Defending champion Chicago begin the new season with 13 straight wins. Duluth loses 14 straight, Detroit wins 8 straight, and Windsor loses 8 straight. Thunder Bay signs some big names and seizes first place in Canada. Pitching dominates, with league ERAs around 3.00.
Chicago’s Harrison McGill (.333, 6 HR, 14 RBI) and Toronto’s John McIlymoyle (.325, 5 HR, 18 RBI) win Batter of the Month. Chicago closer Emmet Dodman (5-0, 7 SV, 2.75 ERA) and Hamilton’s Ernie Henderson (6-0, 0.54 ERA) win Pitcher of the Month. Henderson begins the season by pitching 32 scoreless innings. Kingston’s Greg Patterson (3-1, 2.59 ERA) and Toledo’s Gray Dijkstra (.240, 1 HR) win Rookie of the Month.
Hamilton 2, Windsor 1 (10). In the bottom of the tenth, shortstop Bob Terwilliger singles in Harry Carter to give the Mounties a walk-off win on Opening Day.
Hamilton 4, Windsor 0. Ernie Henderson pitches a three-hit shutout.
Chicago 7, Detroit 3. Chicago’s first three hits net them seven runs. In the third, two walks and a home run score three. One inning later, a double, a walk, an error, a hit batsman, and another double score four.
Toronto 5, Thunder Bay 0. John McIlmoyle hits a solo home run in the seventh and a grand slam in the eighth.
Windsor 1, Hamilton 0. The first batter of the game, Dave Dodd, singles, steals second, advances to third base on a passed ball, and scores on a single. It’s the game’s only run. Ramón Vázquez and two relievers combine on a three-hit shutout.
Toledo 4, Traverse City 0. Eduardo Guzmán tosses a shutout. He gives up six hits—all singles—and walks just two.
Thunder Bay 7, Hamilton 3. Caribou off-season signing Miguel Suárez tees off on his old team, going 3-for-4 with a double, home run, and three RBIs.
Traverse City 5, Duluth 1 (11). Troy Lee hits a grand slam in the top of the 11th.
Toledo 2, Duluth 1. Toledo’s Ryan Ward (1-0) gives up just one hit, a single, over eight innings of work. Duluth scores their only run on two errors, a stolen base, and a wild pitch.
Detroit 7, Milwaukee 5. In the seventh inning, with his team down two and with two outs and two men on, Rafael Morales homers to left.
Chicago 4, Traverse City 3. With Chicago trailing, 3-1, in the bottom of the eighth, Maël Durant hits a three-run home run. Greg Felter, signed by Chicago in the off-season, goes 4-for-4 with two singles and two doubles. The Architects (8-0) remain undefeated.
Owen Sound 1, Toronto 0. A rematch of last year’s Canadian League Championship, both clubs come into this season with new general management. For his second consecutive start, Jesse Howard (2-0) pitches eight shutout innings. He strikes out seven, walks none, and allows just three singles.
Thunder Bay 3, Kingston 0. Last year’s Rookie of the Year, Yakumo Hasegawa (3-0), strikes out 12 over eight shutout innings of work.
Toronto 7, Windsor 6. Clyde Benson hits a pair of solo home runs.
Hamilton 1, Owen Sound 0. Ernie Henderson (3-0) pitches another shutout. He walks two, gives up three hits, and strikes out just one. He begins this season with 26 straight scoreless innings.
Chicago 3, Duluth 2. Two teams going in opposite directions: the Architects win their tenth straight game, while Duluth loses their eighth straight. A sac fly in the bottom of the ninth wins the game for Chicago.
Thunder Bay 2, Kingston 1 (11). Veteran Karl Zanardi hits a walk-off home run against his old team.
Owen Sound 7, Hamilton 5 (15). Geoff Harris hits a two-run home run to tie the game, then hits a two-run home run to give the Waveriders a walk-off win.
Chicago 2, Toledo 1. The Architects win their 13th game. Off-season signing Théo Charles (1-0) pitches seven shutout innings, allowing three singles and no walks.
Owen Sound 3, Thunder Bay 1. Coming into the game tied for first place, the Caribou win on Daniel Rivera‘s eighth-inning two-run blast.
