In Ancaster Vet Slopitch action, the Braves became the first team to defeat the Indians with an impressive 14-10 victory. Captain Brian Carey and Mark Cheshire led the Braves by going four-for-four. Geoff Burman pitched a terrific game against a tough offence, supported by the fine defense of Steve Oulahen, Dan Gies and Claudio Sartori.
Frank Troisi and Rick Pearson each had three hits for the Indians, and Rich Higgins and Keith Beaver swung hot bats. Don Pente and Ed Walwach made sensational diving catches to keep the game close.
The surging A’s scored eight runs in the sixth to overcome the Giants 17-13. Carl Fiamelli and Brian Davies belted four hits each, and Ron Jeffery smacked three. Henry Kirchner pitched a superb six innings , while shortstop Ray Beitz had a great game.
Des Dufresne starred again for the Giants with four hits. Rick Gunter had a hot hand in the infield and contributed some big RBIs. Tony Salerno flashed the cowhide and added three hits. Bob Harris and Dave Weir pitched a strong game.
The Cardinals thumped the Orioles 21-9 behind impressive hitting by Joe Gosselin and the four-for-five day of Steve Warrick. Barry Goldman made a great catch in right in support of outstanding pitching by Ron Edwards and Randy Crispo. Matt DiTommaso had a solid all-around game for the Orioles, and Larry Sbrega hammered the ball.
The Sox scored once in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge the Pirates 12-11. Art Rinska homered in a perfect hitting day, and Darren Stockley went three-for-three. Rob McKenzie had three hits and a walk, along with two RBI. Reg Sinasac fielded and hit well, and Bob Wilt and Gord Kudlowich supplied good defence.
The Pirates, who lost their second straight seventh-inning one-run game, were led by sluggers Rob North and Jim Banyard. Rob Winger and Jim Gaudry pitched a fine game.
The Tigers, down 15-10 in the top of the seventh, scored 11 runs to shock the Marlins 21-15. Dave McInnis and Russ McLeod had clutch hits and pitcher Ken Moulden nailed down the win with a scoreless seventh. Marvin Gunderman and Pete Grubac crushed the ball for the Marlins, and Rick McKenzie was a tower of strength in centre field.
The Dodgers were running on all cylinders in a 28-10 drubbing of the Jays. Chris Chevalier had three long blasts for extra-base hits, and captain Phil Tiessen hammered five hits in five at-bats. John Sullivan played a strong left field and was perfect at the plate. Frank Hruska hit the ball hard and pitched a terrific game for the win.
Jose Pelegrin belted a two-run shot to get the Jays to double figures, and star outfielder John Delaney hammered the ball. Ageless Dave Dykeman was perfect in three trips.