13th Annual Winterball Baseball Game
December 7, 2013
Temperature – 37°
French Hens 7, Turtle Doves 5
Boston English HS, Jamaica Plain, MA
In the 13th Annual Winterball baseball game, the French Hens defeated the Turtle Doves, 7-5, in 37°, but otherwise perfect conditions. This annual snow hitter benefits the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots program, as each player donates an unwrapped toy for the cause.
The French Hens jumped out to a 1-0 lead after Chris Deane (Astros, Yawkey League) tripled in the second inning. The Hens hatched 4 more runs in the 3rd inning behind a couple of walks and singles by Kevin O’Leary (Giants, MSBL) and Ryan Bere (Blue Jays, MABL), bringing the score to 5-0. The Turtle Doves flew back into the game, making it 5-2, in the 4th inning with hits from Jeff Cabral (Dodgers), Peter Amico (Cantab Warriors, MSBL) and Brett Rudy (Brewers, MSBL).
The game went into the 9th inning with the French Hens now up 7-4. The Doves chalked up a run and put the tying run on base with singles from Walden, Dan Sweet (Senators, MABL) and Brandon Wright (White Sox, MSBL) single, but the partridge settled onto the pear tree with a final of 7-5.