Milwaukee 1, Traverse City 0. Carlos Snow (2-1) tosses seven shutout innings, striking out nine. Karel van de Linde‘s line drive over the right field fence provides the game’s only run.
Thunder Bay 3, Owen Sound 2. The Caribou score two in the bottom of the ninth. Dave Norman singles in Charlie Ruíz for the walk-off win.
Hamilton 5, Toronto 4 (10). Toronto’s Jorge Barrón goes 4-for-6 with a home run and two doubles, but Hamilton’s Arthur Walker gets the last word with a solo home run in the tenth.
Toledo 5, Chicago 3. The Neptunes hand the Architects their first defeat of the season, snapping their 13-game winning streak.
Hamilton 4, Toronto 2. Ernie Henderson’s scoreless inning streak ends at 32 innings, but Hamilton wins.
Milwaukee 4, Traverse City 3 (10). The Eagles score runs in the seventh and eighth to tie the game. David McTary hits a two-run homer in the tenth to win it.
Chicago 5, Toronto 4 (10). Daniel Huffman‘s eighth inning grand slam ties the game. Earl Stretton‘s tenth inning solo home run wins it.
Thunder Bay 4, Traverse City 1. Karl Zanardi hits a three-run homer in the 11th.
Detroit 3, Windsor 2. The T-Birds score two in the bottom of the ninth. Albert Forbes singling in the winning run.
Toledo 3, Owen Sound 2 (10). With two outs and the bases loaded, Toledo’s Claude Schwartz singles in two runs to send the game to extra innings. The Neptunes win it in the 10th.
Duluth 2, Hamilton 0. The Gulls snap their 14-game losing streak. Dave MacIlrevie (2-2) pitches six shutout innings.
Owen Sound 7, Chicago 6. Daniel Rivera goes 4-for-5 with a home run, two singles, and a ninth-inning double that drives in the tying and the winning run.
Milwaukee 7, Windsor 1. Eagles left fielder Billy Burrough gets his first start of the season, and he goes 4-for-4 with a double and a grand slam. Carlos Snow (3-1) pitches 7.1 shutout innings.
Thunder Bay 4, Owen Sound 3. The Waveriders take the lead with a two-run eighth. With two outs in the ninth, Caribou shortstop Christophe Latour hits a three-run home run.
Detroit 7, Duluth 4 (12). Dave Steele‘s ninth-inning pinch-hit home run ties the game. Michael Wilder’s 13th-inning triple drives in two and wins it for the T-Birds. It’s the eighth straight win for Detroit.
Thunder Bay 14, Owen Sound 2. The Caribou score 11 runs in the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Kenzie Adamson drives in the second of those with a single, and later in the inning he caps the scoring with a three-run homer.
Hamilton 2, Toronto 1. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Andrés Fuentes hits a two-run walk-off home run.
Hamilton 1, Toronto 0. Abraham Taylor (1-2) shuts out the Maples on 98 pitches. He allows a pair of singles, walks two, and strikes out two.
Hamilton 5, Windsor 2. With his team trailing, 2-1, Mountie Don Rudge hits a two-run homer. Six pitches later, Jim Riordan hits a two-run homer.
Toledo 7, Traverse City 1. It’s a pitchers’ duel until the ninth, when the Neptunes score six.
Duluth 7, Milwaukee 3 (15). Backup catcher Chet Young‘s 15th-inning bases-loaded double breaks a three-all tie.
Chicago 2, Detroit 1 (10). In a matchup of free agent signings, Steve Klassen and Théo Charles both pitch well but get no-decisions. Jim Leonard hits a walk-off single in the tenth.
Hamilton 9, Windsor 0. Ernie Henderson (6-0) pitches his third shutout of the month.
Thunder Bay 8, Toronto 0. Yakumo Hasegawa (5-0) pitches a one-hitter. He strikes out nine, walks two, and allows just one single.
Chicago 6, Detroit 5. The T-Birds take a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth. They retire the first two batters. Chicago loads the bases. A hit batsman scores one, and a Rick Blackmore scores two to give Chicago the walk-off win.