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Play Ball 2021

The waiting is finally over ! After a 6 week delay our baseball season will begin on Friday June 18 with 16 teams eager to compete, albeit in a shortened schedule as was the case in 2020. This season will mark the return of several teams that were inactive in 2020 and competition across the three divisions should be intense.

The Robinson Division will have 6 teams for the first time since 2017. The 4 teams that competed in 2020; the Dodgers, Cardinals, Cubs and Jager Bombers will be joined by the 2019 champion Red Sox and by the new kids on the block, the White Sox.

In the John Gilmore Division both the Expos and Brewers will be back on the diamond after being absent last year and will try to reclaim a championship. The young Royals are also looking forward to the season in this division which will see the arrival of two former Clemente teams: the Padres and Caribooze. Both of those teams will bring some big bats and experience to the middle division.

In the Clemente Division the defending champion Geese will be challenged by the other 4 squads. The returning Astros will bring a potent lineup with great pitching, while the Rhinos could surprise several with a combination of young talent and experience. The Braves will try to replicate or improve on their great performance of 2020 when they finished second in the regular season while making it to the playoff finals. Last but not least House of David will look at using their blazing speed and airtight defence to claim the division.

To all our members, have a great season !

Around the Parks – Pre-season 2021

The Lakeshore Senior Baseball League held its first ever virtual meeting on Saturday February 27 with 17 teams represented. Several managers who were unable to compete last year with their squad are now eager to rejoin the League and this bodes well for a return to a three division format in 2021. Will the teams that played in 2020 show any significant advantage over those that did not ? Some will say that playing the game of baseball is somewhat like riding a bike. Time will tell.

A few rule changes were discussed and debated, eventually leading to a near unanimous consensus to adopt the changes this season. Among these, the base stealing limit has been raised to a 10 run lead, but it will also come with an automatic out should a base-runner steal with at least a 10 run lead. Regular season games will have a limit of 3 hit batters by a pitcher before he/she is removed, but this rule will be lifted for all divisions in the playoffs. Call-up rules have also been enhanced to not only give teams more options in fielding a team, but also to promote intra-league cooperation.

At this point we are closely monitoring announcements from Quebec as well as municipal authorities to finalize a schedule for the season. Meanwhile we have been at work revamping the web site for a fresh new look in 2021. On another positive note, municipal maintenance crews appear to be planning their work on both fields, which should correct some of the issues we have seen in recent seasons.

Since mid-March ganders of geese (not the ones managed by Chandler) have been seen flying overhead returning from the South, and this certainly adds to the optimism of seeing an early spring.

Which prompted a few die-hard league players to gather in a parking lot to get some early practice.

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In a division where all four teams were separated by less than 2 games it was going to be anyone’s call on the outcome. The Bombers met the Cardinals in the first of the Robinson semi finals and prevailed, with yet again a flurry of hits as they had done in the second half of the season. The other Robinson series featured the Cubs, coming off their best season ever, and Dodgers who in 2019 were runner up in the season and playoffs. After a decisive first game going to the Dodgers, game 2 was a close game in which the Cubs tried to even things out. Ultimately the Dodgers played sharp defence and their pitching strength came through in a 6-3 victory. In the finals, the Dodgers would host the Bombers in game 1. In a match that went back and forth along with some playoff flavoured chirping the teams found themselves playing extra innings. After an easy three up and three down top of the 8th, the Dodgers were at bat in the bottom of the inning and scored on a 2 out ground ball that was thrown home instead of at first. Game 2 featured again a game in which momentum shifted a few times. The Dodgers managed to hold off the Bombers’ big bats and built a 3 run lead late in the game, but a 3rd hit batter forced the young starter Anthony Porporino off the mound. This was a crucial momentum shift and the Bombers managed a dramatic comeback to push the series to the limit. 48 hours later on a beautiful but cool evening at Benevoles the biggest game of the season was awaited by the biggest crowd since Bill Lee dropped by in July 2019. Stands on both sides of the field were nearly filled to capacity, with several more catching the action standing behind the plate and along the fences. Dodgers ace and league leader in strike outs, Anthony Porporino, started on 2 days rest while the Bombers sent their pitching workhorse Tristan D’Silva to the mound. Two young pitchers, two different styles, but a common objective and both looked cool doing what they did best for their team all season. The teams exchanged a few runs early on but managed to stay away from the big inning. The Bombers were ahead 4-3 after 4 innings and whispers were already heard about potential extra innings. Things began unfolding in the 5th as the Bombers scored 4 runs on a couple of hits and miscues. The Dodgers retaliated promptly in the bottom of the inning with 3 of their own but the 4th run was thrown out at home on a strong throw from centre field. The Dodgers scored a run to make it 8-7 in the bottom of the 6th, but the Bombers again opened the gap in the top of the 7th with 4 more runs and a 12-7 lead. The Dodgers did get to Tyler Havlena in the bottom of the 7th, but not enough to overcome the deficit, and the Bombers won their first championship in their 3rd year at LSB.

