With only two weeks remaining in the regular season, playoff seedings appear to be wide open at the top and bottom of the standings. Three points separarate the Markdale Raiders leading with 26 and the Hopeville Hurricanes in third with 23. Shelburne Schooners are currently the jam in the sandwich in second with 24. Flesherton Knights occupy 4th as they are holding the tie-breaker currently over the Feversham Fullbore each with 16. Dundalk Backline Bears have 12, Singhampton Sting 7 and Sighampton Royals 4 to round out the standings.
Monday night, The Hurricanes hosted the Schooners at Proton Township Community Park and saw the visitors sail home with a convincing 12-1 win. Justin Pogson recorded the win for Shelburne. Brad Crawford took the loss for Hopeville. The highlights of the game were defensive gems turned in by Matt Giles and Derek Glagow both with diving catches that snuffed potential rallies for the home squad.
Markdale and Singhampton Sting were also in action Monday night. Lyle Reynolds allowed only four hits to the Sting while striking out 8 in recording the win and shutout as the Raiders took an impressive 17-0 win. Kevin Thompson was a perfect 4 for 4 with 4 rbi and Steve Rutherford drove a 2 run homer to lead the offense.
Wednesday night saw action at three sites. The Schooners travelled to Flesherton to tangle with the Knights at Kinsmen Park looking to extend a lenghty winning streak. Despite jumping out to a 5 run first inning lead, it was not to be the Schooners night as Flesherton responded with 3 of their own followed up by 3 in the 3rd and a 5 run inning of their own in the 5th only to withstand a Shelburne rally and hold on to an 11-9 victory. Rick Hill delivered four hits out of the leadoff spot and scored twice. Karl Reidl had two hits and 3 runs batted in. Winning pitcher Chris Goudie had a complete game and helped his own cause with a homerun and sent 8 batters back to the bench by strikeouts. Justin Pogson took the loss being relieved by Steve Townson after not being able to record an out in the decisive fifth inning rally. Kevin White and Nate Elmore had three hits each and also scored two runs each for Shelburne.
The Hopeville Hurricanes were at Corey Graham Memorial Park in Feversham to play the Singhampton royals for the second time in less than a week. Again the Hurricanes offense delivered late rallies with 5 in the 6th inning and 7 in the 7th to turn a tie game into a decisive 19-10 win. Brad Herd recorded the complete game win for Hopeville. Jeff Elchuck drove a long home run to straight away centre field starting the seventh inning outburst. Rick Jamieson took the loss for the Royals. Dan Somerville continued an impressive individual season driving a home run for Singhampton.
The Singhampton Sting looked for revenge from the Monday night contest against the Raiders at Badjeros- Maple Valley Community Park. Ted Clarke got offensive support from Jordan Wright with a grand slam and 2 run shots from Luke Galbraith and and Bryan Hannon recording the win in a 15-12 final. Kyle Hepburn took the loss for Markdale, only their third of the season. Adam Nichols delivered three quarters of the cycle, missing out on the homerun. Stan Mackenzie reached base four times.
The weeks action concluded Thursday night, also at Badjeros Maple Valley Community Park with the Sting hosting the Dundalk Backline Bears. Three games in four nights caught upm to the Sting pitching staff in the 5th inning as the Bears sent 20 batters to the plate scoring 15 times turning an 8-6 game into a 23-6 final. Jordan Wright took the loss for the Sting. Josh Rowbotham saw avtion in relief. Ryan Aldcorn had two hits and drove in three. The Bears offense came from every spot in the lineup as all nine players scored runs. Cody McClinchey had four hits, Kyle Page and Rob Byers three each. Tim Purchase had a bases clearing triple and winning pitcher John Byers 2 doubles with 5 rbi. Chip Sturrock also contributed two doubles and drove in two.