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Pirates knock off first-place Indians in Vet Slo-pitch play

In Ancaster Vets Slo-pitch action, the plucky Pirates defeated the first-place Indians 13-7. Steve Davis led the Pirates’ defence with a solid performance in right. Jim Gaudry snared a hard line drive, while Scott Murray turned a slick double play. Rich Higgins led the Tribe with three hits and a magnificent catch. Slugger Doug Farrell added three hits and speedy John DeZoete had two.

The Giants eked out a 19-18 victory over the Orioles. Al Borsellino, who had already tripled, knocked in Dave Weir in the bottom of the seventh inning for the win. Rick Larose led the way defensively in support of pitcher Bob Harris. Grant Hill pounded the ball and speedster Des Dufresne had an inside-the-park homer in the fifth. Matt DiTomasso, Larry Sbrega, Glenn Herrell and solid third-sacker Neil Panabaker each tripled for the Orange Birds.

The Braves moved into a tie for first place with an 18-3 drubbing of the Tigers. Brian Carey, Mark Edmondson and Paul Capoferri went five-for-five, and Mark Cheshire was outstanding at third. Lyle Bentham caught a tough fly ball for an out, and Don Nikulka flashed the cowhide. Tiger Dave McInnis did a commendable job pitching, while shortstop Andy Price and outfielder Hank Vipari provided support.

The Cards roared back to thump the Sox 32-6. Dave Sawatsky, Doug Parsons and Ron Edwards were perfect at the dish. Joey Sweeney sparkled at second, and Mike Taylor made a diving catch.

The Jays held off a rally by the Marlins to win 12-11. Phil Tiessen had three hits, including a homer. Ron Lacroix pitched a brilliant game, and Joey Sweeney shone at second. Andrew Lemmex had two long blasts for the Marlins, and Don French pitched a superb game. Paul Bolduc hit the ball hard each time up.

The Dodgers won 28-15 over the A’s. James Turner hit a cannon-shot over the far left-centre fence after consecutive triples by John Sullivan, Chris Chevalier and captain Phil Tiessen.

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