Monkton Saturday Evening

July 1, 2006

Monkton, ON

Game 12
Saskatoon vs Midland Explorers
Warming up for Midland, Mike Crawford.
And who walks onto the field but DOUG GILLIS, in Midland uniform, just one week after his stroke!
Welcome back Doug!
(and then he took warm ups!)
Midland Explorers:       6                      6R, 11H, 3E       
Saskatoon Aspen:         5                      5R, 5H, 1E         
Mike Crawford:            3 IP, 5R, 1ER, 4H, 2K, 2BB
Grant Patterson:            4 IP, 0R, 0ER, 1H, 1K, 0BB
C: Craig Crawford
Trevor Ether:                3.1 IP, 5R, 3ER, 5H, 1K, 1BB
Sean Whitten:               3.2 IP, 1R, 1ER, 4H, 5K, 0BB
C: Jim Climenhaha
For Midland:
Dave Frick, an RBI triple.
For Saskatoon:
Geoff Everly, a 3-run HR
Midland: good basic fastball, SAC’s to advance the runners; dug in and earned this one.
Game 13
Playoff Game Number 1
Patsy’s:                                    0                      0R, 1H, 2E         
Kitchener Hallman Twins:         7                      7R, 9H, 2E         
Todd Martin:                            5 IP, 0R, 0ER, 1H, 9K, 5BB
C: Chris Shewfelt
Gerald Muizelaar:                     4.1 IP, 5R, 5ER, 6H, 3K, 4BB
Adam Folkard:                         0.2 IP, 2R, 2ER, 2H, 1K, 2BB
C: Frank deGroat
For Kitchener:
Jody Eidt, a towering home run in the 5th
Evan Boyd 2 singles
Bill Simmons drove in the winning mercy run in the B5, making it 7-0 and an escape from the threatening lightening storm and rain that had been moving in through the game.
Kitchener scored 4 runs in bottom of the 2nd inning, and almost made it 5, but for a close call at the plate.
Bill Simmons hit a hard single in the bottom of the 5th to drive in the 7th run to make it a mercy.
A one hit game for Todd Martin, with five walks given up to this big team from NYC.
Usually a 7-0 score, especially a mercy indicates a lop sided game, I did not feel this one was that way at all. Kitchener scratched out every run the hard way, nothing came easy, a lot of singles, some lucky bounces, some bloopers by Patsy’s, but gritty ball game for the Twins who thoroughly entertained the partisan crowd with this one.
Kudos to home plate umpire Jay Hart on this one, its tough enough keeping tabs on two top level teams like this but Jay also had to contend with a rain storm, then a lightening storm. Keeping a cool head he had the score keepers doing double duty counting the time between heavy lightening flashes in the east and the time it took for the thunder to sound. Everyone did their best to make sure this was an official game in case it was called due to weather. Jay stopped the game twice for about ten minutes each until the rain slowed down, constantly keeping an eye on the approaching lightening. At no time did it come close enough to call it, but it was getting close and then finally the extra two runs by Kitchener in the B5 put a lid on it, a 7-0 mercy in five innings.
A good sized crowd stuck it out and enjoyed an exciting game.
1. County Materials      2W      1L
2. Orillia Riversharks    2W      1L
3. Patsy’s                     2W      1L
4. Heflin Gremlins         0W      3L        Eliminated
1. The Farm Tavern      2W      1L
2. Kitchener Twins       2W      1L
3. Midland Explorers    1W      2L
4. Saskatoon Aspen     1W      2L        Eliminated