Well, we're getting into the dog days of summer now. The time of year in the Northern Hemisphere when the weather is (supposed to, anyway) heat up, and the sultry, steamy nights in the city send hordes of Canadians off on vacation to northern cottages and campsites where they can take nighttime dips in dark lakes, and the sound of loons and crackling campfires replace the city's wailing sirens and the constant chirp of the television.
In fact, as I write this I am sitting, not at a desk, but on a bed at the cottage with the board-game, PAYDAY, precariously close to the edge of the mattress; for certain, it will soon fall off and I will have to pick up all the pieces. I will not move it though. I'll leave it to fate.
It's the time of year when you see some odd formations of teams in the KFL. You see some guys playing positions you did not realize they could play. You see seven familiar faces on the bench, and two call-ups with mismatched uniforms. It's vacation time and its the time of year for short benches and, “Don't you get hurt. We've got six regulars out tonight.” Or, “Whatta ya mean ya gotta work late?” It's vacation time!
It's the time of year when teams with deep benches really take hold in the standings. Let's take a look.
On Monday night Nick Laurette took player of the game honours as the Kings trumped the Predators 9 – 0. And that wasn't the Kings' only move this past week. They also checked the Classics 11 – 6, and moved up to third place in the Red division. Might be checkmate as far as their bid for the A-side playoffs go – their closest division rivals, the Bulldogs and the Predators both went 0 for 2 in their games in week 9.
In the other Monday night game, the 37s tied the Jays. (Jays are still undefeated!) This after beating the Diamond Jaxx in week 7. Another good game for a team that just keeps on getting positive results.
Unfortunately, for the 37s, they are chasing the Selects, and the Selects are one of those teams that just keep on winning. They are quietly putting together a really good season with two more wins in week 9. With a record of 9 and 3, the Selects hold onto third place in the Black division. It seems like they are patiently waiting for the Jays to falter.
Another team that is putting together a really good season is the Smoke. Two more wins this week puts them solidly in second place in the Red division. With a record of 9 and 6, they have to be thinking A-side finals all the way.
And the PAYDAY just fell off the bed. I knew it would. I'll have to hunt under the bed for dice and gather all the mail cards before I pack up my stuff to head home, back to the city, back to ball next week.
See you at the ballpark in week 11.
The KFL - Week Eight in Review
Holy cow am I a little behind here. It’s been a busy week and a busy weekend and it looks like a busy week ahead. I might have to keep this short and very matter-of-fact. I haven’t even checked the scores or the standing since last Sunday. Let me take a minute to pull up the KFL website and look back and …. Well, what do you know - rainouts. I guess it’s official. It’s one of THOSE summers, and there’s not much we can do about it.
O well. Let’s check out the games that were played last week.
On Monday the Kings crowned the Moonshiners 6 - 1. Then the Smoke burned the Thunder 8 -4.
Tuesday was a washout.
On Wednesday the 37s pulled off a big win against the Diamond Jaxx, taking the game 6 - 5. (I am not just talking out my ear when I say the 37s are a good team.)
In the late game, the Bulldogs stepped in a pile of it when they took on the Mustangs. The Mustangs brought out some big bats and exploded in a 11 - 8 runfest getting the well-deserved win.
Watch out KFL, because on Thursday the Smoke were, once again, on fire, white hot, burning up the league (plus they have the best name for lame sports puns), roasting the Kings 8 - 0 for their second win of the week.
In the other three Thursday games: Bell Cartage kept themselves in the win column with a victory over the Classics, the Moonshiners lost to the Predators 6 -7, and the Razorbacks lowered the boom on the Thunder.
Well, family, friends, fans … that’s the best effort I can put in this week. I have a lawn that needs mowed and an ornery neighbour, so see you around the park in week 9.
And goodnight Austin Texas wherever you are you.
- Matthew Fries
The Your Neighbourhood Credit Union 2014 ISC World Tournament is fast approaching and the host committee is looking for volunteers to help out! Plenty of volunteer spots are still available to assist at either Budd Park or Peter Hallman Ball Yard, whether you’re available to give a few hours or work all week.
The tournament runs from August 8th to 16th. Volunteers are needed to be game controllers, to assist with parking, and to help out with set-up and tear-down. Joining the set-up and tear-down crews is an especially appropriate job for anyone looking to assist for five to six hours over one day. Set-up will take place on August 6th and 7th, while tear-down will occur on August 17th.