The Clemente Divisional playoffs began with the Geese and Braves enjoying a by in virtue of their finish as first and second during the regular season. The 3rd place Orioles met the Padres in one of the series, with two very different styles facing each other. The Orioles’ sharp defence and pitching was facing an offensive line-up that could erupt at any time, and it certainly did early in the encounter. The Padres jumped all over the O’s for a 7-0 lead. The Orioles slowly nibbled away at the lead and tied the score in the 5th. The visiting Padres were not done offensively however and went ahead 11-9, headed to the bottom of the 7th and a potential first game upset. But once again, the Orioles poked away and scored 3 to take game one after nearly 3 hours of battle. Game two began the same way the first one ended, with a bunch or runs. After 4 innings the Padres held a 7-6 lead, and were hopeful to force a third game. The next two innings resulted in a flurry of runs, and at the end the Padres left the tying runs on base for a 15-13 Orioles win.

The other match up had the Royals and House of David, with game 1 resulting in a pitching dual. D. Golfman scattered 5 hits for a 5-2 win over J Solomon. With HoD declaring forfeit for game 2 the series went ahead to a decisive rubber match on a cool and damp evening. A battle of lefties between Solomon and Dusseault resulted in a few lead changes, until the Royals trailing 7-6 faced closer V. Rizzolo in the 7th and scraped a couple of runs after which they held on for an 8-7 victory and a meeting with the Geese.

With more than a week off, the Geese sent Kyle Hazel to the mound in game 1 against D Panasuk for the Royals who took a hard line drive in the stomach in the first inning but still managed to stick around for a complete game. The Geese won the game 6-0 outhitting the Royals 8-1. Game 2 was a similar outcome in which the Royals did come up with fine defensive plays, but a 3 run home run by M. Majeur to left center field was all the Geese needed. The game featured 58 year old Garry Vertolli getting one of the Royals 3 hits and making a stellar defensive play at second. The other semi also turned out to be a 2 game affair with the Braves prevailing over the Orioles. J. Sangiovanni was in fine form for game 1 helping his team to a 7-2 victory. Justin Lyman was also very sharp in game 2, with the Braves playing small ball while taking advantage a few miscues on defence for an 8-2 win and a trip to the final.

Game 1 of the Clemente Division Final on Sunday September 20 saw J Sangiovanni facing E Lalonde. The Braves were the only team to defeat the Geese during the regular season, and a win in game 1 would not exactly qualify as an upset. The Geese used their speed early on to put pressure on the Braves defence and by the top of the 5th inning led 11-0. The Braves came to bat facing a potential mercy situation, but managed to do something that had only happened once this season, that is to score 5 runs against the Geese in an inning and making it an 11-5 game. Each team exchanged a run in their next at bats, but in the bottom of the 6th the Geese put 4 more on the board and walked away with a 16-6 victory. Game two on September 22 coincided with Provincial authorities declaring a “Code Orange” in the greater Montreal area. Justin Lyman who put together a fine season as a starter faced M Majeur who 6 days earlier sent the Royals packing on a 3 hitter. The Geese scraped a few runs early but the Braves made key plays on defence to stay within striking distance after 4 innings, with a 4-1 Geese lead. The fifth and sixth innings saw the Geese adjusting their swings and putting a bunch of runs on the board, with the game ending 11-1 for the new Clemente Division champions.

