The 2021 season began with a nasty curve ball thrown by mother nature on June 18 forcing the postponement of both games. This was followed by an absolutely splendid weekend which saw 9 games played in ideal conditions at both fields.
The month of June is a short one for our baseball season but a few trends are already taking shape across the 3 divisions.
The 6 team Robinson Division saw the new White Sox jump out of the gates with 2 wins and a solid lineup. Not to be outdone the Cubs also won their two opening games, including an 8 inning thriller. The Dodgers are back with pretty well the same well balanced team that features good speed and solid pitching. Despite loosing their first 2 games the ace of the staff, A. J. Porporino had a great 8 inning outing in which he struck out 13. The Cardinals will try again to play small ball with a young team flanked by a few veterans and so far have won 2 of 3 games. The Jager Bombers split their first two games with a roster similar to the one that won the 2020 Championship. The Red Sox are back and despite starting 0 and 3 have shown a positive trend as their bats have come to life with a 17 hit performance on June 27th. Manager A. Randle has hit the first home run of the 2021 season.
The John Gilmore Division is back in 2021, albeit with a different look. The Caribooze and Padres have joined the middle division after spending several years in the Clemente. The season opener saw the returning Expos take on the Caribooze in what turned out to be a fine game with good pitching on both sides. S Laberge and M.A. Lachance combined on a 6 hitter to help the Expos prevail 6-3. A few days later the Expos got their second win 7-6 over the Padres who promptly returned the favour with a 4-1 victory on June 27th. The Brewers and Royals squared off in their season opener and played an exciting game in which the lead changed several times. The Royals used some aggressive base running to generate some offense and ultimately prevailed 10-7.
In the Clemente Division the defending champion Geese are off to a 2-0 start with the returning Rhinos only half a game behind with a 2 and 1 record. The Astros are back and won their opener 3-1 over House of David thanks to a great pitching performance by J. Olson. The Braves and House of David both closed the month with 1 and 2 records. The two squads played an 8 inning game on June 20 in which House of David finally prevailed 6-5 with both teams getting great pitching. The Braves won their first game of the 2021 convincingly 10-4 over the Astros with yet another stellar pitching performance by J. Sangiovanni.