By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications
This story is beyond unbelievable. As kids, and adults, we dream of coming up in
the big situation, bases loaded, game on the line, and then we dramatically
drive the ball over the wall and the crowd goes wild. It becomes a true Gatorade moment. Well, this happened last week in the West
Metro Atlanta Men’s Senior Baseball Fall Saturday League. But wait, there’s more!
Enter Don Fletcher, who plays on the 35-over GA Dawgs in the
fall league. He is playing to stay sharp
for the MSBL Fall Classic in Florida, where he plans on competing. As the clean-up hitter Don stepped to the
plate with the bases juiced and promptly drilled one over the wall. Ok, that was a great shot and home runs come
at a premium in most MSBL divisions. His
next time up it was the same situation. You’re probably way ahead of me. Boom! There it goes. Another grand slam. Unbelievable. Now it gets wild.
Yes, Don came
up again later in the game, bases loaded…Bam! Out it goes for another four RBI. Three grand slams in one game! But it’s not over yet. Don came
up AGAIN with the bases loaded. The Braves wisely walked him so that he would only get one RBI. Somebody check Guinness! (The world records, not the beer!) Final score: GA Dawgs 22, 715 Braves 3.
Frank John is one of the pitchers who unfortunately had to face Don on this historic day. "I pitched against Don on Saturday
and he actually came up five times with the bases loaded! The other time he hit
with the bases juiced he hit a towering fly ball to right, around 250’. He just
Frank is a veteran pitcher who also spends a lot of time on the mound at the MSBL World Series in Arizona with the Lehigh Valley Moondogs. He added, "That is the first home run I have given up in five years. Don really crushed those balls. I would guess that
every home run traveled a minimum of 350'.
That would have been number "4”
for the day. None of the shots were cheap, either. The fence in right field is
315 and he drove the ball over the right-center field fence each time. There is
also a screen above the fence to protect the pedestrians on the jogging track.
That fence is another 15’-20’ high. Unbelievable is right!"
Explained league president Ron Huck, "The Dawgs accumulated
25 hits and Don seized the opportunity against three different pitchers. He finished the game with 13 RBI. I give the other team credit for continuing
to pitch to him. It is all in good
fun. Our Fall League is in place as an
opportunity to tune up for the Fall Classic and get new players ready for the
new season. I think Don is ready!”