Fraser's heroics lift Jeff’s Bruisers to first-ever Beer League title
Hollywood couldn’t have scripted a better championship than the one that took place at Oriole Public School Wednesday night.
Dennis Fraser crushed a walk-off home run to centre field to give Jeff’s Bruisers a comeback 27-26 win over Alex’s Field Goals in the inaugural Beer League Championship – presented by Station Cold Brew.
In the decisive Game 3 of the Championship Series, the Field Goals appeared to have the victory in hand by the fifth inning, leading Jeff’s Bruisers 20-11. A two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth, however, allowed the Bruisers to not only close the gap, but take the lead with a total of 10 runs scoring in the inning.
Seemingly unfazed by the pressure of trailing in the sixth and final inning, the Field Goals posted a six-run inning with a triple from James Atkinson, big hits from Cam McOuat and Erik Evans and a key single from Kim McDonald. It’s important to note, Marc Laurier and John George both contributed singles in the inning with what they described as “rally darts” in their mouths.
Down 26-21, the bottom of the sixth got off to a rocky start for the Bruisers when Greg Snow posted his second strikeout of the night. Mike Hetherington would single on the next at-bat, but when Peter McInnis was robbed of a hit on a deep fly ball by Evans, all hope appeared lost.
The Bruisers, though, recorded four straight hits from Alex Sisam, Jeff Sisam, Erin Worgan and a hotly contested single from Charlie Dixon that flirted with foul territory. That brought shortstop Dennis Fraser to the plate, representing the tying run, with runners on first and second.
Fraser’s best hit of the night, a line drive towards centre field, had been robbed from him earlier by Cam McOuat. He entered the batter’s box determined to not make the same mistake twice.
On the first offering of the at-bat from pitcher John George, Fraser loaded and cranked a ball over the head on centre fielder Erik Evans and on the concrete in front of Oriole P.S. As Evans ran with everything he had, Erin and Charlie made their way safely to home. Fraser then rounded and third reached home before the Field Goals could even make an attempt to clinch the first-ever Beer League Championship – presented by Station Cold Brew - for the Bruisers.
“I knew this was my moment,” Fraser said after the game. “I hadn’t homered in a few weeks, but really I was just waiting for the right time.”
The tone was set early in Wednesday’s championship that both sides were willing to whatever was needed to record the win.
On the first at-bat Bruisers in the bottom of the first, first baseman Joseph Cannarozzo tagged Hetherington directly on the family jewels on a play that was too close to call. Despite Cannarozzo’s dirty tactic, the Field Goals still ruled Hetherington out and he was forced to limp back to the dugout in search of frozen peas.
Later in the game, Hetherington was on the opposite side of the coin, colliding with Gaby “Jacket” Pizzo as she tried to reach first. Despite Hetherington tackling Jacket prior to her reaching first base, Pizzo was still awarded the hit.
The Field Goals base running was up for debate all night long with multiple questionable lead offs from second baseman McOuat. It was Evan’s base running though that put all others to shame as he managed to take third base with him to avoid an out as he struggled to come to a stop in the fifth inning.
McOuat showed some early jitters in the championship game, juggling and eventually dropping an infield fly in the first inning. McOuat would later earn redemption with his aforementioned grab to deny Fraser in the third inning.
The Bruisers outfield shined bright on Wednesday night, with left fielder McInnis, centre fielder Dixon and right fielder Jeff Sisam limiting the damage from the Field Goals all night long. Once centre field rover Erin Worgan was thrown in to the mix, the Field Goals had no choice but try to keep their hits though.
In trying to dodge the strong outfield, slugger James Atkinson began the night with multiple line drive hit. In the fourth inning, though he hit pitcher Alex Deslauriers directly on the hip with a comebacker. Thankfully for the Bruisers, Deslauriers would remain in the game and struck out Cannarozzo just a short time later.
In the field, Atkinson put on a performance for the ages, coming up with diving stabs during an error-free outing. He was pushed for defensive MVP on his team by Evans, who ended two innings with fly ball catches in centre field. Evans’ girlfriend, Dominka Lis, mercifully put an end to the 10-run fifth inning from the Bruisers with a nice snag on a line drive.
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Alex’s Field goals own Game 1, crumble in Game 2 as Jeff’s Bruisers even series
Wednesday’s opening two playoff games saw opposite results on the field, with Alex’s Field Goals dominating Game 1, but falling in Game 2 to Jeff’s Bruisers.
Jeff’s Bruisers took a 1-0 lead through the first inning of Game 1, but failed to record a single run after that in an embarrassing loss. The Field Goals followed up their empty first inning with two four-run innings and finally an unprecedented 13-run fourth inning which led to the game being called at 22-1.
After a strong defensive first inning from the Bruisers, everything began to go downhill. Outfield rover Ben Bearisto camped out under a ball in centre field, but failed to come up with it. Right Fielder Erin Worgan was picked on consistently by James Atkinson, who had two ground-rule doubles hit to her area of the field. Second baseman Mike Hetherington was credited with two outs in the first inning, but his game dropped off from there with four errors being charged his way.
The Field Goals weren’t perfect in the field, but they managed to get out of jams with bases loaded in the third and kept Hetherington from scoring after he tripled to open the fourth inning. At the plate, Alex Krieger got off to a slow start with three singles before finally breaking out for the first over-the-fence home run of the season in the team’s massive fourth inning. Out for redemption after two strikeouts last week, John George found his ability to hit again while Marc Laurier, Atkinson and Evans recorded multi-base hits on the night.
The Bruisers had few highlights in Game 1, though one that made highlight packs around the world was Jeff Sisam’s brutal attack on Field Goals third baseman Gaby “Jacket” Pizzo. Desperate to kick start his team’s offence, Sisam lined a ball directly at Jacket’s chest leaving yet another female member of the league with a bruise.
There was plenty of debate prior to Game 2 as to whether new teams should be drawn since Game 1 was such a blowout. However, the Bruisers expressed their belief that the 22-1 loss was simply an anomaly and elected to keep their group together.
Just as he had opened the final inning of Game 1, Hetherington led off with a triple to start Game 2. This time, however, Peter McInnis brought him home and it was instantly clear this game would be different for the Bruisers.
