WEARING THEIR RED SHOES, THE HALOS SEW UP THE SOX TO EARN THE OPENING DAY VICTORY AT TRINITY-BELLWOODS PARK
Game Post edited with a file from Michael Goldsmith and Tim Burke
Under a ceiling of hot and muggy skies, the Angels defeated the White Sox 9-6 in 3 ½ innings of Mosquito Division play this evening at Trinity-Bellwoods Diamond 2.
Here is an Angels recap of the game:
- The Angels led by a solid pitching from Dante, Rorden and Liam, who threw strikes at the White Sox lineup while battling their way through four innings.
- Lucky made a great inning ending play at third base to support his pitchers and Angels were alert on D.
- Elliot had a big day at the plate with a double.
- Andre had a solid single and the Halos showed their speed? all game long on the base paths.
- The White Sox almost pulled even in the fourth and were led by great pitching and some fine defense.
Here is a White Sox account of the proceedings:
After the storms cleared, the sun came out strong over diamond 2 at Trinity-Bellwoods Park. With the infield perfectly groomed, the fans were in abundance for the Mosquito Division Season Opener between the White Sox and Angels.
The White Sox got on the scoreboard right away in the top of the first with three runs resulting from some aggressive baserunning by Ethan (14), Joaquin (11), and Sam (7) scoring off of Tavaris’ (5) hard hit single to take a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first, making his regular season debut as the White Sox catcher, Ethan, caught for starting pitcher Joaquin (11), who chalked up one strikeout and fielded a hard grounder to get another out at first base. However, the Angels held strong and brought in four runs to seize a 4-3 advantage.
The Halos kept the White Sox off the scoresheet in the top of the second.
In the bottom of the second, after giving up one run, White Sox starter Joaquin struck out three Angels batters in a row to bring the curtain down on the inning.
Once again, the Angels defense was stellar in the top of the third as they kept the Sox off the scoring abacus to preserve their 5-3 lead.
In the bottom of the third, reliever Khalil (6) made his pitching debut for the White Sox. Although Khalil did very well and showed great control on the mound, the Angels were able to score four insurance runs to widen their lead to 9-3.
In the top of the fourth, the pesky White Sox refused to surrender and got the bats going as they loaded the bases. Subsequently, Sam (7), Willem (12) and Tavaris came home to roost and slice the deficit to three. However, that was not enough as the White Sox fell tothe Angels 9-6.
Nevertheless, the White Sox played well, got dirty and had a lot of fun at their season opener!