During the last decade, there have been several instances across the nation in which young athletes have gone into cardiac arrest while playing their sport. Tragically, some died in large part because an AED wasn’t readily available, or if it was, it was not in a place where it could be retrieved in a timely fashion.
Last year in the NFL, Bills safety Damar Hamlin’s heart stopped beating after a tackle. The timely actions of medical personnel with an AED in tow likely saved his life.
And on the Door County League’s (DCL) opening day this year, a line drive hit a Maplewood Mets pitcher in the chest. It was during those few scary minutes afterward when those on the scene realized that there was no AED on-site, and maybe the DCL fields should all have their own AEDs for the rare instances when they would be needed – not only for players, but also for umpires and fans.
The league sprang into action and began the push to get an AED at all fields once it found out that only two fields had them. Now a Fill the Boot campaign for donations is going on at every ballpark this summer, and a GoFundMe page has been set up as well. Email the DCL at [email protected] to get more information.
The Swami had a perfect 4-0 prediction last week to bring his season record to 25-3.
Let’s take a look at the start of the season’s second half.
Egg Harbor (4-3) @ Baileys Harbor (1-6)
A two-game winning streak has the Indians back in the hunt. Cory Fuller had four hits during last week’s win, and Nick Kita had three. They also drove in four runs each. The top-three hitters in the order crossed the plate 10 times Sunday, which was equal to the runs the team gave up in the win.
The Islanders held the A’s in check Sunday, when only River Pawelski was able to cross home plate on a Randy Martinez hit. It marked the third time in four games when the A’s were held to just one run. That won’t win you many games. I expect them to plate a few more Friday night, but the Indians will plate even more than that.
Swami says: Indians.
Institute (0-7) @ Washington Island (5-2)
The Cubbies scored as many runs Sunday as they had during their previous four games. Josh Pflieger, Arthur Hocevar, Frankie Ash and Elijah Reimer all had two hits Sunday. Kyle Ploor returned for the first time this year and had two RBIs. All but one starter had a hit, and if they can continue to hit like that, they might steal a game here soon.
The Islanders kept pace with the top teams by winning a rain-shortened game Sunday. This time it was Ryan Jorgenson whose pitching stole the show. Caleb Cornell, Ben Johnson and Bennett Isaacson all scored in the first inning, and the team never looked back.
The Cubs have not had a ton of success on the Island in recent years, and I don’t see that changing this week.
Swami says: Islanders.
West Jacksonport (4-3) @ Sister Bay (6-1)
The Ports are reeling, having scored a total of just three runs in two straight road losses after they had scored 42 runs during their previous two wins. Drew Tanck had three hits on Sunday, but that was about the extent of the offense. It won’t get any easier as they travel to Sister Bay to play a team that held them to two runs on opening day.
The Bays continue to keep pace with Kolberg, but it won’t be easy moving forward into July as they play three of the top teams in the next three weeks. Spencer Krause and Griffin Cole continued their hot hitting ways, but they may all need their bats Sunday for this game. The Ports could easily steal this one, but I can’t go against the Bays just yet.
Swami says: Bays.
Maplewood (2-5) @ Kolberg (6-1)
After scoring 38 runs during their previous two games, the Mets were held in check by Sister Bay on Sunday. Mark Villers went deep in the loss, and Will Jandrin drove in the other two runs on the day. Things won’t get easier either as they travel to play a hot Braves team.
The Braves hit the ball all over the place Sunday, with Jack Peterson leading the way with four hits. Nick LeCaptain, Austin Rohe, Christian Counard and Trevor Hawkey all chipped in three hits, which was more than they needed in their shutout of the Ports.
During their first meeting this year, Kolberg won big – 18-3 – and although the Mets seem to steal one from the Braves every year, the Braves seem a little more focused on their repeat aspirations.
Swami says: Braves.
Week 6 Results
Sister Bay 8, Maplewood 3
Washington Island 12, Baileys Harbor 1
Egg Harbor 20, Institute 10
Kolberg 17, West Jacksonport 0
Sister Bay 6-1
West Jacksonport 4-3
Washington Island 5-2
Egg Harbor 4-3
Baileys Harbor 1-6