This past Sunday, Happy’s Source for Sports Indians/Islanders took on the soaring Investors Group Expos, winners of eight straight games, for the Komox Masters Real Baseball League championship. The game, built up to be an epic struggle, turned into that and more. With crowds lining both sides of the field, with the sun shining high and strong, the boys of baseball battled for 10 innings before deciding a winner.
Back and forth the score changed hands – 2-0 Expos, 2-2, 4-2 Indians, 6-4 Expos, 8-7 Indians and 8-8 after 9 complete. In the bottom of the 10th, with two out, an Ostgard double to the wall, then a Caton single down the left field line, and the game was over – Happy’s had their fourth title in five years. A wonderful finish to a very good ball season.
Thanks go out to all the players for their efforts, many of them returning to the game of their youth after 20 or 30 years. Thanks to the umpires for their important contribution to the game and their very thick skin.
Thanks to prez Jake Plante and vice-prez Dale Greene for their continuing leadership (and their thick skin). And thanks to Plante and Greene and Kevin Dobbelsteyn for maintaining the field and ensuring it was a wonderful place to play each week.
So another season is in the books. Everyone has a few months to recover, repair, and renew, and then to get ready for spring training – see you in March!
– Komox Masters Real Baseball League