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March 1, 1938

Eastern League: Wellington Leads the Way



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The Eastern League teams took it to their Western League counterparts in February, as interleague games held center stage. East beat West by a tune of 93-53 in 147 games. One of those games, between the Wellington Athletics and Sherburn Tigers was postponed due to inclement weather late in the 9th inning with the teams tied 5-5. Only the Stratford Barons (10-12) suffered a losing record against the West. But the Downie Chiefs (14-1), Embro Suns (16-6), Wellington Athletics (14-7) and Cobourg Red Stockings (10-5) fared much better. Three of the teams, namely the Brunswick Legends, Downie Chiefs and Embro Suns, enjoyed winning streaks of ten games or more. Even the Braeland City Monarchs got in on the act, going 9-5 against the West with a six game winning streak thrown in for good measure.

Add in the first no-hitter in United Leagues history (Downie) as well as the second cycle (Fort Richmond), and you had the makings of a wild and woolly month. The teams are now gearing up for the final playoff push in March.

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The Wellington Athletics extended their lead in the Western League by 4.5 games, thanks to a 15-8 record and a slumping Queensland Eagles. Since December 1, the Athletics have been the hottest team in the United Leagues, going 53-23. They appear to be peaking at the right time.

Key Injuries: Wellington currently has no players on the DL.



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The Queensland Eagles continued their mediocre ways in February, finishing just one game above .500 on the month, going 12-11. They have lost ground to the Athletics for first place and are starting to hear footsteps as Downie and Embro close the gap in the wild card chase.

Key Injuries: RHP Stewart Colcott (2-1, 4.24) is out for another 5 weeks with shoulder inflammation he suffered in October.



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After a couple of months of stumbling and fumbling, the Downie Chiefs put it together in February, going 19-5 and zooming back into the wild card race. They started the month off with a bang, rattling off 14 straight victories and now sit just 3 games back of Queensland. In the process, they monopolized the headlines all month long, including their ace RHP Frank Leadbeater, who won Pitcher of the Month honours.

Key Injuries: 3B Andy Johnson (.302/.362/.426, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 47 R, 31 BB, 2.7 WAR) suffered a knee sprain on February 5; he will out 2-3 more weeks.

Performance Highlight #1: On February 5, the Chiefs throttled the Sherburn Tigers 21-7. In the course of that game they had, not one, but two players collect five hits each. 2B Wayne Balmer went 5 for 6. Balmer, who was acquired in a trade from Cobourg in January, hit an RBI single in the 1st, tripled in 2nd, singled in the 4th, flied out in the 5th, singled in the 7th and hit an RBI single in the 7th. For his part, C Boyd Bedard went 5 for 5. Bedard hit an RBI single in the 1st, walked in the 3rd, hit an RBI triple in the 4th, singled in the 6th, hit an RBI single in the 7th and hit a solo home run in the 8th. Whew.



Performance Highlight #2: History was made on February 7, when starting pitcher Bradley Paris threw the first no-hitter in the United Leagues. He did it in front of his home crowd against Wolseley, defeating the Unions, 2-0. Paris recorded nine strikeouts with one walk. He faced 29 batters and threw 111 pitches, 66 for strikes. The chance for a perfect game was broken up in the top of the 3rd inning when Unions SS Philip Ducat reached first base on a throwing error.




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The Embro Suns are getting hot at just the right time it appears as they went 16-7 in February, which included a 10-game winning streak in the middle of the month. That hot streak also included a 3-game sweep of the top team in the West, the Kingston Pelicans. In the process, they finally figured out how to win at home and improved their home record to 36-32. However, they have been bitten by the injury bug which includes Paul Hooks (.365/.450/.624, 21 HR, 73 RBI, 63 R, 60 BB, 3.9 WAR), who won Batter of the Month honours in February.

Key Injuries: RHP Freddie Ventriss (8-6, 5.22) experienced ulnar nerve irritation on January 5 and has since suffered a setback. He will miss 2 more months. LF Paul Hooks was injured while throwing on February 22. He ruptured a finger tendon and is gone for the season. 2B Alejandro Valdes suffered a torn meniscus on February 13; he is out 4 weeks.



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The Stratford Barons endured their second consecutive losing month, as they went 11-12 in February, to fall 9 games back of Queensland for the wildcard. Their overall record is now 65-65. Ominously, the Barons have a 0.1% of making the playoffs, according to the Pennant Chase page.


Key Injuries: RHP Ricardo Díaz (1-2, 5.80, 4 SV- torn labrum) is still out for another 4-5 months.



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The Cobourg Red Stockings were actually doing quite well for the first three weeks in February, racking up a 12-5 record against mostly Western League opponents. But then they lost 4 straight to Bruswick and 3 straight to Braeland City before dropping their last game of the month to Downie. That 8-game losing streak pulled their record down for the month to 12-13. They sit at .500, 9 games back of the wild card. According to the Pennant Chase page, they have a 0.3% of making the playoffs.

Key Injuries: Joel Fearn remains out of commission for 8-9 months, due to a torn rotator cuff.



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The Brunswick Legends went 14-11 in February, to move to within one game of .500. Their month was bolstered by a 10-game winning streak, but ended on a flat note, as they currently have lost their last 4 games. According to the Pennant Chase page, they have a 0.1% of making the playoffs.


Key Injuries: None.




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The Braeland City Monarchs enjoyed their best month percentage wise, as they finished February with a 15-8 record. They even improved their home record to 30-30. Their road record (24-45), however, is another matter. First overall pick 2B Trevor Bolen (.282/.319/.464, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 17 R, 5 BB, 0.8 WAR), appears to be adjusting to the big leagues just fine, giving the Monarchs some hope for next season.

Key Injuries: 39-year old relief pitcher RHP Hyo-cheong Yu (0-1, 2.22, 7 SV) is out for another 4 months. He had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow back in November.

Performance Highlight: On February 26, C Julian Curnow went 5 for 6 against Cobourg, helping the Monarchs defeat the Red Stockings, 10-4. Curnow singled in the 1st, singled in the 2nd, singled in the 4th, hit an RBI single in the 5th, flied out in the 6th and singled in the 8th.



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March 1, 1938

Western League: Doesn’t Anybody Want to Win This Thing?



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Western League teams received a rude wake-up call from their Eastern League counterparts during interleague matchups last month. Of the 8 teams in the West, only two eked out a winning record in February. Five teams didn’t even reach 10 victories for the month. It was not a pretty sight and the poor showing earned the Pulberry Trolleys the distinction of being the first team to be eliminated from playoff contention. On to the carnage…..
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Perhaps most surprising of all, the Kingston Pelicans failed to dominate the East, and ended the month with a 10-13 record. But they remain firmly in first place, 7 games up on the Sherburn Tigers, thanks in part to the other teams’ failure to capitalize. In the West, they continue to be an outstanding team on both side of the ball. But if they reach the United Cup, they will have to step it up, if their weak performance against the East is any indication.

Key Injuries: SP Hirotada Fukushima (63/78; 1-2, 3.86) suffered elbow inflammation in a game on February 16; he will miss 3 months.



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The Sherburn Tigers looked as if they might be a team to be reckoned with, after going 17-10 in January. But a 9-14 February put that all in doubt. The team’s pitching performance has been underwhelming, just 5th overall, and that will have to be addressed if they want to rebound. They trail Kingston by 7 games and their lead in the wild card is now down to just four games with 4 weeks left in the regular season.
LF Robin Harney (.338/.409/.494, 1 HR, 86 RBI, 100 R, 64 BB, 30 SB, 4.4 WAR), who was acquired from Kingston has done well since joining the team, and won Batter of the Month honours in February.