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According to Environment Canada August 2020 was the second wettest in history, with 178 mm of rain vs 98 on average. This curve ball thrown by mother nature had to be dealt with at LSB to ensure the regular season would be completed on time. On several occasions some dedicated volunteers could be seen pumping water off the fields and prepping the diamond for evening games.

The final two weeks provided some exciting games, many of which had an impact on the final standings and consequently on the playoffs.

The Robinson Division turned into a 4 team race as the Bombers suddenly got hot in the second half while the Cubs put together their best season ever. Both teams finished tied but the Cubs are awarded 3rd place in virtue of the first tie-breaker which is runs against. In the season finale the Cubs and Bombers played a marathon game that ended 17-17.

Meanwhile the Cardinals who entered the League this year with several inexperienced players held on to first place in front of the Dodgers by one game. The Dodgers, despite finishing second, had the best run differential in the division and will be facing the Cubs in the first round. The other semi-final will feature the best defence, the Cards, vs the best offence, the Bombers. The four teams finished the regular season within 1 1/2 games of one another making it the tightest finish in years.

The Clemente Division was not nearly as tight but some interesting races emerged.

While the Geese maintained first place all season long, the Braves made a move early on and eventually took hold of the second spot in the division. This gives the Braves a by as they will await the winner of the Orioles – Padres series. These two teams feature very different styles, as the Orioles rely on pitching depth and defence, while the Padres have an offensive lineup that can explode at any time. House of David finished fourth with some momentum late in the season. The division has come to realize that their outfield can cover more real estate than Remax, with powerful arms worthy of the Clemente name. The Royals will be meeting them in the first round and are hopeful to cause an upset with their young pitchers. The winner of this series will be facing a huge challenge in meeting the Geese in the semis, but anything can happen.

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The summer of 2020 will be remembered for being very hot and humid with unstable air masses. The fourth week at LSB began under those conditions on Monday August 10, but mother nature turned kind on that evening allowing both games to be played. The Royals and Padres squared off on their second meeting in three days at Meades. Solomon faced Stevens and both pitchers started effectively. The Royals built an 8-3 lead which eroded to 8-7 by the time the 7th inning began. In the top M. Stojda helped his own cause scoring an insurance run and then closing the game in the bottom of the inning. Over at Benevoles the Cubs squared off with the Dodgers. The Cubs prevailed 16-10 with clutch hitting and three pitchers combining for the victory. New comers T DiTuri and L Deschamps had hot bats for the Cubs as they took their record to .500.

On Wednesday August 12 the lone game at Benevoles had the Geese vs House of David who called Reed Gilmore to take the mound. Reed was pitching for the first time in nearly a year and managed to keep his team in the game, exiting after 4 innings with a tied score at 5. But, as we have seen earlier this season, the Geese turned it on in the last 3 innings scoring 10 for a 15-5 win. The Braves hosted the Orioles on Thursday looking to stay within striking distance of first place of at least a by for the first round of playoffs. J. Sangiovanni scattered 8 hits while walking none over 6 innings for the win and a key victory for the Braves. In the loss veteran Tyler Lowe went 3 for 3.

The weekend matches began on Saturday Aug 15 with the Geese hosting the Padres. The Geese had everything going that day and prevailed 10-0. The following game featured the Braves @ Royals with J. Lyman getting another start against Dave Panasuk who was taking the mound for the first time in 2020. The game featured some great defensive plays on both sides and an exciting finish with the Braves scoring 2 runs in the top of the 7th to take a 7-6 lead which they held on to.

The first Sunday game saw an 8-8 tie between the Royals and House of David. J Solomon had a no-hitter after 4 innings but HoD nibbled away and exploded for 6 in the 7th for the draw. J Larson and A. Ciccia had base clearing triples for the Royals, while V Rizzolo did the same for HoD. The Cardinals and Dodgers played immediately after in a game that could impact first place. The Cardinals once again found ways to score with few hits edging the Dodgers 9-8 staging yet another late come back. Coach Andrew took the win over his Anthony who did record another 8 k’s to lead all pitchers in that category. The Cubs and Bombers closed out the evening and weekend at Meades. Despite being out hit 15-9 the Cubs took advantage of a few miscues and used their speed to prevail 12-9.