The Field Goals would tie the game in the bottom of the first, but the Bruisers offence then caught fire with six runs in the second inning. With daylight fading, the Field Goals faced a do-or-die second inning down 7-1. The team managed to come up with one run, but were largely shutdown by pitcher Hetherington, whose inability to find the strike zone worked in his favour.
The final score of the two-inning Game 2 was 7-2 for the Bruisers, who refused to let the opposition put a damper on their victory.
“Did we win by 17 less runs than they did in Game 1? Yes. Did we play two less innings? Yes. Do I care? No,” Bruisers outfielder Charlie Dixon told TSN. “Look, our group came out and played inspired ball in Game 2 after that wake up call. We’re on to Game 3 and looking forward to taking home the trophy next week.”
Dixon was then informed there is no trophy due to budgetary reasons.
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Game 3 will take place next Wednesday at 6:30pm. Tell your boss you need to leave work early.
Team Luke Is Excited To Bat pulls away late to top Targeting Cedrics
Wednesday night’s game in the Beer League came down to the final inning, but a strong seventh inning from Luke Is Excited to Bat was enough to secure the 17-13 win over the Targeting Cedrics.
The two teams entered the seventh and final inning deadlocked at 12-12 after a five-run sixth inning from the Bat. The side featuring foreigner Luke wasn’t down there though, as they posted another five runs to take a 17-12 lead into the bottom of the seventh.
Alex Krieger led off the led off the bottom of the seventh for the Cedrics and recorded a triple in stunning fashion. After hitting to deep left field, Krieger was thinking home run, but left fielder Joe Cannarozzo got the ball back in play sooner than expected. As Krieger hustled around second, he lost his footing and fell in the grass. As he got up and continued towards third base, shortstop Juri Meema-Coleman chased him with the ball. A step behind, Juri tossed the ball to third baseman Meg Shields but Krieger dove head first to reach third safely.
Krieger’s spirited triple wasn’t enough to spark the Cedrics though, as the team managed to bring him in but failed to record another run in the twilight inning.
Prior to their strong final innings, the Lukes offence was largely held quiet on the night. The team managed just three runs in the four innings following their four-run first, largely due to the defensive prowess of the Cedrics.
Left fielder Charlie Dixon came up with two big grabs early, including one on leadoff hitter James Atkinson. After being burned on early hit to deep centre, Erik Evans found redemption with multiple pop-fly grabs in the field. Second baseman Mike Hetherington tracked a ball to shallow right field and made a catch while being chirped to end the fifth inning.
Cedrics shortstop Alex Krieger was accused of perhaps trying too hard to make an impact on the field Wednesday. In the sixth inning, Krieger sailed an underhand throw over towering first baseman Nick Boole and over the fence to advance two runners. In the seventh inning, Krieger threw his body at runner Peter McInnis while trying to tag him and literally helicoptered in the air before hitting the ground without the out.
The Cedrics, similar to the Lukes, also went cold in innings 2-4 but found their stride with a five-run fifth inning. The team was aptly named the Targeting Cedrics after all of their first-inning hits were targeted at right fielder Cedric Wgm, who struggled mightily early. Cedric would, however, come up with a big grab later in the night on Evans.
The Cedrics learned early to avoid centre field where newcomer Max came up with a sensational diving grab in the second inning.
The Lukes had multiple double-play opportunities on the night, but team namesake and foreigner Luke’s complete lack of knowledge of what to do with the ball once he got it on second forced the team to take one out at a time.
The team was, however, able to largely shut down heavy-hitter Boole on the night with McInnis and Max finding their way under each of his deep shots.
Finally, the pitching from Lukes All-Star Gaby “Jacket” Pizzo can’t be forgotten for its role in the team’s win Wednesday night. Aided by height-themed chirps from Luke, Pizzo struck out John George not once, but twice on the might. George was placed the on the six-day DL after the loss with a bruised ego.
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Cedrics third baseman Ben Baristo filed a formal complaint to the league following Wednesday’s game alleging shenanigans on the Lukes.
The incident in question occurred in the fourth inning of the contest. The play started with Baristo on first base and Hetherington at third with Krieger at the dish. Krieger launched a deep shot to right centre, bringing Hetherington home and sending Baristo around the bases. Upon reaching third Baristo saw a white ball come back into infield and stopped. Krieger, who had just hit a yellow ball, ran to third and when the yellow ball came back into play, Baristo was ruled out.
Baristo had hit a white ball to get on base, but it was sent over the fence on the next at-bat. It was replaced by a yellow ball while it was being retrieved. Given this circumstance, the league issued the following review:
“Given Baristo used the white ball in his at-bat, it is understandable for him to think it was still the ball in play. The Lukes also could have waited to throw the ball back in play during a break in the action. Therefore, it is the league’s final ruling that Baristo was wrongly called out and the Targeting Cedrics should be awarded an extra run, making the final score 17-14.”
With sunlight fading, there will only be two more games this season in the Beer League. The final two weeks will be a total run final with the majority (ideally) of the teams on Sept. 6 being kept intact on Sept. 13. Free up your calendar to attend both!
Hetherington flies too close to the sun, Cedric Dickeries escape with win
Wednesday’s game started as a dream, but ended as a nightmare for Yes We Can-narozzo star Mike Hetherington.
Hetherington hit a home run in his team’s first at-bat to open the game, and brought in three runs just minutes later on a triple he tried – but failed – to stretch into a home run. Both balls were hit past right fielder Maegen Shields, who disrespected Hetherington by moving in ahead of his hits.
Five innings later, though, with the game on the line, Hetherington let his team down.
The three team matchup between the Cedric Dickeries, Will’s Thrills and the Can-narozzos was hotly contested throughout the night.
The Dickeries, made up of Jeff Sisam, Shields, Cedric Wgm and Alex Deslauriers, started to pull away in the middle of the sixth inning, taking a 14-11-10 lead over the Can-narozzos and the Thrills.
The Thrills, boasting a lineup of James Atkinson, Cam McOuat, Will Benson and Mallory, had already been eliminated but embraced the role of spoiler in the field. In fact, it was strong grab by Atkinson in left field that ended the sixth inning for the Dickeries.
The Can-narozzos, who received balanced hitting all night from Joe Cannarozzo, Erin Worgan, Alex Sisam and Hetherington, managed to pull within one run of the tie with two outs and sent Hetherington to the plate with bases loaded and a chance to win the game.