Key Injuries: RF Dong-min Lee (.263/.400/.329, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 11 R, 16 BB) broke his hand in November. He should be back in 2 weeks.
2B Roy Abe (.257/.317/.351, 2 HR, 44 RBI, 55 R, 31 BB, 15 SB) suffered an oblique strain in a game against the Kingston Pelicans on January 25. He is out for two more weeks.


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The Hespeler Stars fared better in February (15-10) than their western counterparts and moved to within 4 games of Sherburn for the wild card. But part of that can be explained by the fact that they did not play as many interleague games as other teams did. On the other hand, they did sweep a 3-game series from the best team in the United Leagues, the Wellington Athletics, in Wellington no less, by scores of 10-7, 9-5 and 5-1. If they can carry that momentum into March, the wild card race will be very interesting, something that couldn’t be said just a month ago.

Key Injuries: SS Héctor Pagán (.308/.354/.399; 24 RBI, 29 R, 16 BB) is still out for another 4 months after suffering a torn labrum in December.



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Injuries and poor pitching proved to be too much for the Wolseley Unions, as they stumbled to an 8-15 record in February. At one point, they were 1-12 and mired in an 11 game losing streak, until they finished the month strong, going 7-3.

Key Injuries: OF Terence Durney (.268/.365/.482, 9 HR, 46 RBI, 54 R, 44 BB, 15 SB) suffered an oblique strain while running the bases way back on January 2. He is expected back in three days.
SP Augusto Rocha (10-7, 3.68) strained his forearm on January 13; he is out for 7 more weeks. Those are in addition to LHP Edward Hill (63/67), who has been out since early October with a ruptured bicep tendon; he is out for another 8-9 weeks.
Relief pitcher RHP Dylan Tinlsey fractured his ankle back in December. He is expected to return in 3 days.
Relief pitcher Phil Edginton (4-9, 3 SV, 5.74) strained his rotator cuff in a game on February 14, he is out for 1-2 weeks.
OF Arthur Carruth (.247/.299/.359, 4 HR, 66 RBI, 60 R, 28 BB, 1.5 WAR) tore ankle ligaments in a game on February 22; he is out 4 weeks.



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The Cambria Cannons bucked the trend and actually proved to be competitive against Eastern League teams, taking 4 of 5 series. But against the two Western League teams they faced, it was a mixed bag. While they swept the Fort Richmond Generals 4 games to none, they in turn were swept in the six games they played against the Hespeler Stars.
Nevertheless, they did move up in the standings, however modestly, and they do have a bonafide stud in SP Neil Guerin (16-8, 2.52, 7.9 WAR), who earned Pitcher of the Month honours in February.

Key Injuries: Starter RHP Bradley Dodson (5-8, 4.30) is expected back in 3 weeks after suffering elbow inflammation back in late December.



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Fears that the Fort Richmond Generals were starting to fade last month were confirmed in February, as the Generals could only muster a 9-15 record, their worst showing yet. However, they did have a couple of highlights. First they swept the Queensland Eagles, one of the top teams in the East, by scores of 6-2, 11-8 and 6-3. Second, OF Kade Limeburner completed the second cycle in United League history.

Key Injuries: None.

Performance Highlight: LF and lead-off hitter Kade Limeburner (.235/.353/.472, 15 HR, 47 RBI, 56 R, 66 BB, 1.7 WAR) hit for the cycle against the Stratford Barons on February 9. Despite his efforts, the Generals fell to the Barons, 14-7 in Stratford. Limburner doubled in the 1st, struck out in the 2nd, hit a two-run triple in the 4th, hit a solo-shot in the 6th and hit an RBI single in the 8th.



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The Balmoral Giants are just one of two teams that have yet to enjoy a winning month. That trend continued in February with a 5-18 record. Ouch. That included an 11-game losing streak that carried over from late January. Apart from SP David Cooling (12-14, 4.06, 4.6 WAR), the Giants just do not have any highly rated players. They do have a fairly strong farm system (4th overall), so there is some hope.

Key Injuries: Starter SP Masahiro Sugano (2-6, 4.52) remains out for another 5-6 months with a torn elbow ligament.
SP Noriaki Ito (5-17, 3.52, 4.7 WAR) suffered shoulder inflammation in a game against the Stratford Barons. He is expected back in a week.



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The Pulberry Trolleys earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first team to be officially eliminated from the United Cup playoffs. A 5-18 record will do that. And just like the Giants, the Trolleys endured an 11-game losing streak and have yet to enjoy a winning monthly record. It was a long February, and mercifully, there’s just one month left in the season. Unfortunately, the Trolleys currently have the worst rated farm system in the Leagues. It may be long, slow climb to contention for the Trolleys.

Key Injuries: CF Rio Gidley (.265/.320/.450, 6 HR, 57 RBI, 65 R, 37 BB, 18 SB, 2.6 WAR) suffered another injury when he fractured his finger in a game on February 26; he will be out of commission for 5 weeks.
SP Nick Paddock is still out for 3 months; he suffered a ruptured bicep tendon in late November.
2B Michael Batterham (.276/.362/.380, 5 HR, 47 RBI, 46 R, 58 BB, 2.5 WAR) strained his hamstring in a game against the Queensland Eagles on the 19th. He is gone for 3 weeks.
SS Datu Balsalubra (.325/.383/.422, 3 HR, 41 RBI, 26 R, 28 BB, 2.0 WAR) separated his shoulder in a collision at home plate on February 26 against the Wellington Athletics. He is out for 5 weeks.



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Really enjoying "watching" your league play out.

Your attention to detail and your use of super creative leagues and teams makes Braeland a hands-down winner!

The screenshots/pictures really help make a your league very enjoyable to follow.

Thanks for taking all of the extra time and effort involved to share everything with us.

Keep up the great work and thanks again!
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Really enjoying "watching" your league play out.

Your attention to detail and your use of super creative leagues and teams makes Braeland a hands-down winner!

The screenshots/pictures really help make a your league very enjoyable to follow.

Thanks for taking all of the extra time and effort involved to share everything with us.

Keep up the great work and thanks again!
Thank you so much for the kind words, Bottom of the Sixth. It was our conversation in an email a little while ago that finally gave me the impetus to create this dynasty, after sitting on my hands.
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March 28, 1938

Regular Season Wrap-up



The United Cup playoffs are set, as the Wellington Athletics and Kingston Pelicans took top spot in their respective leagues, with the Queensland Eagles and Sherburn Tigers each taking the wild card.

Wellington made things far more interesting in the East than needed, as they stumbled in March, going just 11-14 for the month. That allowed Queensland, who went 14-10, and the Downie Chiefs (16-10) to make a push for first place in the final weeks of the season. In the end, Wellington’s lead was just too much to overcome, and they held on to top spot by 1 game over the Eagles. The hottest team in the East in March was actually the Stratford Barons (17-7) who leap frogged Embro in the standings and finished 6 games back of the wild card.

In the West, the Kingston Pelicans provided no drama, as they cruised to first place with a 20-6 record in March, finishing 12 games over the Sherburn Tigers. After a disastrous February (9-14), Sherburn rebounded in March (14-10). In the end, it probably didn’t matter, as the Hespeler Stars (11-15) faltered. Just four games back of Sherburn when the month began; the Stars finished 8 games back.



