Like father, like son

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

Clearly, two Henry Burrises are better than just one.

Henry Burris, the Calgary Stampeders quarterback, made a great fielding play in extra innings of his annual charity softball game yesterday at Seaman Field in Okotoks.

Burris' father, Hank Sr., gobbled up fly balls in left field and had a key RBI single as Team Black beat Team Grey 11-10 in eight innings.

Although he throws heat for the CFL club, Burris Jr. gave up four runs in the bottom of the seventh to blow a save opportunity tossing softballs.

He made up for it in the bottom of the eighth, picking up an errant relay throw from centre field and throwing out J.R. Ruffin at home -- in a style made famous by Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

"Drama is what it's all about," said Burris. "We wanted to provide some entertainment for these fans."

Burris Sr. did his part, catching a Trey Young fly ball to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the six.

But he was also clutch at the plate, driving in John Avery with a single in the fifth. For his effort, he was named game MVP.

"It's been a long time," Burris Sr. told P.A. announcer, Jock Wilson after his hit.

Avery drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly as Stampeders receiver Greg Hetherington sprinted home from second base due to some lazy fielding by Randy Chevrier.

The Stampeders long-snapper/defensive lineman made a nice grab to rob Avery of extra bases, but he was unaware Hetherington was at second to start the inning, which is the norm in softball.

"It's really upsetting to me that nobody told me about that rule in extra innings," Chevrier said. "That basically cost our team the game. So disappointing."

The same situation arose in the bottom of the eighth, as Ruffin tried scoring.

The relay trickled to Burris Jr., and he threw to the catcher, Avery, who put the tag on the Stampeders defensive back and kick returner.

"I knew I was going to get hit but I saw Hank going for the ball," said Avery. "Ruffin was charging fast, and he ran into me, but it was all worth it to make the play.

"That's probably the first time I've ever made a nice play in baseball."

All proceeds from the Henry Burris All-Star Weekend go to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Calgary.

Avery easily summed up how the participants felt about the softball game.

"My Irish stepfather always tells me, if you don't come out to have fun, then just stay home," the running back said with a chuckle.

Former Stamps DB Jackie Kellogg provided the bulk of the offence for Team Grey, driving in three runs with a homer, double and single.

'Big Daddy' Marvin Pope took the loss on the mound for Team Grey. Toronto Argonauts quarterback Damon Allen, known for his accurate throws on the football field, made three errors at third base in a rough outing for the all-time passing leader.


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