The Kitchener Fastball League is a member of Kitchener Fastball Promotions, one of the organizations that was instrumental in bringing this world-class tournament to Kitchener. A portion of the profits will be returned to the league and used to reduce league fees based on the number of volunteer hours accrued by each team.
If you are interested in helping out, please contact Rob Way at firstname.lastname@example.org. For fastball fans, this tournament is as good as it gets!
- Mike Brown
I believe we can safely say we are at the halfway point in the KFL season, with most teams hovering around 10 games played; so now comes the second half of the season, and the big push for play-off spots unofficially begins. In week 7 let’s see who has made moves in the standings.
On Wednesday night, the 37s and the Bulldogs met for the first time. The 37s scored seven runs to domesticate the sluggish dogs. The 37s played a good game, with some solid pitching, good defence, and timely hits. They are a well-coached, talented team, and a great addition to the KFL line up. With a most respectable record of 6-5-0, the 37s are in fourth place in the Black division.
The late game on Wednesday saw the Diamond Jaxx rein in another win. They took the Mustangs down 11 to 0. The Jaxx retake top spot in the Black division from the idle Jays.
On Thursday night, the Bulldogs pulled themselves together and roasted the razorbacks. With some big bombs by Craig Miller and Adam Detzler, they were able to score 12 runs against the Razorbacks (who were hog-tied by a short bench). With the win the Bulldogs find themselves climbing up to third place in the Red division.
On diamond two the Selects and the Smoke battled it out in a close match-up, with the Smoke eventually landing the win, 7 - 6, and wafting up to second place in the Red division.
Also, on Thursday night, the Predators put up a good fight against the Diamond Jaxx, scoring 6 runs while holding the Jaxx to 8. Unfortunately for the Preds (no matter how hard they fought), their prey escaped, and the loss drops them back down to fifth place. With the Red division so bunched up, however, these kind of wild swings are bound to happen.
Finally, the Moonshiners scored enough runs to spread out over a few games, with 17 Moonshiners crossing the plate against the embattled Thunder. At 3 and 8 (and only a game behind the Razorbacks) there is still plenty of time left for the Moonshiners to make up ground in the division.
Some big divisional matchups games to watch out for next week will be the Classics vs. Bell Cartage and The Diamond Jaxx vs. the Selects.
And with nothing but blue skies forecasted for the upcoming week 8, the KFL should get its full schedule of games in.
Here’s hoping to see you out at the ballpark next week.
- Matthew Fries
lluvia (rain in Spanish), and lots of it, poured down on the KFL this past week. Six games were postponed. Thankfully, the KFL All Stars and the Diamond Jaxx did manage to get their games in against Team Argentina. But before we get to those games, let's see what happened in the few league games that took place.
On Wednesday June 25th, the Razorbacks and the Moonshiners battled it out in a close one. In the end, the Razorbacks got the edge and brought home a 5-4 victory.
In the late game, the 37s lowered the boom on the Thunder scoring ten runs to take the win.
Both the 37s and the Razorbacks are looking up in the standings right now, but might be hitting their mid-season strides. These two teams seem to be fairly evenly matched, and I look forward to seeing the outcome when they meet up next.
Now onto the Thursday night games.
Team Argentina is a really good ball club. I don't think anybody expected any less. They are a group of young men who have been chosen to represent their country, and they obviously do so with a great deal of pride. Watching them play was a lot of fun.
Other than the pitching performance put on by the Team Argentina pitching staff, I think the highlight of the night (for me anyway) was seeing a team Argentina player hammer a home-run up and out of Budd Park, actually striking the hydro wires on Homer Watson Blvd.
Who knows where that ball would have landed. Probably either in some poor motorist’s lap, or on the other side of Homer Watson.
But it wasn't all about Team Argentina.
A lot of credit should also go to the KFL All Stars and to the Diamond Jaxx. There was no quit in either team. With impressive performances by Kevin Buckley and Mel Ross, pitching out of some tight jams, the KFL representatives gave it everything they had against a fantastic ball club.
So what were the scores?
Well, let me just say this: when it was all said and done, I noticed some big smiles coming up the hill from the dugout. I don't think it mattered much to anybody what the scores were. For once it wasn’t about winning and losing. It was fastball appreciation night all over Budd Park, and I, for one, really appreciated what I saw. Here's hoping that special events like this become a KFL tradition.
Kudos to everyone who participated, umpires included.
- Matthew Fries
|Chad MacQueen||Diamond Jaxx||5|
|Matt Gregory||Diamond Jaxx||4|
|Jeff Wise||Diamond Jaxx||3|
|Vice President||Grant Mitchell|