In Ancaster Vet Slo-pitch action, John Ribbecon’s Pirates won their first game of the year in convincing fashion, thumping the first-place Indians 21-9. Pitcher Ken Boyko helped his own cause with a strong bat and was assisted by Wayne Watson, Mark Carlton, and Jim Banyard. Steve Davis, Jim Gaudry and coach Ribbecon hammered the ball as well. Quick Mark Carlton made a barehand stab to catch a foul ball. Lenny Brandino played well at short and Scott Murray starred in the outfield.
The Indians, missing the leadership and wisdom of legendary coach Bill Pridmore, couldn’t overcome the hungry Pirates.
Doug Day pitched an outstanding game as the Giants pounded the Orioles 11-1. The infield was terrific, secured by Rick Gunter, Des Dufresne, Greg Wilson and Rob Newman. Wilson had three hits, including a sit-down double, and Tony Salerno belted two triples and scored three times. Rob Parsons and Clarence Baker were bright spots for the Orioles.
The high-flying Braves upended the Tigers 10-7. Mario Sardo crushed the ball and Claudio Sartori swung a hot bat. Don Nikulka flew around the bases. Pitcher Geoff Burman held the hard-hitting Bengals to seven runs and made three outs with his glove. Paul Capoferri made a nice fly ball catch, and infielder Lyle Bentham showed off his dangerous arm. Battling brothers Ken and Mike Moulden combined for a seven-for-seven day at bat to lead the Tigers, and the outfield play of a rejuvenated Andy Price, Russ McLeod, and Dane Moffat was stellar.
The Sox bats exploded in an 18-4 victory to cool off the red-hot Cardinals. Super star Bill Snyder tripled twice with six RBIs and played a superb second base. Gord Kudlowich and Reg Sinasac were each an impressive for four for five. Chuck Gibon made some nice catches in right field in support of the excellent pitching and glovework of Tim Richardson. Even the impressive return of Tim Leitch was not enough to make the game close for the Redbirds. Ron Edwards made a great play at second, and youthful outfielder Tim Blore cracked three hits.
The Marlins edged the Jays 14-13, with a run in the bottom of the sixth before a thunderstorm ended baseball for the day. Brad Lockwood belted a grand slam, and Don French, Andrew Lemmex and Ken Lukas were perfect with the stick. Marvin Gunderman, inspired by Germany’s performance in the World Cup, made a spectacular catch in left. Darryl Ferguson was solid at third, and Bob Parsons did a fine job at short. Highly sought-after slugger Pete Grubac pounded the ball, but was unable to hit another blast over for far right-field fence. Rolph King and Dave Dykeman led the hard-luck Jays’ hitting attack, and Joel Smith had a fine all-around game.