The June 4th early match was a defensive nailbiter between small but mighty iterations of the Credit River Rainbow Trouts and the Rouge River Ballsheviks, ending in a 11-10 victory for the Trouts – their first of the season. Don’t let the low score fool you: bats were firing on both sides. An early ground-rule double for Andy Smith and a three-run homer for Umar Saeed of the Ballsheviks were supplemented by tons of singles to load the bases and drive in runs, with Shelagh Pizey-Allen and Rachele Clemente finding perfect holes in the field. The Ballsheviks were robbed of more than a few scoring opportunities due spectacular catches by the Trouts’ outfielders, with Alex Brant making – in this writer’s humble opinion – the most jaw-dropping scoop of the game. Another weird and wonderful defensive highlight belongs to Lainie Basman and Ness Dixon of the Ballsheviks, who worked together to handle a pop-fly close to the third base line. Trout bats were firing on all fronts, with a pair of home runs by Johann Juarez and doubles by LJ (“Laser-Jay”) Robinson and everyone else batting at least one single – none sweeter, though, than TH Vega’s wicked lefty walk-off (Robyn Letson – Credit River).
A rainy morning couldn’t keep the Dreamers off the field on June 4. The Humber River Hustle and the Don River Mastodons faced off in the second game of the night on the slippery field, in a high-action game. Defensive plays featured spectacular dives in the outfield: notably a dive by Craig Fortier from the Humber River Hustle, who lunged fearlessly towards a flyball hit by Noah Adams in the second inning, barely missing it. Then, in the bottom of the third inning Matthew Poggi and Devin Clancy displayed their own defensive chops, diving to catch the Hustle’s flyballs twice, almost succeeding.
The Mastodons dominated second base, with Annalies Cooper posting outs three innings in a row, Karen Campbell posting two outs at first, and Jessica Duarte posting two outs at second in a single inning! These outs are attributable to a perfect display of teamwork, with impeccable fielding on the part of short stops Darren Puscas, Matthew Poggi, Terrance Luscombe and Ryan Hayes. The Hustle dominated the offense with hard-hit balls that were burning gloves all night. One of the highlights of the game came at the top of the sixth with bases loaded, the Hustle maxed out the five-run rule with an inning-ending longball hit by Richard Peters, with the crowd roaring. The lights on the field went out before both teams went home in high spirits, as another night of our favourite team sport came to a close (Jessica Duarte & Karen Campbell – Don River)
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Peter Demakos – 41st player in league history to reach 15 career hits
Niloofar Golkar – 60th player in league history to reach 6 career singles
Colin Hastings – 6th all time in career runs batted in with 62 (up 1 spot)
Robyn Letson – T-17th all time in runs scored with 23 (up 1 spot)
Johann Juarez – 2nd all time in career home runs with 33 (up 1 spot)
LJ Robinson – 4th player in league history to reach 175 career at bats!
Alex Brant – joins 10 other players in recording 6 career hits!
TH Vega – 46th all time in career at-bats with 18 (up 5 spots!)
Terrance Luscombe – 15 career doubles T-8th all time (up 2 spots)
Matthew Poggi – 10 runs scored T-36th all time (up 10 spots!)
Karen Campbell – 10 career hits T46th all time (up 15 spots!)
Darren Puscas – 5 doubles T-18th all time list (13 spots!)
Devin Clancy – 67 career hits, T-11th all time (up 1 spot!)
Brianna Greaves – 6 career hits, T-62nd all time (up 18 spots!)
Ryan Hayes – becomes 1st player in league history to reach 115 singles
Noah Adams – 35 career singles, 16th all time (up 4 spots!)
Reena Reddy – 23 career runs batted in, T-15th all time (up 4 spots)
Janine Caster – 13 career hits, T-44th all time (up 3 spots)
Jenny Chan – 39 runs scored, 12th all time (up 1 spot)
Laura Pin – 16 career at-bats, T-48th all time (up 16 spots)
Craig Fortier – 1st player in league history to reach 25 career triples
Jo Jefferson – 13th player in league history to reach 25 runs batted in
Rocio Velasquez – 66 career at-bats, T-23rd all time (up 5 spots!)
Natalia Saavedra – with another double, .333 slugging percentage (SLG) ranks 12th all time
Richard Peters – 30th player in league history to record 4 career doubles
Umar Saeed – becomes 13th player in league history with at least 2 career home runs
Ness Dixon 77th player in league history with 8 career at-bats (up 4 spots!)
Shelagh Pizey-Allen – T-51st all time in career singles with 7 (up 19 spots!)
Gita Madan – T-58th all time in career at-bats with 13 (up 13 spots!)
Andy Smith – T-31st all time with 3 career doubles (up 16 spots!)
Lainie Basman – 12th player in league history to reach 100 career at-bats (101)!
Rachele Clemente – T-61st with 5 career singles (up 20 spots!)
Kate Uffelman – T-51st all time with 14 career at-bats (up 16 spots!)
Andrew Stokes – T-9th all time with 3 career triples (up 5 spots!)
Robin Smillie (Credit) – 7 hits in 14 at bats with 3 runs scored and 3 runs batted in
Katie German (Humber) – Currently leads the league with 16 at-bats this season!
Near Perfect Start
Jessica Duarte (Don) – First player in league history to start their career 9/10 in hits!
Set It Up and Rack Em
Jennifer Mussell (Don) – Becomes latest player to begin career scoring each time they reach base (6 times!)
Singles Bar Specialist
Annelies Cooper – leads all players this season with 12 singles!