The Orioles and Padres squared off to start the week on Monday evening at Meades. C Stephens started against M. Ruiz and both of them looked effective early on. D. Cox hit a long homerun to center field which gave the Padres the lead. Pedro Caviedes responded with a line drive shot into the parking lot beyond right field to reclaim the lead for the Orioles. With the Orioles leading 10-8 and the Padres putting the tying run on base in the 7th Finnbar Sandy came in to pitch and saved the win. Over at Benevoles the Cubs were hoping to make it 4 wins in a row but it wasn’t meant to be. The Cardinals behind great pitching from J Lopriore won 9-4.

The Bombers and Dodgers met on Tuesday Aug. 18 in a match that followed a chaotic end to the previous encounter. Both teams had their hitting shoes on in a game that saw the Dodgers opening an 11-6 lead by the 5th inning. The Bombers came back late to tie the score at 11, and suddenly the game

was coming down to the 7th inning for a decision. The Bombers threatened in the top of the inning with base runners on but Dodgers ace Anthony Porporino came on in relief to put out the fire. In the bottom of the inning the Dodgers had the bases loaded with 2 outs and a hit batter forced in the winning run for a 12-11 final.

The Padres played the Geese on Wednesday hoping for an upset after a couple of one sided matched. M Lalonde started for the Padres and induced many Geese batters to hit ground balls for routine outs. Meanwhile K Hazel had a blazing fastball but the Padres managed 8 hits against him. With a few lead changes and a well played, fast paced game the Geese scored the go ahead run in the 6th and held on for a 4-3 win. The Royals and Braves met for the 3rd time this summer in another close game. Both starters went 5 respectable innings after which the Braves scored 3 in the bottom of the 6th. J Sangiovanni came on the close the door and give the Braves a season sweep of the Braves.

The early Saturday game had the Dodgers @ Cubs. The Dodgers built an 8-4 lead heading into the bottom of the 7th, when they could not get the 3rd and final out. The Cubs scored 5 runs to steal the game and place themselves again in contention for the division title in the Robinson Division. Over at Benevoles HoD caught the Orioles flat footed and short several regulars on their way to a 13-3 victory in which they got 15 hits.

The weekend closed out with wet weather that threatened the 3 games scheduled on Sunday Aug. 23. After some extra work to drain puddles from the infields we heard the magical “Play Ball”. The Bombers and Cardinals played a rare double header at Meades. In the early game the Bombers earned their first victory behind T D’Silva’s pitching and a home run by T Havlena. In the night cap the Cardinals bounced back with strong pitching from Jesse Lopriore for a 12-2 win. The win also maintains the Cards in 1st place by a full game over the Dodgers and Cubs. Meanwhile at Benevoles the young Royals were visiting the Orioles for the 3rd and last time this season. J Solomon faced M Jimenez, another lefty getting his first start. Both pitchers breezed along surrendering very few hits. The Royals combined a couple of singles and a hit batter to score their 2 runs. J Solomon pitched a couplete game, striking out 11 and giving up only 2 hits for a 2-1 victory

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After an abrupt end to week one on Sunday July 26 when a tropical storm-like system move through in the evening, week 2 began with the remnants of the same unstable air mass. Monday’s games were called early as both ball parks were more fit to accommodate fowl than fouls.

Tuesday July 28 brought a new wave of sunshine and blue skies for the Robinson Division match between the Dodgers and Bombers. The Dodgers ace, Anthony Porporino, started for the Dodgers while Tristan D’Silva who is developing into a fine pitcher was on the mound for the Bombers. The Dodgers hit early with 4 in the top of the 1st inning. The Bombers nibbled away in the next 3 innings to make it a 4-2 game and center fielder Marco Bauco made the defensive play of the night when he dove in for a catch and a throw to second base for a double play. That turned out to be insufficient however as the Dodgers scored 5 in the 4th and held on for a 10-4 win.

