together and realize that as individuals they were weak, but as a collective they were strong. And so it was, that Hopeful Heart bear, Lainie Basman and her throng of supporters urged the ursus to regroup, to cheer, and to get back on the diamond! And what a big difference, doubles by Gummy Bear, Craig Fortier and Shine-A-Lot bear Michelle Kidd set the stage for a celestial turning of the tides. In the bottom half of the inning the Glimmer were contained to only 2 shooting stars and at the end of 4, the score now stood Care Bears 13 – Glimmer 12.
It was the fifth inning where the ethereal super sonic sound of Night Hawks distracted all those playing in Right Field…especially bird enthusiast bear Jenny Chan and the cosmic rays seemed to stop the balls from flying as neither team scored. At the end of 5 the score remained 13-12 and though the teams attempted to play a 6th and decisive inning, the Lord of Light would not allow it and the flood lamps vanished at 10:50pm.
The Final Score was Credit River 13 – Garrison Creek 12.
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
Victoria Barnett – becomes 86th player in league history to reach 10 career singles!
Jenny Chan- currently ranks 13th on the all-time list with 72 career runs scored!
Rees Nam – becomes 105th player in league history to reach 11 career at-bats!
Terrance Luscombe – becomes 15th player in league history to record 80 career singles (82)!
Robyn Letson – becomes 27th player in league history to score 45 career runs!
Alie Hermanutz – see oddities below!
Craig Fortier– see oddities below!
Michelle Kidd – see oddities below!
Lainie Basman – currently ranks 14th on the all-time list with 173 career at-bats!
Laura Pin – currently ranks 38th on the all-time list with 47 career singles!
No Don of the Dead player played this week.
Adam Dirks – becomes 58th player in league history to reach 3 career doubles!
Oskar Eliashevsky – see oddities below!
Alex Brant – becomes the 30th player in league history to reach 120 career at-bats (121)!
Samira Baniahashemi- becomes the 75th player in league history to reach 15 career singles!
Richard Peters – currently ranks 7th on the all-time list with 34 career doubles!
Jill Aoki-Barrett – becomes 57th player in league history to reach 18 career runs scored!
Robin Smillie – becomes 39th player in league history to reach 45 career singles!
Sarah Peek – becomes 108th player in league history to reach 10 career at-bats!
Andy Smith- becomes the 12th player in league history to reach 10 career triples!
Stuart Schussler – becomes the 18th player in league history to hit 4 career home runs! Also becomes one of 6 players ever to hit for the CYCLE!
Yogi Acharya – see oddities below!
Lauren Marshall – becomes the 101st player in league history to reach 8 career hits!
Phill Morgan – becomes 22nd player in league history to reach 3 career home runs!
Sena Hussain – see oddities below!
David Ravensbergen – becomes 84th player in league history to reach 13 career hits!
LJ Robinson – becomes the 5th player in league history to reach 130 career singles (131)!
Nat Saavedra – becomes 29th player in league history to reach 75 career hits!
Kaleigh McGregor-Bales – becomes 80th player in league history with 14 career hits!
Colin Hastings – currently ranks 4th in career doubles with 47!
Paulina Rousseau– see oddities below!!
Danielle Benton– becomes 103rd player in league history to record at least 12 career at-bats!
Krysta Williams – becomes 81st player in league history to record at least 23 career at-bats!
Luke Fox – becomes 91st player in league history with 11 career hits!
Andrew Stokes – currently ranks 9th on the all-time list with 77 career runs batted in!
FIVE & DIME
Alie Hermanutz (Credit River) has currently reached 5 career hits and scored 5 career runs! This Care Bear from Credit sure knows how to bank their coin at the corner store!
SIX PENCE NONE THE RICHER
Oskar Eliashevsky (Humber River) has currently reached 6 career hits and 6 career runs batted in! This Hazy from Humber surely knowns how to kiss you beneath the milky twilight!
Hits: Paulina Rousseau – Garrison Creek (3)!
Doubles: Sena Hussain – Rouge River (1)
Craig Fortier – Credit River – becomes the first player in league history to reach 500 career at-bats! Will those knees hold out for 500 more?
Yogi Acharya – Rouge River – becomes the 10th player in league history to reach 100 career singles!
Michelle Kidd – Credit River – currently has 5 career hits, but three of those are doubles!