Working in almost complete darkness with the sun having set, Hetherington fouled off the first two offerings from Deslauriers. The chirps began to fly in from defenders Sisam and Atkinson, who warned Hetherington that he was close to a real strikeout after having tried to call a fake one earlier in the night.
Hetherington, however, still looked confident in the batter’s box. With the count 0-2, Deslauriers delivered an outside slow pitch and slugger went chasing, missing the ball and ending his team’s hopes of a comeback. He threw the bat in anguish while both defensive teams celebrated.
“I take full credit for being in his head,” Atkinson, whose team still came third, said after the game. “The guy can hit the homer when the fans aren’t even in their seats yet, but when the pressure’s on he’s got nothing.”
Meanwhile, after celebrating his team’s victory, Dickeries slugger Sisam took a different tone.
“I thought all hope was lost. I mean, yeah it was super dark and I couldn’t have hit the ball, but we’re talking about a league legend here in Mike,” Sisam said. “I was trying to chirp him, but didn’t actually think there was any way he’d strikeout. Gotta thank the Sun gods for setting a little early tonight.”
Hetherington may have hit the first home run of the night, but he had plenty of company in the category. Cam McOuat launched two deep drives into the pavement between centre fielder Erin Worgan and right fielder Alex Sisam. Atkinson also made his way around the bases on a ball that got past Sisam in right field early in the contest.
McOuat and Atkinson, however, would go quiet later the night with both Sisam and Worgan coming up with clutch grabs on deep fly balls.
No one was more snake bitten at the plate on Wednesday, though, than Worgan. The third baseman/centre fielder launched a couple of deep drives to left field only to be burned by gold glover Jeff Sisam.
Playing in shortstop with the Yes We Can-narozzos at bat, Atkinson was showing his arm throughout the night. In the fifth innings, Atkinson took advantage of Cannarozzo admiring his hit to drill the ball over the first baseman Benson and record the out. Cannarozzo, who would have been safe if he’d just run upon making contact, learned a valuable lesson.
Also spending time at shortstop Wednesday, Hetherington came up with some not as pretty, yet still effective plays to record outs. A notable moment came when he knocked the ball down on the third base line and dove to touch second base for to get Wgm out on the force.
Playing second base, McOuat had a near highlight-reel play when he tried to toss the ball behind his back to Atkinson for an out at second. However, he’s not that coordinated and the ball fell well shy of the intended target, allowing the Can-narozzo runner to reach second safely.
Other heroics, of course, included plays from both Sisam siblings, Worgan, and big time catch or two from Cedric “Thunder Bat” Wgm.
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Liza’s Lizards rally for walk-off win over Will’s Racecars
Liza’s Lizards entered the bottom of the ninth inning down seven runs on Thursday night, but with daylight and hope fleeting, the Lizards managed to put together an incredible rally to pick up a walk-off 21-20 win.
Sparked by rookie Peter McInnis’ second home run of the night, the Lizards managed to bat around their order in the ninth inning and pick up the walk-off win with two outs to spare. Will’s Racecars posted two straight shutout innings entering the ninth, making their collapse all the more devastating.
The Lizards made a habit of erasing deficits on Thursday, as the game appeared to be over when the Racecars posted a nine-run third inning to take a 12-2 lead. That inning, though, was plagued by defensive errors by shortstop Cam McOuat, who simply couldn’t record an out when the ball was hit his way.
McOuat was moved by player/manager Erik Evans to third base after the disastrous inning and the change paid off as the Lizards posted three straight shutout innings, allowing their team to slowly close the 10-run gap and, eventually, take a one-run lead into the seventh inning.
With his team needing a spark trailing for the first time, Racecars second baseman Mike Hetherington crushed a deep shot to right field and, despite his slow-of-foot nature, managed to round the bases for his first home run of the season to tie the game at 13-13.
Sparked by Hetherington’s effort, the Racecars posted six runs in the eighth inning with Charlie Dixon, Johnny West and Joe Cannarozzo coming up with big hits as the team attempted expose new shortstop Cedric Wgm and his limited mobility from playing in jeans.
Perhaps too comfortable with their lead, the Racecars suffered multiple defensive miscues in the bottom of the ninth to allow the comeback to take place. Attempting to play the shift on Wgm, West moved Pizzo closer to second from her third base position and Wgm hit it directly to where Jacket had previously been. Right fielder Dominka Lis saw more action in the ninth than in any other inning and, while she kept the ball in front of her to limit damage, she couldn’t come up a diving highlight-reel catch when the team could’ve used one. Dixon, in left field, and Cannarozzo, in centre, were burned with balls that got over their heads, while Hetherington nearly took a ball to the face on an awkward bounce, and allowed a hit instead of sacrificing the body.
“If only we had Juri, maybe it would have been different” first baseman Will Benson said after the loss, referring to utility player Juri Meema-Coleman who left in the seventh inning to eat pizza while it was fresh.
Meanwhile, Evans, who wanted the win more than anyone else on Thursday, said he was always confident his team would come back.
“Never in doubt, bahd,” Evans told TSN as he joined his teammates to celebrate.
Making his league debut, McInnis wasted no time showing off his power at the plate, recording a home run in his first ever at-bat. McInnis continued find the outfield with his hits, but saved his strength for the ninth inning when he recorded his second homer of the night. McInnis attempted to pick on left fielder Dixon throughout the game, but struggled to pull the ball that far with home plate well right of its usual position due to flooding.
Completing the Cycle
League commissioner Hetherington had a career night on Thursday, hitting for the cycle in his team’s loss. Hetherington continually sent right fielder Maegen Shields running as the lefty pulled hit after hit. He started with two singles, before posting a double in the third inning, had his homer in the seventh and recorded a triple to score Pizzo from first in the eighth inning.
Jeff Sisam stole the show in centre field once again on Thursday night, coming up with on-the-run grabs to deny West on more than one occasion. Dueling left fielders McInnis and Dixon also came up strong grabs on deep fly balls hit their way.
West, using spikes to combat the wet grass, was his usual solid self at shortstop, while Hetherington ended the sixth running with an awkward, yet effective catch to rob Evans of a hit. Hetherington got a good scare the next inning though, when a strong hit by Liza Moore just missed making contact with the family jewels.