Thursday July 30 featured a fine game in the Clemente division with the Geese visiting the Braves. The Geese sent E Lalonde again to the mound to face a solid Braves lineup. J Grauer pitched the first inning for the Braves with J Sangiovanni taking over from the second inning on. The game was a pitching dual with several batters on both sides returning to their dug outs with bats on their shoulder. With the Geese hanging on to a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the 7th, the first two Braves reached 1st base bringing the potential tying run to the plate, but both runners were thrown out attempting to steal. E. Lalonde finally put an end to the game recording his 10th strike out.

Saturday was the first day of August and mother nature cooperated for the three games scheduled. The 5 pm game had the Braves visiting the Gease at Meades for a rematch. Justin Lyman who tossed a one hitter in the season opener started against J. Makhlouf. This was to be another hard fought one as both teams exchanged the lead early on. By the 5th inning the Braves built an 8-4 lead and brought in Ryan Laferriere in relief to hold the lead. But the Geese did strike back with 3 in the bottom of the 6th setting up a nail biter in the final inning. This time however the Braves had other plans and exploded for 7 runs and a 15-9 win. R. Laferriere who closed the game was on base 4 times for the Braves and scored 3 times. For the Geese Matt McAdams did all he could as lead off getting on base 5 times.

Over at Benevoles the other 5 pm game had the Cubs visiting the Dodgers. The Cubs hit early with 3 in the top of the 1st, but the Dodgers got those right back in the bottom of the inning. Both teams had 6 hits in the game but at the end the Dodgers prevailed by a score of 7-3.

In the 8 pm game the Orioles faced the Royals. Finbar Sandy was the starting pitcher for the defending champions while Andre Ciccia took to the mound for the Royals. Finbar was sharp and looked as good as a 25 year old, mixing a nasty breaking pitch with a lively fastball. The Orioles struck out in their first 4 at bats but then turned it on with 13 hits and a 12-1 win.


Sunday games again surrendered to mother nature’s wrath. The lone Monday evening game at Meades saw the Geese visiting the Padres. M. McAdam got the start for the Geese and tossed a one hitter for an 11-0 win. Manager Chandler led the charge with a home run that landed in the darkness of the playground behind left field. 

On Wednesday August 5 the Royals visited the Orioles at Benevoles looking for a better performance than the 12-1 mercy. This one turned out to be a pitching duel with M Ruiz prevailing over newcomer Josh Solomon. The Orioles held a 1-0 lead in the 5th when they opened the score and finally won 4-0.

Saturday August 8 was another hot and sunny day and that was just fine for a busy schedule on both fields. The 5 pm game at Meades was a rescheduled game between the Braves and House of David who were looking for a first win in 2020. They did exactly that as they put together a 21 hit barrage and a 16-6 win. In the loss the Braves hit a couple of HomeRuns, #3 for J Grauer and N. Desabrais’s first.

Over at Benevoles we also had a first win of the season, this one for the Cubs who prevailed decisively by a score of 11-1 over the Cardinals. E, Laferriere was the starter and winning pitcher for the Cubs. This game was followed by the Padres visiting the win less Royals. The Royals hit early for a 3-0 lead but the Padres retaliated with 4 in the 3rd, after which both teams exchanged the lead a few more times. Both teams’ infields had a rough evening and at the end the Royals prevailed by a score of 14-10 with M Stojda earning the win in relief. Over at Meades the Orioles and Geese were meeting for a battle of first place. The game saw great pitching on both sides, and a home run by B Watt of the Geese made the difference as they held on for a 4-3 win.

The week closed out with two Sunday games. House of David had Daniel Golfman on the mound facing Finnbar Sandy for the Orioles. HoD built a 4-0 lead with great pitching and defence and looked like they were going to upset the 2019 champions, but a late surge by the Orioles reversed the score to 5-4. The Orioles held on for the win and kept pace with the Geese for first place. Over at Meades the Dodgers prevailed over the Bombers 15-6.

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The season opener saw its first pitch at Parc des Benevoles on Sunday July 19. The Geese were visiting House of David on a day when both temperature and relative humidity were probably as high as they would have been in Miami or Houston.


The lefty for HoD took to the mound for the official first pitch of 2020. He managed to keep the young Geese off balance until the 3rd inning when they scored 5 runs. Meanwhile young pitcher E Lalonde had his arsenal working almost perfectly for a complete game shutout with a 10-0 final score.