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Eastern League Pennant Series

Wellington Athletics (89-65) vs. Queensland Eagles (88-66)
Season Matchup: 11-4 in favour of Wellington

Game 1
Wellington 8 – Queensland 3




The Athletics set the tone early in this game, scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the first, which included a 2-run triple by 2B Tom Addis off of Queensland starter Darren Stewart. Wellington made it 4-0 when LF Quentin Stubber`s single brought in SP Raúl Lucero.
Queensland first run came in the 3rd inning thanks to a solo home run by C Oscar Clapp off of Wellington`s Lucero. But Lucero got that run back himself in the bottom of the 3rd. After two walks and a single by RF Colin Blyth loaded the bases, Lucero hit into a fielder`s choice, bringing in 1B Byron Tope. Wellington added two more in the bottom of the 7th, with an RBI triple by SS Gabriel Fairless and an RBI ground out by relief pitcher Bryan Newitt. Queensland added runs in the top of 7th and 9th, but it wasn`t enough as the Athletics handled the first game easily.
The Eagles suffered a serious blow when SS Katsunan Chikafuji (.346/.401/.551, 21 HR, 95 RBI, 127 R, 64 BB, 8.7 WAR) injured himself in the bottom of the 8th inning while throwing the ball. He suffered a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and is gone for 6 months.
Despite the loss, the Player of the Game was Eagles 3B Nam-cheol Oh, who went 3 for 4, with a double, a walk and 2 RBI.

Game 2
Wellington 8 – Queensland 1




The Athletics picked up where they left off in game 1, opening the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. CF Bob Boynton’s two-out triple scored 2B Ryley McLarnon, while 1B Byron Top singled in Boynton.
Wellington broke it open in the 3rd inning with 4 runs off of 5 singles. Three consecutive 1-out singles by Boynton, Tope and C Dylan Watkins scored Boynton to make it 3-0. After a walk by 3B John Brown loaded the bases, back-to-back singles by SP Júlio Perara and LF Quentin Stubber scored three more before Perara was thrown out at third to end the inning.
Queensland’s lone run came in the top of the 5th inning, when C Oscar Clapp doubled in 3B Nam-cheol Oh, who had just singled and reached second on an error.
Wellington added runs in the 7th and 8th innings to round out the scoring.
SP Júlio Perara (9.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1.00 ERA) was selected as the Player of the Game. CF Bob Boynton hit two triples, going 4 for 5 with two RBI and 2 R.

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Western League Pennant Series

Kingston Pelicans (99-55) vs. Sherburn Tigers (87-67)
Season Matchup: 11-4 in favour of Kingston

Game 1
Sherburn 12 – Kingston 4




The Tigers drew first blood in their matchup with the Pelicans, pounding Kingston for 12 runs. After opening the scoring with a run in the 2nd inning, the Tigers broke it open in the top of the 4th. LF Robin Harney would both lead off the inning and end it with groundouts. In between, 7 of 8 Tigers got on base thanks to three walks, three singles and a 2-run double by SS Gary Watkinson. When the top half was over, Sherburn led 7-0.
Kingston got on the scoreboard in the bottom half. RF Chong-sik Lee led off with a double, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. But after SS Okura Ito singled and 1B Fergus Chitty walked, 2B Mo Symes doubled them in. C Cereneo Tolentino immediately scored Symes with a single to make it 7-3 Sherburn after four.
Sherburn would get those runs back in the top of the 6th. After SP Hyo-jun Kim led off with a single and 2B Roy Abe reached first on an error, CF Joshua Chown singled them in. That would be all for Pelicans’ SP Brady Murdy. Sherburn added another run before the inning was over to make it 10-3 Tigers.
Sherburn added two more runs in the 8th. After Watkinson was hit by a pitch, Harney tripled him home. C Joe Gault singled to score Harney and make it 12-3.
Lee hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 8th, but that was all the scoring Kingston could muster, and the Tigers took game 1.
Sherburn’s CF Joshua Chown earned Player of the Game honours, going 3 for 6, with 3 singles, 3 RBI and 2 R.

Game 2
Kingston 5 – Sherburn 4




Fans would see their first close game of playoffs in Game 2. Kingston opened the scoring in the bottom of 1st, when SS Okura Ito doubled with two out and scored on 1B Fergus Chitty’s single.
C Cereneo Tolentino led off the bottom of the 3rd with a line drive home run off of SP Yasushi Kobayashi. CF Shoshu Shimizu then singled with two out and scored when RF Chong-sik Lee tripled, making it 3-0 Pelicans.
1B Jeaic Risbrough got the Tigers on the board when he led the top of the 5th inning with a solo shot to straight-away center off of SP Masahiro Sugahara.
Kingston added two more runs in the bottom of the 6th. SP Kobayashi loaded the bases when he allowed a Tolentino double, a walk to 3B Albert Howard and hit Shimizu with one out. A Lee single scored Tolentino and a ground-out by Ito allowed Howard to score to make it 5-1 Pelicans after six.
But the Tigers fought back, getting a run in the top of the 7th. Down to their last out in the 9th, Risbrough walked on 4 straight pitches and went to third after C Joe Gault reached safely on an error. 3B Mick Lanfear followed with a single, scoring both Risbrough and Gault, who beat out the throw at home plate. But the game ended when RF William Neal grounded out to first base, and Kingston held on to a 5-4 victory to tie up the series at 1 game apiece.
Kingston SP Masahiro Sugahara picked up Player of the Game honours, pitching 8 innings, allowing 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 HR and 4 K, for a 2.25 ERA.
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Eastern League Pennant Series

Game 3
Wellington 9 – Queensland 4




The Athletics won game 3, taking advantage of Eagles miscues and also taking a 3 games to none lead in the series.
Queensland got on the board first, when singles by 2B Jilineko Balignasay, SS In-sin Moon, LF Jonathan Matby and 1B Quentin Puddy brought in Balignasay in the bottom half of the 1st.
Wellington responded in the 2nd, when a 2B Tom Addis triple brought home LF Bob Boynton.
Wellington took the lead in the 3rd, when a C Dylan Watkins single scored 3B Ryley McLarnon, who had led off the inning with a triple.
Queensland took their first lead in the series in the 4th. SP Julius Hunt singled in Quentin Puddy, who had reached third on a double play, to tie the score. Jilineko Balignasay then singled in RF Ben Watson, who had been intentionally walked. Queensland led 3-2 after 4 innings.
But the Eagles would lose the lead in the 7th. CF Colin Blyth reached second on an error, and advanced to third base after SS Gabriel Fairless grounded out. He then came in to score when Eagles SP Julius Hunt dropped the throw while covering first base, allowing SP Michael Hanley to reach base safely with two outs.
Wellington took the lead for good in the 8th, thanks to RF Quentin Stubber’s two-run homer.
They would put the game out of reach in the 9th, scoring 4 runs, thanks to doubles by Colin Blyth and Quentin Stubber and singles by Gabriel Fairless and 1B Onel Arcusa.
Queensland’s final run in the bottom of the 9th proved costly. Jonathan Matby hit a one-out double but was injured on the play and replaced by Sadatake Mizuno. A single by Quentin Puddy drove in Mizumo to make the score 9-4. C Oscar Clapp then hit into a double play to end the game.
Jonathan Matby was diagnosed with hamstring tendinitis in the 9th inning. He will be out 2-3 weeks.
RF Quentin Stubber would earn Play of the Game honours, going 2 for 4, with 1 HR, 1-2B, 2 R, 1 BB and 4 RBI.