Sir, Sir, Sir! Oh wait, I mean Ma’am
Trying to pick on his girlfriend Dom in right field, Evans wound up putting a foul ball well over the right fence in the seventh inning. Just as the ball rolled down the street, a Jeep rolled by and league members begged the car to get the ball. Players politely yelled “Sir” at the car with their request and, after at least a minute of thinking about it, a girl got out of the car to retrieve the ball. Panic set in when the Jeep began to roll downhill as the girl threw the ball back into play, but it turned out she had been sitting in the backseat, not driving the car thus explaining why she wasn’t fazed when players yelled “your car’s getting away!”
Cannarozzo put a ball over the left field fence earlier in the game, but impressively Spidermanned his way over and back, delaying the game by only 30 seconds.
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Next week’s game is set for 7pm on August 1. See you then.
Jacket comes up big as Unbiased Mikes come back to down Liza’s Bruises in marathon game
With the long days of summer upon us, the two teams stretched their game to 13 innings on Wednesday night with the Unbiased Mikes finally taking the lead for the first time in the top of 13th and holding on to defeat Liza Bruises 30-26.
Pitcher Gaby “Jacket” Pizzo played the role of hero in the bottom of the 13th, sacrificing her body to set up the game-ending double play with the bases loaded. As a Will Benson line drive headed over her head, Pizzo reached up and knocked down the ball with her glove, allowing her team to pull off the 4-6-3 inning-ending double play.
Pizzo’s heroics were not without their cost, though, as Jacket suffered a broken nail on the play.
“Totally worth the cost of victory,” Pizzo said once she was done celebrating.
The early innings of the game had little celebrating for the Mikes, though, who went down 19-13 in the sixth inning, which included a home run for Jeff Sisam.
With top power hitter Johnny West being contained by Sisam’s big grabs in centre field, and Joe Cannarozzo going cold at the dish, the Mikes managed just five runs through the next five innings and entered the 12th inning down 24-18. Feeling the pressure, the Mikes then began their rally, focusing on exposing the holes in the Bruises unorthodox infield setup - two third baseman in rookie Virginia Hetherington and Meg Wilson with Dennis Fraser playing both second baseman and shortstop. The team went around the order with key singles from Alex Sisam, Kim McDonald, Theresa Goodfellow and Pizzo, while males Mike Hetherington, Cam McOuat, West and Cannarozzo came up with some clutch with multi-base hits. Bruises left fielder James Atkinson had a chance to end the rally, but his throw home hit the post of the cage, allowing McOuat to score safely.
The two teams entered the 13th and final inning tied 25-25, but the Mikes continued their momentum, opening a 30-26 lead. The Bruises loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of 13th and scored a run on Jeff Sisam’s single, but their promising rally fell short thanks to Pizzo’s heroics.
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This Isn’t Soccer
Bruises pitcher Liza Moore, who was back on the mound since Jeff Sisam was on her team this week, showed off her abilities as a multi-sport athlete to deny a run in the seventh inning. With two out and the bases loaded, Alex Sisam hit a dribbler towards the mound. With Pizzo hustling in from third, Moore booted the ball past home plate for the out to end the inning.
After a rules review, the play was determined to be legal and Moore was credited with recording the first-ever “kicking” out in league history.
Taking It In Stride
Kim McDonald had a solid night at the plate Wednesday, finishing with a batting average of .700. However, the night got off to rough start for McDonald, who missed warmup along with Erin Worgan.
Joining the field just in time for the bottom of the first inning, McDonald was hit in the shoulder by a fly ball right field hit by Dennis Fraser. Just a short time later, she was hit in the body by the ball as a runner after reaching home safely. McDonald took both incidents like a champ, providing a big morale boost to her team.
The defensive bar was raised on Wednesday with highlight reel grabs by Johnny West and Jeff Sisam. West, lining up close to second at shortstop, tracked a pop fly into foul territory on the third base line and made a sliding grab to end the seventh inning. Sisam, playing centre field, notched a sliding grab of his own to rob West of at least a double in the eighth.
Erin Worgan also came up with a big catch to take a hit away from McOuat in the 11th inning, but didn’t need to slide to pull it off. “Why get your legs dirty if you don’t need to?” said Worgan, whose shorts were notably shorter than those of West and Sisam.
What Was That?
Cam McOuat put himself on the blooper reel with a strange golf-like swing at a low ball on Wednesday night. McOuat hit the ball softly to Moore who passed it to Benson at third base to record the out at first. The Mikes centrefielder claimed he was simply trying to give the ball back to Moore since there was no back catcher, but his appeal was denied.
McOuat’s other blunder on the night came in the field, when he attempted to copy the form of an NHL goaltender and flash the leather on a deep fly ball. Unfortunately for Cam, he received no style points for dropping the ball, but on the bright side, he held James Atkinson to only single because he was laughing so hard.
Wednesday night. 6:50pm. See you there
Killing Cam’s Crew rally comes up just short, Cams Killers squeak out win
A ninth inning rally for Killing Cam’s Crew, which included an Ian Laci grand slam, put Cams Killers on their heels, but ultimately fell two runs short.
Cams Killers appeared to have put the game away by the fifth inning, when they led 20-3 and the frustration and disappointment of the Crew was palpable. However, the Crew bats began to wake up in the sixth inning, when they posted four runs, doubling their previous best inning.
Perhaps a little too comfortable, Cams Killers made error after error, including two by shortstop Mike Hetherington, in the seventh inning allowing the Crew to go through their order in a massive 12-run inning. The Killers lead then sat at just six runs, 25-19.
The Crew made up two more runs over quiet innings in the eighth and ninth innings. The Killers then added two runs to take a six-run lead into the 10th and final inning.
With two out in the bottom of the 10th, the Crew began their rally, loading the bases with the bottom of the order and sending leadoff hitter Laci to the plate. Laci crushed a ball to right field with narrowly slipped past outfielder Erin Worgan. Using his long legs and a gazelle-like stride, Laci managed to beat the throw home and record a rare grand slam. Johnny West followed Laci with a deep hit to left fielder Dennis Fraser, reaching third on a stand up triple.
Theresa Goodfellow stepped to the plate representing the tying run with West waiting anxiously on third. With her whole team standing in anticipation, Goodfellow hit a hard line drive left field but was robbed of a base hit by oft-maligned infielder Hetherington to end the game.
