In Ancaster Vet Slo-Pitch action on Sunday, mighty James Turner set a league record with five homers in five swings to lead the Dodgers over the Pirates 30-9. Chris Chevalier launched two moon shots and Mike Harris pitched a great game. Dave Harrington was a force at second base, and Richard Brooks had another great game. The Pirates’ bats woke up in the fifth inning with a rally led by Dom D’Avilla, Jim Banyard, Ken Hockey, Ken Boyko and shortstop Wayne Watson, who also snagged a hot liner.
The Marlins outlasted the Braves in a slugfest 18-16. Rick McKenzie had a superb game, and captain Fran Stechey hammered the ball. Paul Bolduc was terrific in centre field. Paul Capoferri led the Braves with four hits, with help from Mark Edmondson and Serge Fappiano. Brian Carey played a strong left, and Jean Marc Leclair had a hot glove.
The hard-hitting Sox prevailed over the A’s and strong winds 17-11, led by Art Rinsma. Rob McKenzie homered and doubled twice, and Reg Sinac went three for three with two doubles. Bill Snyder and Bob Wilt made up a great right side of the infield, and Darren Stockley shook off broken toes and tendonitis to play some spirited defence. Carl Fiamelli, Ray D’Andrade, Danny Nelson and Brian McKeown combined for 13 hits for the A’s. D’Andrade turned a smooth double play.
The Indians hammered the Jays 17-4 behind the four hits of Doug Farrell, including a grand slam. Rob Cavalieri and Rick Pearson pitched a terrific game and had three hits each. Grizzled veterans Bill Pridmore and Mike Hiltz added two hits each. Jeff McQueen hauled in four long drives. Sluggers John Delaney and Joel Smith homered for the Jays. John Parret played well in left and Wayne Daniels made a great catch and tag at third.
The Giants defeated the Cardinals 22-13 while crushing the ball for a total of 39 hits. Des Dufresne, Rich Gunter and Al Borsolino had four hits each, as did Grant Hill, who belted one over the fence. Greg Wilson smacked three hits and drove in four. Bob Harpur and Tony Salerno had hot outfield gloves in support of pitchers Doug Day and Bob Harris. Bob McDermott and Doug Parsons had four hits each for the Cards.
The Tigers held on to edge the Orioles 19-18. Pat Moulden had a monster day at the plate with three dingers. Speedy Dane Moffatt ran like a deer around the bases, and Jim Royce had an outstanding game. Larry Sbrega hit for the cycle to lead the Orioles, and Larry Travale had three hits, including a double.
Matt DiTomasso cracked three extra base hits, and Clarence Baker lined three singles. Catcher Glenn Freeman made two outstanding plays, including nailing a player at home on a relay from Matt DiTomasso to Neil Panabaker.