Game 4
Queensland 3 – Wellington 1




The Eagles staved off elimination thanks to an outstanding pitching performance by SP Darren Stewart.
Wellington got on the board first when 1B Byron Tope drove in C Dylan Watkins from third in the top of the first. But Stewart would shut them down the rest of the way.
Queensland got all the offense they needed in the 4th. RF Sadatake Mizuno led off with a double and reached third on a passed ball by SP Raúl Lecero. Mizuno came in to score on a sac fly by LF Tony Dan. SS In-sin Moon singled and scored on C Oscar Clapp’s double. Clapp came in to score on an error at first base to make it 3-1 Eagles.
SP Darren Stewart (9.0 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1.00 ERA) won Player of the Game honours.

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Western League Pennant Series

Game 3
Kingston 7 – Sherburn 5




Kingston took game 3 from the Tigers, scoring 7 runs on 15 hits.
Pelicans opened the scoring in the 1st. Leadoff hitter CF Shoshu Shimizu hit a double, reached third on a ground out and scored on a sac fly to left field.
Sherburn responded in the bottom half. After 2B Roy Abe reached base on an error and third base on consecutive ground outs, he would come in to score on LF Robin Harney’s single.
Sherburn took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd, when C Joe Gault doubled and then scored after consecutive ground outs.
But Kingston retook the lead for good in the 3rd. RF Chong-sik Lee and SS Okura Ito reached base on an error and single respectively and advanced on a groundout. A wild pitch by SP Dillon Green allowed Lee to score to tie the game. Back to back walks to LF Jayden Tennant and 2B Mo Symes loaded the bases. Ito would come in to score on a fielder’s choice.
Kington made it 5-2 in the 6th, thanks to a solo home run by Okura Ito and back-to-back doubles by 1B Fergus Chitty and Jayden Tennant.
In the 8th, Fergus Chitty hit a solo home run to make it 6-2.
In the top of the 9th, Albert Howard scored on Chong-sik Lee’s single.
But the Tigers would put a scare into the Pelicans in the bottom half. After 1B Jeaic Risbrough reached base with a 1-out single, Joe Gault deposited a 2-2 offering from SP Joey Cumberledge into the left-centerfield bleachers. 3B Mick Lanfear immediately followed up with a double and scored on a single by PH Dong-min Lee to make it 7-5 Kingston. But Roy Abe hit into a fielder’s choice at 2nd to end the rally and the game.
Player of the Game honours went to Kingston’s SS Okura Ito, would went 4 for 5, with 1 HR, 1-2B, 2 R and 2 RBI.

Game 4
Kingston 9 – Sherburn 8




The Pelicans and Tigers continued to put on an offensive show in Game 4.
The Tigers got on the board first. After scoring a run in the bottom of the 1st, Sherburn added 3 in 2nd. 3B Mick Lanfear led off with a walk and took third on a throwing error when he stole second. Lanfear came in to score on a groundout. RF William Neal scored on 2B Roy Abe’s single after reaching base on a walk and a steal of second. The Tigers made it 4-0 when SS Gary Watkinson doubled in Abe.
Kingston scored two runs in the 4th, thanks to a solo shot by 1B Fergus Chitty and a run scoring single by 3B Albert Howard.
Kingston would get to within one of Sherburn in the 6th, when Howard singled in C Cereneo Tolentino from second.
The Tigers would make it 6-3 when Mick Lanfear hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the 6th.
But the Pelicans came storming back in the 7th. CF Shoshu Shimizu led off with a double, reached third on a RF Chong-sik Lee single and scored on a SS Okura Ito single. After LF Jayden Tennant walked to load the bases, 2B Mo Symes singled to score Lee and Ito to tie the game at 6-6.
Sherburn regained the lead in the bottom of the 7th, when C Joe Gault sinlged in LF Robin Harney from second. The Tigers would make it 8-6 when Roy Abe hit a solo home run in the 8th.
But the Pelicans regained the lead for good in the 9th. Fergus Chitty made it 8-7 after leading off with a walk, advancing to third on a Jayden Tennant double and scoring on a ground out. After a walk to Cereneo Tolentino, Albert Howard singled in Tennant to tie the game. Shoshu Shimizu singled in Tolentino for what proved to be the winning run.
Sherburn went down in the 9th after a leadoff walk to Robin Harney and three consecutive fielder’s choices at second.
In a game that feature a number of standout performances on offense, 3B Mick Lanfear was selected as Player of the Game, going 2 for 4, with 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB and 1 K.
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Game 5
Queensland 4 – Wellington 3




Wellington and Queensland engaged in another close battle, with the Eagles ultimately prevailing in extra innings.
Eagles 2B Jilineko Balignasay led off the bottom of the 1st with a triple and scored on a ground out to get Queensland on the board.
Eagles RF Ben Watson then made it 2-0 with a lead off solo shot off of Wellington SP Júlio Perara in the bottom of the 5th.
But the Athletics tied it up in the 6th, as CF Bob Boynton hit a two-run triple.
Queensland retook the lead in the bottom half, as back-to-back singles by 3B Nam-cheol Oh and C Oscar Clapp allowed 1B Quentin Puddy to score.
Wellington knotted things up again in the 8th. After 2B Ryley McLarnon singled and Bob Boynton doubled, 1B Byron Tope followed with a single, allowing McLarnon to score.
Queensland had a chance to win in the bottom of the 9th as they loaded the bases with one out. But Perara struck out OF Sadatake Mizuno and induced a ground out from Quentin Puddy to end the threat.
But the Eagles would prevail in the 10th. After Oscar Clapp hit a one-out double and reached third on a ground out, SP Max MacColl singled him home and earned the win.
Max MacColl (10.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2.70 ERA) picked up Player of the Game honours for his efforts. Bob Boynton had a big day for Wellington, going 2-4 with a double, triple, 2 RBI and 1 BB.

Game 6
Wellington 7 – Queensland 6




At first, it looked as though the Eagles were going to force a game 7, but the Athletics stormed back late in the game to take the series 4 games to 2 and win the Eastern League pennant.
A couple of singles followed by a couple of groundouts got Queensland on the board in the 4th inning. One inning later, they broke it open.
Singles by RF Ben Watson and SP Julius Hunt to lead off the inning put runners on the corners. SS In-sin Moon then walked to load the bases. After 1B Quentin Puddy grounded out allowing Watson to score, the Athletics intentionally walked LF Terry Aspden to reload the bags. That proved costly, as 3B Nam-cheol Oh doubled in three runs and came home to score on RF Eddie Amies single. The Eagles led 6-0 after 5 innings.
But that was the Athletics cue for their comeback. After scratching out a run each in the 6th and 7th innings, Wellington scored 5 in the 8th.
Singles by 2B Ryley McLarnon and C Dylan Watkins to lead off the inning was followed by a LF Quentin Stubber`s double, bringing in McLarnon. CF Bob Boynton then took the first offering from SP Julius Hunt and deposited it into the left center seats for a 3-run homer that tied the game. After 1B Byron Tope singled, PR Onel Arcusa advanced to third on a sac bunt and ground out. SS Gabriel Fairless then singled him home for the winning run.
The game ended when Eagles 1B Quentin Puddy doubled with two out in the 9th, but was thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple.
Bob Boynton earned Player of the Game honours, going 1 for 3 with a home run, 1 R, 3 RBI and 1BB.