While tears streamed down the faces of the Crew, who came so close to an epic comeback, the praise rained down on Hetherington.
“Given the circumstance, it was probably the best defensive play of the season,” centre fielder Erik Evans told TSN of the catch after the game.
“It was my first game and I get to see a moment of league history? Wow, just wow,” Killers newcomer Dylan said.
“I still can’t believe he didn’t screw it up, I mean he’s pretty terrible with his glove,” always tough critic pitcher Cam McOuat added.
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Killing Cam's Crew
Playing in 30C heat, the ball appeared to flying longer than usual on Wednesday, with multiple players recording home runs on the night. Playing in Sperry’s, rookie Dylan was the first to round the bases with a solo homerun in the third inning. He was joined in the home run club for the Killers by Erik Evans, who almost caught Dylan while hustling hard to get home on his three-run shot. Hetherington, Fraser and Alex Deslauriers also had multi-base hits. Right fielder Erin Worgan had one of the best hits of the game, lining a hard grounder to left field for a standup double.
On the Crew, Laci and West showed off plenty of power, while Cannarozzo crashed back down to earth after a huge game last week. Cannarozzo, who had defenders yelling ‘banana’ last season, has been accused of juicing this season but no such claims were thrown out Wednesday.
Making her league debut in centre field, Shannon Gill was burned on a few occasions by the Killers, but made sure to pick up style points along the way. While chasing down a ball hit towards the pavement in centre, Gill ditched her stylish pink hat to make her look more aerodynamic and also cool.
A Foot for a Foot
Cannarozzo and Hetherington started a new rivalry on Wednesday night with Cannarozzo playing first base. In the first inning, Hetherington stepped on Joe’s foot while reaching first safely. An hour or so later, Cannarozzo purposely allowed West’s hard throw from shortstop to hit Hetherington’s foot in an act of revenge.
Four Strikes and You’re Still Not Out at the Old Ball Game
Greg Snow endured a tough at-bat in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game , missing the ball on four strikes. His team, however, would argue that the sun was in eyes and his hands sweaty from the heat and offer several other excuses to give him a fifth – yes, fifth – strike. Snow would make good on second extra strike, reaching first easily on a hit to right field. He would later score in the massive inning.
Hetherington wasn't the only one to come up with big catches on Wednesday. Shoutouts to Laci, Fraser, Evans and Alex Sisam for coming up big defensive plays on Wednesday night. You may have noticed for the first time West did not make the list. West called last night's game his worst defensive performance of the season.
After some debate on game dates, the Beer League will take the field again on Wednesday next week.
Joe’s Chiropractors pass Marc’s Dog Beers late for win; Ben’s Rookies left in dust
With the game moved to Tuesday night on a less than a day’s notice due to rain, the Beer League was forced to run three teams of four this week leading to a very competitive outing between two of the teams.
The game got off to a quiet start with Ben’s Rookies, then made up of Ben Barstool, Dennis Fraser and Greg Snow coming up empty in their at-bats – watch for a trend here. Joseph Cannorozzo showed up just then leading to the newly named Joe’s Chiropractors to acquire him and move Liza Moore to the Rookies for future considerations.
Marc’s Dog Beers dominated in their first appearance at the plate with Jonny West, Jeff Sisam, Dom Lis and Marc Laurier racking up 11 runs in the inning. Joe’s Chiropractors, led by big hits from Mike Hetherington, Erik Evans and Alex Sisam did their best to keep pace and put up nine runs of their own.
After that inning a six-run cap was put in place.
Over the following six innings, Ben’s Rookies failed to score a run, while the Dog Beers and Chiropractors traded runs. However, after several error-filled innings with the Chiropractors playing infield, including Hetherington deflecting a ball into his own head to allow a runner to reach second base safely, the shortstop duo of Evans and Hetherington found their stride and kept the Dog Beers to three runs in the eighth inning.
With a chance to erase the two-run deficit his team had carried for most of the game, Joe took over, blasting multiple hits to the deep outfield and leading the team to a max-out inning.
In the ninth inning, Dennis managed a deep hit to centre field and Rookies managed to cash him in for their first run of the game. They’d score two more in the inning in the feel good story of the night.
With the game on the line, Marc’s Dog Beers fell one run shy of taking the lead, giving commissioner Mike Hetherington his first win of the season, by a final score of 33-30-3 after the Chiropractors’ final at-bats.
Leaving a Mark
Jeff Sisam put the league on notice with his line drive hitting last week and nailed pitcher Liza Moore directly in the leg on Tuesday night. Moore hid the pain and stayed in the game at pitcher, while Hetherington attempted to get Sisam out with the hidden ball trick – an attempt that failed.
Despite the brave face, Moore was left with a gnarly bruise on the play and has been placed on the six-day DL.
The Dog Beers got a little extra help in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game when a dog attempted to join the game. However, the dog seemed to share his priorities with Laurier and quickly turned his attention to Marc’s beer, getting several good licks in on the top of the can.
Never one to waste good beer, Laurier continued to enjoy the beverage after the dog had moved on.
Rounding the Bases
Jonny West, Joe Cannorozzo and Erik Evans all managed to pull up inside-the-park home runs with their deep hits on Tuesday night. Joe, using his newly worked on back, crushed a grand slam in the sixth inning.
While West was almost wholly responsible for the near-shutout of the Rookies, others came up with some big plays in the field. Dominka and Alex Sisam both came up with big catches in the infield, while Greg Snow ended an inning with his on-the-run grab in right field. Barstool, in his league debut, showed some early jitters in centre field before coming up with some big grabs on deep hits by West later in the game.
See You Next Week
The Beer League will return to Wednesdays next week. See you at 6:50pm at Oriole on July 4.
Jacket’s Jackets run away with it once jerk kids clear the field at Oriole
Wednesday’s game got off to a slow start as the Beer League was forced to play small ball with oblivious or possibly just obnoxious parents and children standing in the outfield trying on lacrosse jerseys.
The intentional small ball actually proved to be a successful strategy for both teams though, as the score was 6-4 in favour of Jacket’s Jackets after two innings.
Once the field began to clear, though not fully, they training wheels were taken off and people began to swing for the fences. The tone setter came for Jonny West who crushed a deep shot to left field sending James’ Pants outfielder Alex Deslauriers on a hard chase to hold him to a triple.
