Hon­ourable men­tions

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - SPORTS -

In his Fish de­but last sea­son, Heisler was a rock on both of­fence and in the out­field, though his pol­ished and con­sis­tent play didn’t al­ways at­tract the same at­ten­tion as a flashier player such as, oh, Josh Maz­zola. Rest as­sured, that will be chang­ing this year.

Con­sider his per­for­mance Mon­day night. Heisler — or, as a cou­ple of fans dubbed him, “Heis, Heis Baby” — snapped the Gold­eyes’ first hit of the game, as the lead­off hit­ter in the first in­ning. In the bot­tom of the third, he strolled up per­fectly pre­pared to de­liver a two-out RBI sin­gle, and did it. He fin­ished 3-for-4 with an RBI, and now holds a .439 av­er­age.

Plus, the out­fielder had a sweet mo­ment af­ter the fourth in­ning, when he was sur­prised on the field by his girl­friend Pay­ton. Ap­par­ently, he didn’t know she was in the crowd, so that was a Gold­eyes’ game-day sur­prise. The cou­ple then went head-to-head in a trivia game; Pay­ton won.

Other Gold­eyes stand­outs Mon­day: in the fourth, sec­ond base­man Ca­sio Grider flung him­self to the ground to make a brave third-out snag. In the sev­enth, re­liever Shimo com­bined with first base­man Ja­cob Rogers to pick off Ca­naries run­ner Frank Martinez — then Shimo turned around and fin­ished what he had started, strik­ing out catcher Cameron Garfield. Pretty sweet out­ing.

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