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Western League Pennant Series

Game 5
Sherburn 6 – Kingston 4




After dropping the last three games, Sherburn got back in the win column with a 6-4 victory.
Back to back doubles by SS Okura Ito and 1B Fergus Chitty got Kingston on the board in the top of the 3rd.
Sherburn responded in the bottom half of the inning as doubles by SS Gary Watkinson and LF Robin Harney and a single by C Joe Gault scored two.
The Tigers added two more runs in the 4th. RF William Neal led off with a single, stole second and reached third on a CF Joshua Chown single. Watkinson and Harney then doubled and singled respectively making the score 4-1.
But Kingston responded in the 7th as SP Yasushi Kobayashi got into a bit of trouble. Kobayashi loaded the bases after giving up a leadoff single, a walk and hit a batter.
Fergus Chitty then walked on four straight pitches, bringing in a run. A single by LF Jayden Tennant then brought in two more runs to tie the game at 4-4.
But Sherburn took the lead for good in the 8th, when the Tigers loaded the bases with one out. Watkinson then singled in SP Kobayashi and 2B Roy Abe to make it 6-4 Tigers.
Kingston’s Okura Ito was injured on a throwing play. He suffered back stiffness and is day-to-day.
SP Yasushi Kobayashi (9.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 4.00 ERA) won Player of the Game honours, although SS Gary Watkinson also stood out, going 3 for 5, with a double and 3 RBI. CF Josh Chown went 3 for 4, with a double and 2 R for the Tigers.

Game 6
Kingston 13 – Sherburn 4




The Kingston Pelicans clinched the Western League pennant with a convincing come from behind win over the Sherburn Tigers, taking the series, 4 games to 2.
After exchanging runs in the 1st inning, the Tigers took a 3-run lead in the 3rd.
RF William Neal led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a sac bunt.
After 2B Roy Abe walked, C Joe Gault singled in Neal. A double by SS Gary Watkinson and single by 1B Jeaic Risbrough drove in two more runs to make it 4-1 Sherburn.
But it would be all Kingston from then on.
1B Fergus Chitty led off the 4th inning with a walk and advanced to third on a LF Jayden Tennant double. 2B Mo Symes would be hit by a pitch to load the bases. A walk, fly out and error would drive in two runs. After CF Shoshu Shimizu walked to reload the bases, RF Chong-sik Lee tripled in 3 more runs. Shimizu scored himself on a passed ball during Fergus Chitty`s at bat. Chitty then walked for the second time in the inning, and scored on Tennant`s second double. That made it 9-4 Pelicans after 4 innings.
Kington would add a run in the 7th and put things away in the 8th, when Fergus Chitty hit a 3-run homer off of RP Simon Darling.
RF Chong-sik Lee would win Player of the Game honours, going 4 for 4, with 3 singles, 1 triple, 2 R, 4 RBI and 1 BB.

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1937-38 United Cup

Kingston Pelicans (99-55) vs. Wellington Athletics (89-65)
Season Matchup: 3-3

Game 1 – April 7
Wellington 8 – Kingston 7




Top of the 1st:
3B Ryley McLarnon reaches base on an error on the first pitch of the game. C Dylan Watkins doubles him home for the Athletics’ first run.
Watkins comes home to score when LF Bob Boynton and 1B Byron Tope hit back-to-back singles.
Wellington 2 – Kingston 0

Bottom of the 2nd:
OF Jayden Tennant hits a double with one out; C Cereneo Tolentino immediately follows with a double of his own, scoring Tennant.
RF Brandon Channing then hits a double as well, scoring Tolentino.
Wellington 2 – Kingston 2

Top of the 5th:
SP Raúl Lucero leads off with a single and advances to second on a Ryley McLarnon single. Lucero tags up on a fly ball and reaches third. McLarnon follows by stealing second.
Bob Boynton singles to score both runs.
Wellington 4 – Kingston 2

Top of the 6th:
2B Tom Addis leads off with a triple and scores when SS Gabriel Fairless hits a triple as well with one out. Ryley McLarnon scores Fairless with a 2-out single.
Wellington 6 – Kingston 2

Bottom of the 7th:
2B Mo Symes hits a 1-out solo home run. SP Lucero is then replaced by RP Connor Waterson on a double switch.
SS Okura Ito singles with two out. 1B Fergus Chitty hits a two-run homer to bring the Pelicans to within a run.
Wellington 6 – Kingston 5

Bottom of the 8th:
3B Bob Kight leads off with a double and reached third on a sac bunt by SP Brady Murdy. LF Chong-sik Lee singles in Kight to tie the game.
Wellington 6 – Kingston 6

Top of the 10th:
RP Soo-geun Lee replaces Brady Murdy on the mound and gives up a 2-out triple by PH Joseph Boddy. Ryley McLarnon singles in Boddy, and reaches second on an error in the outfield.
C Declan Cox doubles in McLarnon for the Athletics second run of the inning.
Wellington 8 – Kingston 6

Bottom of the 10th:
Mo Symes leads off with his second home run of the game, but the Pelicans are unable to score any further, and the Athletics hang on for the win.
Wellington 8 – Kingston 7

POG: Athletics’ 3B Ryley McLarnon – 4 for 6 with 3 R and 2 RBI.

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Game 2 – April 8
Wellington 6 – Kingston 7




Bottom of the 1st:
RF Chong-sik Lee singles with one out and reaches second when SP Júlio Perara walks 1B Fergus Chitty. LF Jayden Tennant singles in Lee for the Pelicans’ first run.
Wellington 0 – Kingston 1

Top of the 3rd:
SP Perara leads off with a walk on 4 straight pitches and moves to second on 3B Ryley McLarnon’s single. However, Perara is out on a fielder’s choice at 3B. LF Bob Boynton hits a two-out single to score McLarnon to tie the game.
Wellington 1 – Kingston 1

Top of the 4th:
Four singles by 2B Tom Addis, SS Gabriel Fairless, Ryley McLarnon and C Dylan Watkins score 2 runs. RF Quentin Stubber triples with two out to bring in two more. Stubber comes in to score when Bob Boynton reaches first on an error.
Wellington 6 – Kingston 1

Bottom of the 5th:
SP Darwin Monday leads off with a walk, but is out at second on a fielder’s choice. Chong-sik Lee doubles CF Soshu Shimizu to third. Shimizu scores on a passed ball. Fergus Chitty walks to put runners on the corners.
Jayden Tennant hits a 3-run homer to left field to get Kington to within one.
Wellington 6 – Kingston 5

Bottom of the 6th:
3B Albert Howard triples with 1-out and scores on a wild pitch by Júlio Perara to tie the game.
Wellington 6 – Kingston 6

Bottom of the 7th:
SS Okura Ito singles with 1-out; moves to second when Fergus Chitty is hit by a pitch and reaches third on a fielder’s choice. 2B Mo Symes singles in Ito with what proves to be the winning run.
Wellington 6 – Kingston 7

POG: Pelicans LF Jayden Tennant – 2 for 4 with 1 HR, 1 R and 4 RBI.