The Pants took a commanding 14-8 lead with a seven-run fourth inning, but things quickly went downhill for James’ squad from there. The Pants managed just six innings, eventually being handed a blowout 33-19 loss.
A Night of Debuts
Four players made their softball debuts on Wednesday night, and all picked the W as members of Jackets’ Jackets, a squad named after rookie Gaby “Jacket” Pizzo. Pizzo proved to be sure-handed at third base, going error free at the hot corner on the night and consistently reaching base with her strong sprints. Meagen Shields, playing right field, quickly picked up on the tone of the league, attempting to reach home from second after an error by Mike Hetherington. She was burned by Hetherington’s throw home from his knees, but earned the praise of her teammates nonetheless. The other debutants were Sisam siblings Alex and Jeff, lining up at second base and centre field, respectively. Alex consistently found holes in the defence for singles, while Jeff hustled his way around the diamond, stretching an extra base out of every hit possible.
Putting on a Show
The competition level was raised on Wednesday night as players tried to put on a show for the kids watching/getting in the way. James Atkinson came up the highlight of the night on a sliding grab in right field to end the sixth inning. A short time later, Jeff Sisam attempted to replicate the feat, but the fell just shy of coming up with the spectacular grab.
It was a rough night for pitcher/centre fielder Greg Snow, who started 0-4 at the plate before finally recording a base hit. To make matters worse, Snow was chase after deep fly balls from West, Dennis Fraser, Jeff Sisam and Brian Williamson throughout the night.
Meg Wilson showed off her endurance during an error-filled play in the seventh inning on Wednesday. Standing at second base, Wilson ran on a pop-fly to Williamson in left field. Once Brian caught the ball, Wilson was had to run back to second, where the throw missed Alex Sisam, and then ran back to third before Fraser could get the ball to Jacket. It was both an impressive showing of endurance by Wilson and a shameful display of baseball by all involved.
Next week’s game will take place at 6:50pm, hopefully with no tykes in the way.
Lis’ blast lifts Greg’s Kegs over Kathy’s Killers after epic collapse
Wednesday’s game seemed to be well in hand for Kathy’s Killers, who held a 19-13 lead after scoring four runs in the top of ninth inning.
The Killers had allowed more than three runs in an inning just once on Wednesday – way back in the third inning – while Greg’s Kegs had struggled to record multi-base hits.
Perhaps it was over confidence, or just fatigue, but the Killers began to come unraveled defensively early in the bottom ninth, allowing singles on infield hits and opening the door towards a comeback.
By the time Kathy’s group knew what hit them, their lead was down to one with two outs on the board. The game became tied when Johnny West brought Cameron McOuat home from third on his 12th single of the game. After an Erik Evans single moved West to third, the game’s outcome rested solely on the shoulders of Domika Lis.
Dom, know her reaching first with her speed on infield hits, stared down pitcher Joseph Cannarozzo. On first, Evans lined up in a sprinters stance, hoping not to fall into the force at second. Lis watched a couple of pitches go by and then crushed the Cannarozzo offering over the outstretched arm of a diving shortstop Alex Krieger and into the outfield for the game-winning hit.
While the Kegs celebrated at home plate and with Dom, the Killers remained in the outfield, shocked. At the time of this writing, Krieger is believed to still be face-down on the third base line.
June 6 Rosters
That’s Gotta Hurt
Cannarozzo, who picked up multiple bruises while on the mound last season, picked up his first injury of the year on Wednesday night while trying to field a pop up. He camped out under the ball and appeared to have the situation under control, but then missed the ball which came down to hit him directly in his right nut.
He took an inning off pitching, but was soon back on the mound because Cedric couldn’t find the strikezone in his brief appearance.
Gold Glove : Greg Snow
Snow came up with the play of the game to deny Alex Krieger of a home run in the sixth inning. Kreiger crushed a deep shot to left field, where Snow was playing outfield for the first time this season. Displaying no signs of rust, Snow made a stunning on the run grab to record the out.
Honourable Mentions: Will Benson, Erin Worgan, West
Most Hustle/Biggest Jerk Award
It was a rough night for sluggers Johnny West and Alex Krieger, who were largely contained on the night by strong defence. On a hit down the first base line, Krieger sprinted towards second where could’ve had the stand-up double, but he pushed on and took advantage of an error by Liza Moore at third to turn the corner and score on an inside-the-park home run.
Needless to stay, the Kegs were not impressed by Krieger’s hustle.
Taking it in Stride
Brian Williamson emerged uninjured, but not unangry when he took a ball to head/neck area while reaching first base safely. Attempting to record the out from shortstop, West launched a slightly off target fast ball toward first and received earful from Williamson for it.
Lack of Equality
After ending an inning by calling Cedric for a strikeout, the Kegs twice allowed female batters four strikes in an at-bat. Gender Studies major Liza Moore stayed silent on the topic, while Cedric lamented having no one to share his strikeout shame with.
Next week’s game starts at 6:50pm et.
Dominators crush the Defenceless in blowout game
It was rough night at the park for the Defenceless, who struggles were easily summed up in the failures of player/coach/motivator Mike Hetherington.
Hetherington hit a triple on the game’s first at-bat and would score on a sacrifice by Dominka Lis on the at-bat, but the wheels then began to fall off for the Defenceless and their leader as they struggled to make any plays while fielding.
The Dominators took a nine-run lead in first inning with all eight players in their lineup recording a hit. By the time the third inning was over, the Defenceless were down 20-2 and the carnage was simply too much to bare, leading the two sides to restart at 0-0.
Hetherington finished with six errors in Game 1, most of which came after known dirtbag Alex Krieger laid him out with a takeout hit on a force play at second base.
Game 2 was more competitive, largely due to the defensive improvements of centre fielder Erik Evans and shortstop Nick Boole. Evans denied Krieger of multi-base hits twice, while Boole became a machine with his glove in the fifth inning recording two straight outs – which would have been three if not for an error by Hetherington.
Desperate for some semblance of glory, the Defenceless entered the fifth and final inning of Game 2 down by just one run. However, the team came up short once again and lost 10-9 thanks to consecutive scoreless innings.
