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Orillia Taxi Service Indians Primed For Weekend Success

Silky Smooth

By Silky Smooth

The Orillia Taxi Service Indians (325-8888) will look to wily veterans Terry "Rainmaker" Baker (pictured right) and John "The Hammer" Hammill (pictured left) this weekend, as The Tribe readies itself for action in The Northern Shootout Slo-Pitch Tournament being held in Orillia. The June 24-26 extravaganza will see The OTS Indians compete for the coveted recreational division title, as their petition to play in the 'A' division was recently denied for undisclosed reason; a controversial decision that has left many of The Tribes fans disappointed.
Heading into the weekend The OTS Indians are looking to Baker to kick start the offense from the top of the rack, something he has done all season. Baker is hitting at an unprecedented .830 clip over the past month with multiple extra base hits during that span. Baker said, "I'm seeing the ball well at the dish and everything being thrown looks like a beach ball coming in. I'm just looking to touch some green out there and set the table for the big sticks in our lineup." Baker is not only an offensive threat, but also covers a ridiculous amount of real estate in the outfield and has 11 assists on the season thus far.
Not to be overshadowed is veteran shortstop Hammill, who is riding a current 13 game hit streak. Although the number of extra base hits has declined for the former silver slugger, he is still a feared threat when he steps up to the plate. Hammill's teammate and skip, Steve Butterworth, said of Hammill, "What John has lost in foot speed on the bases he makes up for with his ability to anticipate and read the play as it unfolds. He use to crush McDoubles and McTriples, but he claims to be suffering from a nagging hamstring injury. I think it may be his age and reluctance to hit the gym, but regardless of the reason he is still a clutch hitter who we rely on heavily to produce offense."
You can follow Baker, Hammill, and the rest of The Orillia Taxi Service Indians by googling TRIBESLOPITCH and clicking on the WIX link.

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