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Game 3– April 10
Kingston 10 – Wellington 5




Top of the 1st:
RF Chong-sik Lee hits a triple with 1-out and scores on a SS Okura Ito single. A single by LF Jayden Tennant and double by 2B Mo Symes scores Ito.
C Cereneo Tolentino hits a 3-run home run with 2-outs off of beleaguered SP Michael Hanley.
Kingston 5 – Wellington 0

Bottom of the 2nd:
2B Tom Addis leads off with a bunt, steals second and reaches third on a ground out. Addis comes in to score on a SS Gabriel Fairless single.
Kingston 5 – Wellington 1

Top of the 5th:
Chong-sik Lee hits his second triple of the game with 1-out and scores on a balk with Okura Ito at the plate.
Kingston 6 – Wellington 1

Bottom of the 6th:
1B Byron Tope leads off with a single and reaches second on a CF Colin Blyth single. PH Joseph Boddy singles with 2-out to score Tope.
3B Ryley McLarnon doubles to score Blyth. C Dylan Watkins singles to score both Boddy and McLarnon.
Kingston 6 – Wellington 5

Top of the 7th:
Okura Ito doubles with 1-out off of RP Conner Waterson. After Fergus Chitty is intentionally walked, Jayden Tennant singles to score Ito.
A sac fly by Mo Symes scores Chitty.
Kingston 8 – Wellington 5

Top of the 9th:
Okura Ito hits a home run with 1-out. Fergus Chitty immediately follows with a home run of his own to round out the scoring.
Kingston 10 – Wellington 5

POG: Pelicans SS Okura Ito – 3 for 4 with 1 HR, 1-2B, 3 R and 2 RBI.
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1937-38 United Cup

Kingston Pelicans (99-55) vs. Wellington Athletics (89-65)

Game 4 – April 11
Kingston 0 – Wellington 8




Bottom of the 1st:
After getting the first out, SP Brady Murdy loads the bases by hitting C Dylan Watkins and then walking both RF Quentin Stubber and LF Bob Boynton.
2B Tom Addis hits a 2-out single, scoring both Watkins and Stubber. CF Colin Blyth then singles in Boynton. SS Gabriel Fairless follows with a single of his own to score Addis.
Kingston 0 – Wellington 4

Bottom of the 2nd:
3B Ryley McLarnon leads off with a double and comes in to score when Quentin Stubber hits a 1-out single.
Kingston 0 – Wellington 5

Bottom of the 7th:
Ryley McLarnon again leads off with a double and comes in to score on a Dylan Watkins single. Quentin Stubber singles to put runners on first and second. 1B Byron Top doubles with 1-out to score both Watkins and Stubber.
That ended SP Brady Murdy’s day and all the scoring Wellington needed to even the series at 2 games apiece.
Kingston 0 – Wellington 8

POG: Athletics SP Raúl Lucero – 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA.

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Game 5 – April 12
Kingston 7 – Wellington 6




Bottom of the 1st:
3B Ryley McLarnon reaches second on an error and later steals third. McLarnon comes in to score on RF Quentin Stubber’s sac fly.
Kingston 0 – Wellington 1

Bottom of the 2nd:
2B Tom Addis leads off with a bunt single, but is out at second on a fielder’s choice.
SS Gabriel Fairless singles to put runners on first and second.
Ryley McLarnon triples with 2-out, scoring both CF Colin Blyth and Fairless.
Kingston 0 – Wellington 3

Bottom of the 5th:
Ryley McLarnon leads off with a first-pitch triple and scores on C Dylan Watkins’ 2-run homer off of SP Darwin Monday.
Quentin Stubber follows with a single, reaches second base on a passed ball and third base on a wild pitch during 1B Byron Tope’s at-bat.
Tope then singles in Stubber for the inning’s third run.
Kingston 0 – Wellington 6

Top of the 6th:
LF Jayden Tennant walks with one out and reaches third on 2B Mo Symes double.
Tennant scores on C Cereneo Tolentino’s sac fly.
Back-to-back doubles by 3B Albert Howard and Darwin Monday scores Symes and Howard.
Kingston 3 – Wellington 6

Top of the 9th:
With 1-out, PH Andrew Jensen draws a walk off of RP Bryan Newitt. Jensen moves to third on CF Soshu Shimizu’s double. RF Chong-sik Lee singles to score Jensen.
SS Okura Ito reaches base on an error at second base. The error allows Shimizu to score.
After 1B Fergus Chitty walks to load the bases, Jayden Tennant singles, scoring both Lee and Ito to give Kingston the lead for good.
Kingston 7 – Wellington 6

POG: Athletics’ 3B Ryley McLarnon – 3 for 5 with 1 3B, 2 R and 2 RBI.

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Game 6 – April 14
Wellington 3 – Kingston 13




Bottom of the 1st:
CF Soshu Shimizu leads off with a single, but is out at second on a fielder’s choice. SS Okura Ito singles, moving RF Chong-sik Lee to second. 1B Fergus Chity follows with a triple, scoring Lee and Ito.
After LF Jayden Tennant walks, 2B Mo Symes doubles to score Chitty. C Cereneo Tolentino reaches first on an error, allowing Tennant to score the inning’s fourth run.
Wellington 0 – Kingston 4

Bottom of the 2nd:
Soshu Shimizu leads off with a single, but again is out at second on a fielder’s choice. After Chong-sik Lee’s steal of second, Fergus Chitty singles him in to score.
Wellington 0 – Kingston 5

Top of the 5th:
2B Tom Addis leads off with a single and reaches third base when SS Gabriel Fairless singles with 1-out. Addis tags up and comes in to score on SP Michael Hanley’s sac fly.
Wellington 1 – Kingston 5

Bottom of the 6th:
Kingston’s big inning begins with SP Joey Cumberledge reaching first base on a throwing error. Soshu Shimizu draws a walk and Chong-sik Lee singles to load the bases.
Okura Ito promptly singles to score Cumberledge. Fergus Chitty then draws a walk with the bases loaded to score Shimizu. SP Michael Hanley is then relieved by Bryan Newitt.
But Kingston will not be denied.
Jayden Tennant singles to score Lee. Mo Symes’s sac fly scores Ito from third.
Cereneo Tolentino singles to reload the bases.
3B Albert Howard draws a walk, scoring Fergus Chitty. PH Norm Callaway also draws a walk, scoring Tennant.
Tolentino comes in to score on a fielder’s choice, before the inning mercifully comes to an end.
Wellington 1 – Kingston 12

Top of the 7th:
CF Colin Blyth draws a lead-off walk off of Tadayuki Sakai, who came in to relieve Joey Cumberledge. Gabriel Fairless singles and reaches second when Blyth beats out the throw at third.
RP Bryan Newitt singles, scoring both Blyth and Fairless.
Wellington 3 – Kingston 12

Bottom of the 7th:
Fergus Chitty puts an exclamation point on the game and series with a solo shot to left field with 1-out. RP Tadayuki Sakai shuts down Wellington the rest of the way and the Kingston Pelicans win the inaugural United Cup.
Wellington 3 – Kingston 13

POG: Pelicans 1B Fergus Chitty – 3 for 3 with 1 HR, 1-3B, 3 R, 5 RBI and 2 BB.
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April 24, 1938

With the conclusion of the first baseball season in Braeland, awards were handed out acknowledging the great performances baseball fans enjoyed this past season. First up were the outstanding fielders in both the Eastern League and Western League.

Also awarded were the Managers of the Year in both leagues, the Babe Ruth Award for best hitters, the Satchel Paige Award for best pitcher and finally, the inaugural All-Braeland Team.

