Slow start to baseball season



Usually around the first of May baseball is starting to get into full swing. Unfortunately, one company out of three that is doing the work at Connaught Park is a couple of months behind. It will cost the local kids and ball players a month of baseball on the back diamond at Connaught Park.


To make things worse, Ripley is without its main field until July.


After lots of scrambling by the recreation office, it looks like everyone will get a place to play starting the first couple weeks of May – weather permitting. The parking this summer will be a challenge as the Connaught parking lot is a little smaller this summer. There will be extra parking on the opposite side of the ball diamonds this summer. Let’s hope we get a good stretch of warm weather to get the baseball season started.


*Local NHL referee Kevin Pollock is still refereeing in the second round of the playoffs. Last year he did the Stanley Cup final. Twelve referees are left to do the quarter final games. Scott Cherrey from the Harriston area is still doing the lines, as well. There are 12 linesmen still officiating. A tip of the hat to the pair.


*As of press time, the Listowel Cyclones are one win away from the All-Ontario championship. I will have to look into the history books to find the last time a small-town Ontario team won this title.


In the PJHL, Lakefield is up 3-1 over Glanbrook. It looks like a great series with some close scores.


*The Toronto press is all over a few Leafs players because of their game seven loss in Boston. If it was not for their goalie Frederik Anderson’s unbelievable play in the previous games the team would not have got to a game seven. Let’s face it – they were beat by a really good Boston team.


*Hopefully this year the Raptors can be the team to knock out Cleveland. I think they have the team to win in seven games.


*The Bulldogs season officially came to an end on Saturday night at the team banquet. Robert White and Derrick Bernath were added to the Wall of Fame. Top goalies in the Pollock division were Craig Luinstra and Ethan Primeau. Rookie of the Year was Damien Demarco-Sutton. Most Sportsmanlike was Hunter Robins-Gibbons. Leading scorer in the regular season and play-offs was Mike Fiegehen. The coaches award went to Jordan Caskenette and Brady Richards. The Randy Dowler Ironmen Award went to Keegan Angel, Brett Burrows and Hunter Robins-Gibbons.


The Ken McCormick Most Determined Player Award went to Logan Swanton and Brett Burrows. The Chris Knott Most Colourful Player Award went to Payton Dunlop and Tyler Sutter. The Top Defensive Player Award went to Logan Frieberger. The Volunteer of the Year Award went to Mike Hackett. The regular season MVP was Robert White and the playoff MVP was Derrick Bernath. Top defenseman again this year was Robert White.


The team named a new defensive player award after Derrick Bernath and Brady Richards. These two players blocked more shots over their four years with the team than any other Bulldog in the team’s 24-year history.