IN A TOTAL TEAM EFFORT FROM START TO FINISH, THE TWINKIES TOP THE ATHLETICS AT BICKFORD PARKUnder a hazy ceiling of hot and humid skies, the Twins defeated the A’s 7-3 in five innings of Mosquito Division action this evening at the Bickford Park South Diamond.
The proceeding was an entertaining and well played affair contested by two talented and well coached teams. In the end, the Twins utilized an elixir of strong pitching, solid defense, and making the most of the offensive opportunities presented to them to prevail for a hard fought victory over the pesky Athletics.
In the top of the first, the Twins staked themselves to an early 1-0 lead. After Stephen (3) and Sadie (2) drew respective walks to put two ducks on the pond, Julius (11) delivered an one RBI single that allowed Stephen to bring home the opening run of the game.
Finding his mojo, A’s starter Alex (10) would icily strike out two in the first to snuff out the Twins insurgency.
Cooper (7) stroked a majestic triple in the bottom of the first to put the Athletics in business. However, Twins starter Julius (11) would answer the salvo by using three strikeouts to retire the A’s and leave Cooper stranded and off the scoresheet.
The Twins offense would take advantage of four hits and a pair of walks in the top of the second to extend their lead to 5-0. After Thomas (9) singled and Liam B. (8) walked to put two Twinkies on the base paths, Lewis (7) stroked an one out RBI single to plate Thomas.
Following a single by Miles (12) that loaded the bases, Liam (15) drew a RBI walk that brought Liam B. homeward and put the Twins up 3-0.
With the bases still juiced to the gills, Pearson (14) stepped into the batter’s box and delivered a 2 RBI single that allowed Lewis and Miles to come home to roost.
In a spirited foray on the mound, A’s reliever Pash (7) would strike out one in the second.
The Athletics bats stirred to life in the bottom of the second as they scored a run to trim the deficit to four. Following a walk by Noah (4) and a single by Eric (6) that put two mallards on the lake, Wolf (1) delivered a clutch two out RBI single that allowed Noah to motor home with the A’s first run.
With grit and determination, Twins reliever Liam (15) would mow down three Athletics with a John Deere D170 25-HP V-Twin Hydrostatic 54-inch Lawn Tractor to quell the A’s rebellion.
A’s reliever Cooper (2) would strike out two in the top of the third to keep the Twins off the scoreboard.
Cooper was helped out immeasurably on a nice defensive play by A’s first baseman Jayden (11). As Theo (5) led off the frame with a sharp grounder down the first base line, Jayden made a nice catch in the shoestrings of his glove to record the first out of the inning.
Twins pitcher Julius (11) would re-enter the fray in the bottom of the third and strike out two to keep the A’s off the scoring ledger.
The highlight of the inning was a nifty defensive play executed by Twins shortstop Stephen. Battling the glare of the sun, Stephen made a nice catch on a mile high pop up off the bat of Cooper to chalk up the third out and bring the curtain down on the third frame.
In the top of the fourth, the Twins tacked on another run to stretch their advantage to 6-1. With two Twinkies on board, Ruby (6) stroked a clutch two out RBI single that allowed Julius to come home to crow.
A’s reliever Jayden (11) would strike out one in the fourth to quell the Twins rebellion.
Refusing to surrender, the Athletics would score a run in the bottom of the fourth to cut the shortfall to four. Following a walk to Jayden and a single by Alex that put two runners on board at third and first, the A’s executed a pretty double steal. As the Twins defense tried to retire Alex as he stole second, it opened the door for Jayden to bolt home and trim the margin to 6-2.
Twins reliever Sadie (2) would strike out one in the fourth to extinguish the A’s uprising.
Sadie’s cause would be helped out on a nice solo double play by her first baseman. With one out and A’s baserunners at third and first, the Twins first baseman caught a pop up to record the second out. With the A’s baserunner wandering too far from first, he had the wherewithal to hustle over to the bag and step on it to ring up the third out of the frame.
The Twins would answer back in the top of the fifth and add an insurance run to widen their lead to 7-2. After drawing a lead off walk and taking second on a wild pitch, Liam B. would make a bold bid to steal third. As the A’s throw to nab him sailed high and down the third baseline, Liam B. motored homeward bound.
With guile, A’s reliever Mekai (14) would coax the Twins batting order to hit into three ground ball outs to bring the Twinkies insurgency to an end in the fifth.
Donning their rally caps, the gritty A’s rallied with a run in the bottom of the fifth. After leading off the frame with a walk and stolen base, Wolf would make a brazen bid to take third. On the play, the Twins effort to erase him sailed high and down the line and that allowed Wolf to speed home safely.
With a little help from his friends, Twins closer Stephen (3) would strike out one in the fifth to seal the deal on a well contested game versus the A’s.