Top Fielders – Eastern League

Pitcher: Pete Allison (Embro Suns) – 2.37 RF, +3.5 ZR, 1.122 EFF, 0.971

Catcher: Dylan Watkins (Wellington Athletics) – 4.77 RF, +4.2 ZR, 1.096 EFF, 0.981

First Base: Tony Blakeney (Stratford Barons) – 11.08 RF, +1.1 ZR, 1.013 EFF, 0.992

Second Base: Katsunan Chikafuji (Queensland Eagles) – 6.42 RF, +10.7 ZR, 1.046 EFF, 0.972

Third Base: Andy Johnson (Downie Chiefs) – 2.84 RF, +6.1 ZR, 1.035 EFF, 0.949

Shortstop: Naoaki Kawasaki (Downie Chiefs) – 5.02 RF, +8.7 ZR, 1.034 EFF, 0.980

Left Field: Eric Anderson (Stratford Barons) – 2.26 RF, +18.5 ZR, 1.123 EFF, 0.992

Center Field: Lenny Wyatt (Downie Chiefs) – 3.01 RF, +9.7 ZR, 1.052 EFF, 0.989

Right Field: Tom Addis (Wellington Athletics) – 2.69 RF, +16.9 ZR, 1.099 EFF, 0.984

Top Fielders – Western League

Pitcher: Darwin Monday (Kingston Pelicans) – 2.61 RF, +2.1 ZR, 1.048 EFF, 0.986

Catcher: Kane Broom (Hespeler Stars) – 4.60 RF, +4.3 ZR, 1.096 EFF, 0.989

First Base: William Tozer (Fort Richmond Generals/Pulberry Trolleys) – 11.38 RF, +2.1 ZR, 1.010 EFF, 0.990

Second Base: Aiden Serdon (Cambria Cannons) – 5.75 RF, +8.4 ZR, 1.028 EFF, 0.974

Third Base: Kian Meadmore (Hespeler Stars) – 3.28 RF, +10.7 ZR, 1.043 EFF, 0.943

Shortstop: Philip Ducat (Wolseley Unions) – 5.59 RF, +13.8 ZR, 1.058 EFF, 0.981

Left Field: Joe Olver (Cambria Cannons) – 2.16 RF, +20.5 ZR, 1.131 EFF, 0.981

Center Field: Gilbert Austin (Hespeler Stars) – 2.80 RF, +12.2 ZR, 1.059 EFF, 0.967

Right Field: Arthur Carruth (Wolseley Unions) – 2.60 RF, +15.5 ZR, 1.123 EFF, 0.976
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Escalating Japanese Aggression in China Spurs House to Action

BRAELAND CITY, July 7 (BP) – By a vote of 105-14, Parliament gave overwhelming approval today to the establishment of a United States fueling base in Cardigan Bay at Cambria. Declaring it was time to “end Parliament’s vacillation and stand up and be counted”, Braeland Prime Minister Douglas Avery urged all sitting members to ratify the Braelander-American agreement that has been hotly debate since it was introduced in the House two weeks ago.

Citing recent reports of a horrific massacre in Nanking, China’s capital, at the hands of the Imperial Japanese Army, and the apparent escalation of the Sino-Japanese war in Kiangsu Province, Prime Minister Avery gave an impassioned speech calling for action at the start of morning sessions.

“The reports by Mr. [John] Rabe of the terrible atrocities committed in and around Nanking horrify us and give us pause; they show the extent to which the Empire of Japan will go to achieve their ends. And make no mistake; Japanese aggression in the Republic of China is merely a staging area for further aggression in the Pacific. Braeland cannot continue deluding itself into thinking that it is too remote to be affected by international conflicts. It is time for action and to take appropriate measures for the defense of Braeland.”

Heeding the Prime Minister’s call to take up the issue of the establishment of an American naval base in Cardigan Bay “without delay”, the lower House immediately agreed to end debate and voted on the accord. Upon leaving the House following the successful vote, Prime Minister Avery praised members for putting Braeland ahead of partisan feelings.

“This wasn’t about a government or a party getting its way; this was about doing what was in the best interests of the country, and that’s what happened in the House today. I applaud all members for taking action at this most crucial time. The South Pacific has been made more secure because of this.”

The agreement between Braeland and the United States to establish a naval fueling base in Cardigan Bay for supporting American naval operations in the South Pacific was primarily the work of Braeland’s Minister of Defence Charles Corry and Claude A. Swanson, United States Secretary of the Navy. The agreement calls for the provision of tank storage for 200,000 barrels of fuel oil and 38,000 barrels of gasoline, a seaplane base, installations necessary for a defense detachment of 3,500 men and suitable harbour facilities. The facility will form a key part in maintaining a line of military defense and communication in the South Pacific, a line that currently stretches 7,800 miles, from Panama to Sydney, Australia.

But the agreement has its critics, who express fears that the measure signals a potential threat to the freedom of Japanese citizens residing and working in Braeland. Braeland is home to about 34,000 citizens of Japanese background. Although that represents just 0.3% of Braeland’s total population, it is significant to a country that has only recently begun to enjoy friendly and open relations with Japan, especially since the re-establishment of the Monarchy.

Observing these developments, both home and abroad, is the United Leagues and its associated minor leagues. The League reports that it currently employs approximately 90 players and 7 coaching personnel who are from Japan. A number of Japanese-born players enjoyed success this past season in the United Leagues, such as Kingston’s SS Okura Ito and Stratford’s SP Kazuhiko Chikafuji. But native-born Braelanders of Japanese descent, such as Queensland’s star player SS Katsunan Chikafuji may also be in the crosshairs if the country succumbs to a war hysteria mentality, a fear that opponents to a United States naval base in Braeland feel can only grow in light of today’s developments.

The government, however, has been quick to try and ease such fears, stressing that this action is not directed at ordinary citizens, but to a potential threat that may or may not transpire. “This is an act of reason, not an act of unreasonableness”, stressed Minister of External Affairs, Gerald Stone.

For his part, United Leagues Commissioner Dr. David Westfall, refused to comment directly on the debate, simply stating that the Leagues will continue to work closely with its players and management to ensure that all are treated with respect and due consideration to any situation they may find themselves in.

“The make-up of the United Leagues reflects the makeup of the country; we have players and coaches and managers from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures, and the Leagues embrace that, just as the country does. And we will continue to embrace it.”

But the Commissioner declined to speculate on the impact a heightened military threat in the Pacific would have on baseball in Braeland.

“Obviously there are more important things in life than baseball”, the Commissioner allowed, “but to comment on hypotheticals would not be productive at this point, and frankly, it would serve no useful purpose. What we do know is that we have just come off a tremendous inaugural season in the United Leagues and we are gearing for another successful season in October. That is our focus.”

Following its successful passage through the Lower House, the agreement is now being sent to the Senate for its approval. However, it is expected to pass easily. Barring any unexpected delays, ground breaking for the new naval facility is slated for the first week in August.

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October 3, 1938

The Coconut Leagues are in the books and Opening Day has arrived. In this portion, we’ll look at the results of Spring Training as well as the projections for the teams in each League, starting in the East:





The defending Eastern League champions, the Wellington Athletics, finished on top of the standings, but if the projections mean anything, they will have a fight on their hands, just like last year. Only, instead of the Queensland Eagles being their primary foe, they will be battling the likes of the Stratford Barons and Embro Suns for a playoff berth. Not only that, but the Eagles and Brunswick Legends may also put up a challenge, perhaps hinting at a tight race down the stretch.

The Barons’ strength would appear to be in their pitching, as they are projected to have three pitchers enjoy Top 10 success:

• Ryan Borden (19-7, 2.75)
• Justin Hayhurst (17-12, 2.70)
• Kazuhiko Chikafuji (19-10, 3.07)

Along with a position player:

• Bryan Livesley (.314, 16 HR, 101 RBI)


The Athletics and Suns each had three position players projected to have Top 10 success, as well as one starting pitcher. Perhaps it’s no coincidence then that they are projected to finish within a game of each other in the standings.

