In Ancaster Vets playoff action, the Braves and Orioles won all their games to set up a titanic battle for a first-class ticket to the final.
The Braves edged the Jays 6-4 and thumped the Indians 21-7. Chris Chevalier’s three-run blast and Steve Warrick’s solo shot made the difference. Captain Brian Carey belted a triple. Geoff Burman pitched brilliantly with solid relief from Chuck Paglia. Mark Cheshire helped with a surprising double play. Mario Sardo had three hits in the second tilt. Don Nikulka and Tim Blore had golden gloves in the outfield.
The Orioles scored 10 early runs and held on to beat the Dodgers 10-7. Doug Parsons played a brilliant shortstop and cracked two hits. Larry Sbrega was three for three with a double, and Clarence Baker hammered two doubles. Dave Sawatzki, John King and Brian McKeown made fine outfield snags, and Rob McKenzie made an acrobatic catch in support of Mike Gustar’s fine pitching.
The Dodgers kept their hopes alive by edging the Jays 9-8. Red hot Paul Bolduc won the game with a bases-loaded single in the seventh to score an alert Mike Harris. Dave Harrington had a perfect day at bat, and Marvin Gunderman had another fine day.
Phil Tiessen ripped the ball in both games, and Des Dufresne played his usual stellar shortstop and crushed one over the fence. Don Low reached base in both games and made a nice grab on a foul tip.
The Indians rode the fine hitting of John Delaney and Bill Irvine to edge the Pirates 9-8. Dave Skrzek and Richard Brooks had two hits each. Ron Lacroix pitched another outstanding game. In their earlier victory over the Cards, Bruce Lawson, Paul McKinney, Bill Irvine, and Ian Johnson swung hot bats. Darren Stockley dashed home to score the winning run in the seventh.
Before the game, both teams observed a minute of silence to remember former player and sponsor Bill Dickens, who passed away last week. He will be missed.
The Giants defeated the Tigers 14-11 with power hitting by pitcher Jim Gaudry. Dan Carter had a fine game, and Dave Brakewell snagged a liner to end a rally.
The Cards, Jays, and Pirates had inspired performances, finally eliminated in close games that could have gone either way. Cardinal pitcher Ron Edwards was tough to hit all weekend, and outfielder John DeZoete made a sensational catch.
Frank Hruska pitched two spectacular games on Saturday for the short-handed Jays, holding the powerhouse Braves to six runs.
Randy Crispo and Mark Edmondson held the fort on Sunday, winning one and just falling short in the second.
Ron Pongetti and Greg Best smacked line drives all weekend, and one-armed Steve Oulahen played inspired ball.
The Pirates won two tough games and just fell short against the Indians. Wayne Watson and Wayne Daniels hit and fielded brilliantly. Dom D’Avella, John Parrett, Ken Boyko and John Ribbecon hit well, and Andy Price flashed the cowhide in centre field.