May 30 Rosters
Tragedy of Errors
There were too many defensive gaffes to name for the Defenceless, the team’s low point appeared to come in the fourth inning of Game 2.
After John George pitched the usually powerful Krieger into a pop up to first base, Will Benson dropped the routine catch, leading Krieger to attempt to stretch his infield fly into a double. Benson picked up the ball and threw it behind Hetherington who was running to second. The ball went past Boole at shortstop and towards left fielder James Atkinson. Krieger beat Atkinson’s throw home for absolutely pitiful inside the park home run.
Third basewoman Kim McDonald showed off her arm in Game 1 while taking out the frustrations of her entire team on Krieger. McDonald tried to beat Krieger on a throw home and nailed him directly in the back of the neck.
A short time later, Krieger accused John George making the throw that hit him – a true testament to Kim’s arm… or George’s lack thereof…
The (Love) Light Was In My Eyes
Hetherington’s error-filled night included multiple instances where the 2017 All-Star failed to field hits by girlfriend Liza Moore. Hetherington was accused of gifting her bases, but the truth was he simply sucked on Wednesday night.
Working in Tandem
The Dominators’ pitcher-first base combination of Cam McOuat and Alex Deslauriers proved lethal on Wednesday night, recording outs routinely without the errors the league has become known for. McOuat’s highlight of the night came when he robbed McDonald of a base hit on a live drive hit directly at his head.
James Atkinson put on a performance for the ages with the Defenceless, legging out multiple hits into the deep outfield to hold the Dominators from running up the score any further. Later in the game while trying desperately to lead the rally, he hit a deep shot well foul, over the fence onto the south side of College View Ave. He would retrieve the ball after his at-bat though.
Triple A’s emerge victorious on Krieger’s walk off homer
Due to a few last minute cancellations and a no show or two, the Beer League resorted back to the unconventional three teams of four setup on Wednesday night.
The game came down to the final inning, which Joe’s Schmoes, consisting of Joe Cannorozzo, Theresa Goodfellow, Cedric Wgm and James Atkinson, opened with five runs to put themselves in the lead.
They would fall into second place quickly in the middle of the fifth inning though as the Relationships, featuring Dominka Lis, Erik Evans, Liza Moore and Mike Hetherington, loaded the bases twice, scoring six runs to take a four-run lead over the Triple A’s and a two-run lead over the Schmoes entering the game’s final segment.
The Triple A’s, named after original team members Alex Deslauriers, Alex Krieger and Anna Woodruff, had been joined in the fourth inning by latecomer Cam McOuat. Krieger flew out to centre field to open the inning, but the defence struggled to get stops from there. McOuat and Deslauriers both had multi-base hits and Woodruffs consistently reached first. The team was down two runs when Krieger stepped up to the plate with two runners on base. He blasted the Cannorozzo pitch in deep right field and reached home without a contested throw for the win in his first game of the year.
Most Inconsistent Hitter: Joe Cannarozzo
Cannarozzo struggled at the plate early in the game, failing to reach the outfield. However, Cannarozzo found his groove later in the game, recording a triple and a home run while catching the outfielders by surprise as his monstrous hits sailed over their heads.
Most Inconsistent Fielder: Mike Hetherington
It was a rough day for Hetherington in the outfield, who struggled to field three routine pop flies to centre field. Hetherington, though, came up with big plays on tougher opportunities, including snagging a Cannarozzo line drive which was aimed straight at his family jewels.
Worst Teammates: Anna Woodruff and Alex Krieger
Krieger took an odd strategy on Wednesday night, chirping not only his opponents, but also teammate Anna Woodruff. Needless to say, Woodruff did not appreciate Krieger’s commentary on the evening. Could be a storyline to watch this season moving forward.
Cutest Participant: Maisey McOuat
While her walker Cam McOuat isn’t much to look at, Maisey stole the show on Wednesday night, distracting players throughout the game from her spot by the bench. If league is short on player’s next week, Maisey may just get the call to recreate the 2002 smash hit: “Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch.”
Most Dangerous Play: James Atkinson
Known for his power at the plate, Atkinson was once again in peak form on Wednesday night, consistently finding the deep outfield. James’ powerful swing almost came back to haunt in him the third inning, though, when he hit a deep line drive to left field. The ball left Atkinson’s bat began travelling at an estimated speed of 74mph directly toward an innocent mother with her back turned to the game. Fortunately, the ball missed the woman by less than a foot as James recorded a double.
Warrior of the Game: Woodruff
Woodruff was forced to sit out for part of an inning after taking an Erik Evans line drive to the ankle while playing second base. The damage probably could have been worse, albeit not for Anna, as the liner zoomed past the ear of pitcher Alex Deslauriers. Erik reached first base safely and resisted the urge to savagely take second.
Woodruff would return to the game in time for her next at-bat, showing strong competitive spirit.
Best Line of the Game: Atkinson
After a foul ball from Liza Moore sailed over the fence and towards the garages on Braemar Ave., Atkinson did his best to be “overheard” by a woman walking her two dogs. As she approached the driveway where the ball had rolled to, Atkinson made his play.
“Oh no, that’s our only ball and we can’t play unless someone gets it for us,” Atkinson exclaimed loudly.
The play worked and woman retrieved the ball and received countless compliments in the process. You da real MVP, lady… but also James.
Zuckerman the hero, Laurier the zero as Small Ballers rally falls just short
Marc Laurier has spent his life dreaming of an opportunity like the one he got Wednesday night – a chance to overtake his grandfather in Canadian history.
Laurier stepped up to bat with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning, his Small Ballers down just one run with runners on first and third. The Montreal native was going for broke and fouled the first two pitches he saw on home run cuts.
With two outs and two strikes and no room left for error, Laurier began to hear chirps from the opposition referencing his earlier strikeout – the lone K of the game. He choked down on the bat and sent a line drive to left field, where he was robbed of glory by Homers shortstop Noah Zuckerman to end the game. Zuckerman had shifted left for Laurier’s at-bat and dropped to his knees to secure 15-14 win for the Homers.
May 9 Rosters
The game featured a quick start for the Homers as centrefielder James Atkinson cranked a solo home run on the first at-bat of the evening. The Small Ballers, led by defensive errors from shortstop Cam McOuat struggled to record three outs, allowing a total of five runs in the inning.