For the Suns:

• Anthony Stavely (.356, 22 HR, 114 RBI)
• Paul Hooks (.322, 23 HR, 102 RBI)
• Jake Walker (.331, 4 HR, 86 RBI)
• Colm Soper (20-8, 2.55)

For the Athletics:

• Quentin Stubber (.303, 16 HR, 80 RBI)
• Bob Boynton (.309, 16 HR, 116 RBI)
• Ryley McLarnon (.336, 3 HR, 101 RBI)
• Clyde Boney (18-9, 3.09)

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Now, a look at the Western League:





The Kingston Pelicans finished with the best record in the West, indeed, the best record overall, but they are not projected to be quite as dominate like last season. At least two teams appear ready to challenge them: the Balmoral Giants and Pulberry Trolleys. What makes this all the more interesting is that they are coming off the two worst finishes from the previous season, and neither of them made much of an impression in Spring Training.

If looking at projected Top 10 performances only, the Pelicans would appear to be scary good, having no less than two position players and three pitchers making an appearance:

• Okura Ito (.340, 21 HR, 105 RBI)
• Fergus Chitty (.285, 29 HR, 108 RBI)
• Brady Murdy (20-12, 3.44)
• Hirotada Fukushima (18-10, 3.09)
• Joey Cumberledge (16-15, 2.92)

The fact is, the Pelicans are loaded with talent and have easily the best infield in the United Leagues. Only in centerfield, rightfield and the bullpen, could they be considered below average.

For the Giants, they have one position player and one pitcher in the Top 10:

• Ninfa Puzon (.329, 8 HR, 70 RBI)
• David Cooling (18-12, 2.84)

For the Trolleys, it’s a similar story:

• Finlay Petty (.320, 16 HR, 98 RBI)
• Owen Tautor (19-7, 3.34)

While projections are nice and all, the Kingston Pelicans appear to be just too dominate a team to be seriously challenged for top spot, barring major injuries of course. It looks like the only race in the West will be for the wild card this season.



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Eastern League: Monarchs Reign Supreme



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If there’s one lesson that Season 2 is teaching us one month into class, it’s that this is not Season 1. Last year’s doormat, the Braeland City Monarchs, is enjoying the view from the penthouse in the Eastern League. Now, this is just one month of course, not a whole season, so we mustn’t get ahead of ourselves. But still, baseball fans are certainly enjoying the uncertainty of the early season, where just 4.5 games separate top spot from 7th. Here’s hoping the rest of the way continues as a free for all.

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Here a look at the top 3 teams in the East:

For the first two weeks in October, the Braeland City Monarchs were losing twice as many games as they won (4-8) and everything was going according to script. But then, they found their groove and went 13-3 the rest of the way. Heading into November, they find themselves in first place, a half-game up on the Stratford Barons. Offense has been the main story, as the Monarchs lead in a host of batting stats. But their pitching has not been bad either, finishing 1st in ERA (3.48) and 2nd in Starters’ ERA (3.44). Standout performances not only propelled the club to the top of the standings, but also captured all three Player of the Month honours in the East.

Key Injuries: 40-year old relief pitcher RHP Hyo-cheong Yu is injured again, having suffered a torn elbow ligament in Spring Training. He is expected back in two weeks. Maybe.

Performance Highlights: A pair of rookies helped propel the Monarchs to the top of the standings in October and both enjoyed 5-hit games.

First, Adam Ashley went 5 for 6 against the Embro Suns on October 6, as the Monarchs blocked out the Suns 14-6. Ashley doubled in the 1st, tripled in the 2nd, singled in the 4th, hit an RBI single in the 5th, flied out in the 7th and hit an RBI single in the 8th. The speedy Ashley currently leads off in the batting order for Braeland City.

On October 30, Trevor Bolen went 5 for 5 against the Stratford Barons. Bolen singled in the 2nd, singled in the 4th, doubled in the 5th, hit a two-run double in the 6th and hit an RBI single in the 8th. The Monarchs won 8-7. Bolen, who was the first overall pick in last season’s amateur draft, has settled in nicely, batting 4th against righties and 5th against lefties. He is also seeing playing time at both 2B and LF.




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If not for the Monarchs, the Stratford Barons would have been the talk of October, as they compiled a 16-11 record. The Barons appear to be a nicely balanced team, averaging 1st to 3rd in a majority of categories. Only in Starters’ ERA (5th – 4.02) are they below average thus far.

Key Injuries: RHP Finley Van tore an elbow ligament in Spring Training; he is expected to miss another 8 weeks.

Performance Highlight: C Gavin Hurley has been sensational for the Barons in the early going and enjoyed a 5 for 5 game against the Downie Chiefs on October 4. Hurley singled in the 1st, hit an RBI double in the 3rd, singled in the 5th, singled in the 7th, singled in the 8th and flied out in the 9th (sac fly). Despite his efforts, the Barons lost 10-9 in the bottom of the 9th.




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The Embro Suns are hot on the heels of the Monarchs and Barons, as they finished October with a 16-12 record. Offensively, they are just fine, averaging 2nd-3rd in most categories, but are struggling in pitching and defense. Starter’s ERA (7th-4.12) and defensive eff. (7th-.664) will have to improve for them to maintain their success.

Key Injuries: 1B Anthony Stavely (.330/.373/.593, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 15 R, 7 BB), one of the League’s top players, was hit by a pitch and fractured his cheekbone in a game against the Barons back on October 15. He is out for another 4 weeks.


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November 1, 1938

Western League: Pelicans Have Company



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Similar to the Braeland City Monarchs, the Balmoral Giants languished near the bottom of the standings last season. But in October, the Giants enjoyed a view at the top alongside the defending champions, the Kingston Pelicans. In fact, only 7.5 games separate first from last, with the Giants and Pelicans tied for top spot. The Cambria Cannons are not far behind, as they are tied for second with the Sherburn Tigers, 2.5 games back of first.

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Here’s a look at the top 4 teams in the West:

The Balmoral Giants have been very impressive in both pitching (1st – 2.96 ERA) and defense (1st - .723), but have been rather lackluster on offense (5th – 7th). But they have done enough to earn them a tie for top spot in the West. While they went 5-5 at home in October, they were impressive on the road, going 13-5.

Key Injuries: None.

Performance Highlight: Domenic Carmody made history on October 7, as he became the first player in the United Leagues to hit 3 home runs in a game. He accomplished it against the Pelicans no less, helping the Giants to 10-2 victory. Camody hit a solo-shot in the 2nd, hit another solo-shot in the 4th and a two-run home run in the 5th. All of them came off of SP-LHP Dave Mapp. Carmody walked in the 7th and grounded out in the 9th.


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The Kingston Pelicans started off the season with a 3-game sweep of the Wolseley Unions, but then were swept themselves in four games at home by the Balmoral Giants. That appeared to wake them up, as they went 15-6 the rest of the month. That stretch also included a 3-game sweep of the Giants in Balmoral. Does this portend a rivalry in the making? The Pelicans have started out strong again on offense (1st-2nd in a score of categories) as well as pitching/defense (3rd in ERA and def. eff.)

Key Injuries: United Cup MVP LF Jayden Tennant dislocated his finger in a Spring Training game in September. He should be back in two weeks.


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The Cambria Cannons find themselves just 2.5 games of first place in the early going. Their main strength thus far has been their pitching (2nd – ERA). However, they have been fairly mediocre on offense (5th – 6th). How long they can stay in the thick of things remains to be seen.

Key Injuries: None.


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The month of October for the Sherburn Tigers can be summed up in one name: Gary Watkinson. On route to winning Batter of the Month honours, he was also player of the week in Week 2 and is currently on a 28-game hitting streak (29 is the record in the young League). On offense, the Tigers rival the Pelicans (1st – 2nd in a number of categories) but are absolutely horrendous in pitching/defense (8th in seven categories, 7th in two). At least they know what they have to work on.

Key Injuries: None.


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