In Ancaster Vets Slo-Pitch action on Sunday, the undefeated Indians outlasted the Marlins 18-13, led by Rob Cavalieri and Frank Troisi. Ed Salwach, Rich Higgins, John De Zoete and Jeff McQueen delivered four hits apiece and spark plug Keith Beaver tore up the base paths. Andrew Lemmex and Gord Winger played their first game of the year and were perfect at the plate. Slugger Pete Grubac had a mighty day at bat, with a homer, triple and two doubles. Ken Lukas tipped a line drive to an alert Gord Wiltshire, who quickly fired to second for a double play.
The Orioles thumped the Pirates 23-3 behind the superb pitching of Frank Accommando, who added five hits. Larry Travale had five hits and scored five runs. Matt DiTommaso added four hits, including a three-run shot and started several twin killings at short. Clarence Baker had four hits and was a vacuum cleaner at first. Ken Dunhill had three hits, including a triple, and ageless Neil Panabaker added two doubles.
The Braves were in A tight game going until the top of the seventh inning, when
they exploded for fourteen runs over the Sox to run away with the game 26-12.
Don Nikulka and Steve Oulahen homered for the Braves. Bill Snyder slugged a
grand slam along with two other hits for the Sox, and Art Rinsma went four for four. Venerable captain Dave Lindley had a three-for-four day. Dan Carter made a great catch on a liner to third, and Reg Sinasac made some great plays in right. Darren Stockley was his usual relieable self with the glove.
The Dodgers fell behind 11-5 and roared back with nine runs in the sixth and seventh to edge the plucky Tigers 14-12. Bruce Lawson made a fine catch in centre and had three hits, and Phil Tiessen blasted a two-run homer in the seventh. Dave Brakewell added three hits and made a tough catch in the sun to support Frank Hruska’s fine pitching. Russ McLeod and Gary Brown each went four for four to lead the Tigers, and Pat Moulden belted a three-run homer. Jack Jung and a mostly-recovered Andy Price tracked everything hit at them.
Rick Gunter’s well-oiled Giants machine defeated the hard-hitting Jays 20-11. Des Dufresne and Grant Hill provided four hits and four runs each. Dave Weir reached base all four times at bat and pitched two stingy innings in relief.
Doug Day wielded a hot glove. John Delaney blasted a long home run to right for the Jays, and newcomer Bob Ward said hello to his new team with a strong outfield glove and a three-for-four day. Wayne Daniels had a stellar all-around game, and outfielder Joel Smith stared into the sun and made a wonderful catch.