Patience at the plate pays offin 7th-inning fastball win

The resurrection of senior men’s fastball in Duncan continued on Tuesday as the Gord Closson Forest Products Fastball Club edged Wheatsheaf 2-1 in its home opener, improving to 4-0 on the season.

After mercying their opponents in the first two games, the Duncan club has just eked out wins in its last two, both victories coming in the seventh inning.

After giving up a home run in the first inning on Tuesday, Duncan tied the score in the fifth. Dave Devana hit a double, then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored as Marty Steen was put out at first.

With the score still tied at one apiece in the bottom of the seventh, Steen singled, then Bob Court and Brad Robinson both walked to load the bases. Wheatsheaf was trying to throw something at Rick Smith that he couldn’t hit, which isn’t easy, and Steen scored the winning run on a passed ball.

Korrey Gareau, who has pitched all four games for the Duncan team, earned the victory.

The squad is hosting a tournament at the Glenora ball fields this weekend, with their own games scheduled for 12, 4 and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Playoff games will go at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The team also has three more home games this month, on June 10, 17 and 24, all at 7 p.m. They are also gearing up to host the Gord Closson Fall Classic at the Glenora fields in late August.