In Ancaster Vet Slo-Pitch action, the Giants celebrated the return of Des Dufresne and Jim Staios with two wins, an 8-6 trimming of the Cards and an impressive 14-5 drubbing of the first-place Braves. Bob Harpur’s clutch hitting and Staios’ great fielding led to the victory over the Redbirds. Grant Hill and Bob Harris combined for a timely double play. Cards pitcher Ron Edwards was outstanding in defeat. Doug Day and Dave Weir pitched brilliantly in the win over the Braves.
The Tigers held on to squelch a late-game rally to win 8-6 over the White Sox. Hank Vipari made a key catch in support of solid pitcher Ken Moulden. Dane Moffat, Russ McLeod, and Dave McInnis hit the ball hard. Rob McKenzie, Dave Lindley and Bill Snyder hammered the ball for the hard-luck Sox, while Gord Kudlowich was solid in left.
The Pirates beat the Marlins 15-10. Wayne Watson, Steve Davis, Ken Hockley, Rob North, Jim Banyard and captain John Ribbecom swung hot bats. Shortstop Len Brandino and outfielder Steve Davis had great all-around games, and Scott Murray was air-tight in the infield. Frank Stechey, Rick McKenzie and Bob Parsons were perfect at the plate for the Marlins, and menacing Pete Grubac doubled.
The Jays scored six runs in the fifth on the way to a 18-17 squeaker over the Orioles. Jose Pelegrin belted a three-run triple, and Rolph King added three hits and some good fielding. John Parrett made a spectacular catch in left to preserve the victory. Matt DiTommaso and Glenn Herrell pounded the ball for the Orioles.
The Dodgers won their fourth straight by scoring two runs in the seventh to beat the Cards. Bruce Lawson belted five hits and five runs. John Sullivan crushed the ball for a four-for-four day, and Jim Jenks cracked three hits and a sacrifice fly. Bob McDermott belted a big triple for the Cards, and Tim Blore was outstanding with the bat and glove.
The Indians took over first place overall with a 24-5 victory over the A’s. Doug Farrell launched a two-run shot over the far fence to lead the tribe. Rob Cavalieri, Ed Salwach and Frank Troisi were perfect at the dish. Rich Pearson, Don Pente and Brian Hitzroth added three hits. Speedy catcher Keith Beaver gathered in two foul pops, and outfielder Jeff McQueen made a sensational catch to save three runs. John Donovan, Carl Fiamelli and Henry Kirchner had three hits each to lead the A’s. Ray D’Andrade scored twice.