The Small Ballers would bounce back in the bottom of the first inning, though, scoring four runs after being buoyed by the arrival of outfielder Kim McDonald.
Defence was the story of the second inning, with the right side of the Small Ballers infield – pitcher Joe Cannorozo, first baseman Erik Evans and second baseman Mike Hetherington – retiring the first three Homers batters. The Homers then responded with a shutout inning of their own to keep their lead intact.
Back to the top of the order in the third inning, the Homers showed off their power once again with home runs from Atkinson and Nick ‘Too Cool fo’ School’ Boole. The Small Ballers would keep pace with two straight two-run innings, while the Homers were shutout again in the fourth inning.
The Homers picked up three runs in the fifth inning to take a four-run lead. That’s when self-named manager Mike Hetherington began the rally for the Small Ballers with a triple over the head of the always sure-handed right fielder Erin Worgan. Hetherington psyched up his team with their rally cry of “This Is How We Do It” and scored on Pierce ‘The Gun Show’ Kellam’s double for the first of four runs to tie the game heading to final inning.
The Homers loaded the bases in the top of the sixth inning to set-up Boole with a grand slam opportunity. With the Small Ballers set up in a prevent defence to avoid a base-clearing hit, Boole choked in the moment but managed still managaed to single on a short pop up to third base with the Small Ballers all set up in the outfield. The Homers would manage to record two runs on defensive miscues, including a shameful showing of coordination by Hetherington on a ground ball to second.
Down three in the bottom of the sixth, Dominant’ Dom Lis dropped a ground ball down the third base line and hustled her way to first and give the Small Ballers optimism early. Hetherington, attempting to take advantage of a shift from Zuckerman, hit a grounder to second baseman Brian Williamson, reaching first but getting Dom out in the process. McOuat, representing the tying run, came up big with a double, moving Hetherington to third. Kellam then scored Hetherington and moved McOuat to third in the process. Dennis Fraser, looking to be the hero, flied out to set up Laurier’s heartbreaking at-bat.
‘Just hit it on the ground’
Evans, next up in the batting order after Laurier, begged his ex-roommate to simply put the ball in play and give him a chance to be a hero. Laurier, however, was intent in playing the hero leaving the sleeveless Evans stranded in the on-deck circle.
After struggling mightily in the field, McOuat was swapped from shortstop to third base by the Small Ballers. Laurier fared slightly better, but was not with error against the Homers all-righty lineup.
A close call at third base led to third baseman Meg Wilson and McOuat playing a best-of-three game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine if he was safe or out. Since the play was not a force, McOuat was indeed safe, but that logic didn’t seem to work on the diamond Wednesday night. After losing the third round shooting scissors against rock, McOuat was called out.
Doing his best LeBron James impression, Hetherington hit deep to right field twice on Wednesday for stand-up triples. Cannorozo came up with a classic ground-rule triple in the fourth inning, which likely would have been a home run if not for the hole in the fence. Will Benson also smacked a triple for his biggest career hit.
The league will return to action on Wednesday, May 23.
Season opener ends in thrilling solo shot walk-off
Newcomer Ian picked the perfect time for the first home run of the season, lifting Cedric’s Entertainers over Pierce’s Sleeves 21-20 in the eighth inning in the Beer League opener on Saturday.
Ian showed off his power throughout the game, flying out to the outfield on multiple at-bats, but found an extra gear with one out in the eighth inning, sending the ball over the head of a desperate Will Benson in right field – who lost his hat while chasing the deep shot. Coming off wisdom teeth surgery just two days earlier, Ian beat the throw home in time for everyone to watch the Kentucky Derby.
The game got off to an ugly start as Cedric’s Entertainers made it through the order twice and opened up a 13-1 lead in the third inning. Led by consistent singles, the order of Brian Williamson, Anna Woodruff, Ian, Erin Worgan, Andrew Sinclair, Cedric Wgm, Dennis Fraser and Erik Evans preyed on the defensive weaknesses of Pierce’s Sleeves and opened discussions of a mercy rule.
However, Pierce’s Sleeves – who boasted a batting order of Mike Hetherington, Greg Snow, Will Sinclair, Pierce ‘The Gun Show’ Kellam, Theresa Goodfellow, Cam McOuat, Alex Deslauriers and Wil Benson - then rolled up theirs and cranked out 13 runs over the next three innings compared to just one from the far too comfortable Entertainers.
The unconventional two-inning overtime opened with two runs from the Sleeves, but was followed by a six-run inning from Cedric’s Entertainers, who suddenly remembered how to hit again. Needing four runs, the Sleeves came through with exactly that before Ian took the bat to their hopes of a victory.
Snowman Melts Down
Sleeves pitcher Greg Snow settled after the third inning, shutting down the once lethal offence of the Entertainers. However, under the pressure and the hot May sun the Snowman flaked and allowed six runs in the seventh inning.
‘Oh look, I hit it’
Sleeves infielder Cameron McOuat robbed himself of multiple hits by stopping to admire his work after making contact. McOuat’s play was in stark contrast to that of Entertainers third baseman Woodruff, who consistently reached base for the Entertainers on infield hits.
A Little Inside
Pitcher Cedric Wgm made it clear he wanted batters to back off the plate, throwing inside and occasionally behind batters. Wgm was warned about his antics and struggled when forced to throw within the strikezone for innings 3-8.
Both Dennis Fraser and Mike Hetherington felt some fear on Saturday when the ball left their bat. Fraser hooked the ball down the left field line and towards parked cars on College View. Luckily the ball hit a tree and rolled softly into the road.
Hetherington went the other way sending a ball well right along the foul line towards his own car. The ball, however, hit a branch and dropped into play for the first double of the season for the player/manager/respected commissioner.
‘Where’s my glove?’
The game’s biggest blooper came in the crucial sixth inning after Andrew Sinclair reached first base with one out. The following batter, Cedric sent a dribbler to second baseman Hetherington who quickly threw the ball to first for the out. In a league first, Sinclair reached up and caught the ball barehanded to get his own teammate out.
“I’d zoned out and as I reached for the ball, I suddenly thought, ‘where’s my glove?’” Sinclair said when asked about the incident on Saturday night.
The season regular season will take place on Wednesdays (hopefully) starting May 23, once park availability is determined. Stay tuned for updates.