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.
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.
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.
Toledo 5, Chicago 3. The Neptunes hand the Architects their first defeat of the season, snapping their 13-game winning streak.
Thunder Bay 4, Traverse City 1. Karl Zanardi hits a three-run homer in the 11th.
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.
Toledo 7, Traverse City 1. It’s a pitchers’ duel until the ninth, when the Neptunes score six.
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.