The books are closed on Week #5 of the regular season, and the Rimouski Fighting Moose have surged to the top of the LL East standings in what has been a roller-coaster ride so far in that division this season. The Moose are 20-12 at the close of the first trimester of baseball, two games ahead of the Toronto Nomads, who held the lead for the early weeks.
Last week, the Moose completed a four-game sweep of the Boston Brawlers, and after a rare Saturday rest day, they opened a home stand against rivals Montreal with a 2-1 comeback win yesterday.
Dao-zi Ling has been a big reason for Rimouski’s renaissance. The veteran catcher was huge last season for the Bull Cup champion Calgary Inferno, and signed to a major 2-year deal with the Moose under former GM Bob Weinberg. So far this year, the 3-time MVP is batting .324 with 9 home runs, 15 runs scored, and 22 RBIs.
Meanwhile, Ricky Sandoval was a surprising LL Player of the Week announcement. The Detroit Motorheads shortstop has usually sent in league average performances, but had a great run against Toronto and Ohio last week, batting 8-for-16 with a homer and 6 RBIs. He improved his average from .164 to .227 for the season, and hopes to continue the trend.
In the AEL, it was Denver’s hot-hitting third baseman, Roberto Lozano, who was named Player of the Week. He has been solid for the Danger all year but turned it up a notch last week, claiming 6 home runs, driving in 13 runs, and batting 12-for-25 as the Danger rose to the top of the AEL East division standings, one game ahead of the Admirals.