Men's baseball league not in good shape
When only four or five players from a team show up for a game, you know something’s not right.
That’s what happened last Wednesday with the Boss Pressure Red Sox and the Widewater Eagles. Both teams scrounged up two or three subs, but the Red Sox ended up having to play the game one man short. The impression for anyone watching was not that great - more like a game of scrub than serious senior league ball.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but Harry Bartlett, the manager of the Red Sox, says the shortage of players is getting so bad, his team is talking about closing up shop.
“That would make it a three-team league,” he says. “That’s not good.”
The question is: ‘where have all the ball players gone?
The answer is unclear, but as of Friday morning, Bartlett said the Sox aren’t going to fold and will try to fulfill their commitments.
Last week only two games were played. On Monday June 18 in Wabasca, the Indians beat the Slave Lake Cardinals 3 – 1. In Wednesday’s game the Eagles beat the Red Sox 7 – 5.
Thursday’s game between the Eagles and the Cardinals and the Cardinals was postponed.
With all teams having played three games, the Eagles are on top with three wins and no losses. The three other teams are all at one win and two losses, but Wabasca gets second place in the standings due to a favourable ratio of runs for to runs against. Boss Pressure is rated third and the Cardinals bring up the rear.
This week’s Wednesday game has Boss Pressure tangling with the Cardinals and on Thursday, the Eagles are due to take on the Indians in Wabasca.
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