On Monday night the Robinson Division saw its first game with the Dodgers visiting the Cubs at Benevoles on a splendid evening.

The Cubs took little time scoring the first run of the game showing their added speed, but young Dodger pitcher Anthony soon got into a groove and remained in control for a complete game win. The Dodgers took advantage of some walks and timely hitting to take a commanding lead and never looked back for a 15-1 victory.


Meanwhile over at Meades Park the match up featured the Braves and Padres. The Braves showed up with only 8 players and called a last minute spare. They took an early lead against Chris Stevens. Meanwhile Jon Sangiovanni acquired over the winter took to the mound for the Braves who built a 7-2 lead by the 4rth inning but Mike Lalonde launched a majestic shot to right field for a 3 run home run that narrowed the score to 7-5.

Ultimately the Braves exploded for 8 runs in the top of the 6th inning capped by a 3 run walk off HR by Jeremy Grauer.


On Tuesday July 21 it was the Robinson Division expansion Cardinals hosting the Jager Bombers.

For 6 innings the match was an impressive pitching dual, with Tristan D’Silva for the Bombers facing Cardinals Manager Andrew Porporino . The two pitchers kept opposing batters off balance, and both squads played sharp defence. In the top of the 7th inning the Bombers opened things up with a 4 run inning and a 5-1 lead. With only 3 outs to go the Cardinals put together a dramatic comeback with 5 in the bottom of the inning and an exciting 6-5 win. The Robinson division promises to be quite exciting this summer.


The defending Clemente Division playoff champions opened their season on July 23. The Orioles were home to the Braves who had out slugged the Padres a few nights earlier. The game turned out to be a pitcher’s dual, with right hander Jay Fiddler facing lefty Pedro Caviedes. Jay had a very effective arsenal of breaking and off speed pitches that kept most of the Orioles batters off balance. Meanwhile Pedro mixed a good fastball with a sharp slider all night scattering only 5 hits in 7 innings. On a night when runs were going to be scarce the Braves took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 5th. In the bottom of the inning however the Orioles put together a 4 run inning which proved to be the difference in a 5-3 win. Y Paradis drove in a couple in that decisive inning. J Grauer hit his 2nd home run for the Braves.

Saturday July 25 saw a rare 1 pm start between the Cardinals and Dodgers. The game featured siblings and close friends facing one another in a match that would determine the very early front runner in the division. J. Lopriore started for the Cardinals and had a very lively ball that gave him a total of 12 strikeouts in a complete game win. Despite getting only 4 hits the Cardinals, once more, found ways to take advantage of some walks and a few errors. The Dodgers were not as sharp as they had been in their season opener but young pitcher W Duforest showed some promising talent on the mound. The Cardinals prevailed 8-1 and have taken their record to 2-0.

Later in the afternoon HoD visited the Geese at Meades, and had a better game than in the opener. They took a 3-0 lead that held until the 4th inning when the Geese scored a pair, and in the 5th took the lead for good. The Geese ultimately won 11-3 with solid pitching.

In the evening the Royals opened their season hosting the Braves. Andre Ciccia was on the mound for the Royals while Justin Lyman, who often comes in as a reliever, started for the Braves. Justin looked quite impressive surrendering only 2 hits in six innings, while Andre had a good arsenal of breaking pitches including a knuckle ball. The powerful Braves lineup took an early lead and never looked back, with 6 runs in the top of the 7th to put an end to the game with a 12-2 final. Jon Sangiovanni who has often made the headlines with his pitching performances had four hits as the lead off batter for the Braves.

Sunday July 26 was an excruciatingly hot and humid day. The 5pm game game featured the Padres vs House of David at Benevoles. Both teams were looking for a first win in 2020 and HoD jumped all over the Padres to take a 10-2 lead. The Padres orchestrated a late comeback with 5 runs in tyhe 6th and 8 in the 7th to take a 16-10 lead which they held onto for a win. Both teams had their hitting shoes on with 31 total hits in the game.

The two evening matches at both fields were called after one inning when a sudden monsoon hit.