ON A MISSION, TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS LAUNDER THE WHITE SOX TO EARN THEIR FIFTH EBA SELECT VICTORY OF THE SEASON AT CHRISTIE PITS
Beneath a tranquil ceiling of beautiful summer skies, our Toronto Playgrounds Rookie Ball Selects defeated the Martingrove White Sox 11-1 in 6 ½ innings of Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) Select action this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 3 to win their fifth game of the season and remain undefeated.
It was an entertaining proceeding between two talented and well coached teams. In the end, TP made the most of its opportunities to prevail for the victory over the pesky White Sox.
The TP offense cobbled together a total of sixteen hits during the game to gradually pull away from its opponent. Then they used a curtain of solid defensive play to turn away Martingrove anytime that they put runners on base and threatened.
Martingrove went quietly in the top of the first as the TP defense quelled their initial salvo to keep them off the scoresheet.
In the bottom of the first, TP jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. After Liam (17) led off the frame with a single, Emmett (8) delivered a double to put two aboard. Sam (2) followed with a RBI single to bring Liam home with the opening run of the game.
With one out, Marshall (20) stroked a sacrifice hit to plate Emmett. Desmond (3) followed with a RBI single that allowed Sam to come home to roost.
The White Sox answered back with a run in the top of the second to trim the deficit to two. With a runner on base, Francesco D.F. (7) delivered a one out RBI single to bring Francesco G. (20) home.
The highlight of the inning was a superb 9-2 putout that was executed with magical precision by the TP D. With Francesco D.F. barrelling homeward from second on Tommy’s (2) single to right, TP right fielder Sam corralled the ball and made a direct cannon throw to catcher Milo (45), who applied the brush tag on a sliding Francesco to chalk up the second out.
From the bottom of the second to the top of the fourth, neither TP or Martingrove could tally a run as the defensive prowess of both teams neutralized one another.
Going for the jugular, TP broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth as they launched a searing six hit assault to score five and widen their advantage to 8-1. After Liam led off the frame with a single, Emmett delivered a RBI double to bring him home. Sam would follow with a RBI double to plate Emmett.
After Jordan (1) singled to put two ducks on the pond, Desmond delivered an one out RBI single to bring Sam home and give TP a 6-1 lead. Thomas (10) would hit into a fielder’s choice that allowed Jordan to come home to crow.
Rennick (4) would stroke a two out single that allowed Thomas to advance from first to third. On the play, a Martingrove error opened the door for Rennick to move up to second and Thomas to scoot home with another run.
In the top of the fifth, the TP defense would turn away the White Sox again and keep them off the scoreboard. The highlight of the inning was TP catcher Thomas trapping Santino (7) in a rundown between home and third and ringing up the third out on a nice 2-5 putout.
TP would tack on another run in the bottom of the fifth to increase their lead to 9-1. After Dylan (9) and Dante (19) led off with back to back single to put two mallards on the lake, Milo stroked a RBI single that allowed Dylan to come home.
After the stymying the White Sox offense again in the top of the sixth, Toronto Playgrounds added two insurance runs in the bottom half of the inning to increase their lead to 11-1. Following singles by Sam and Jordan to lead off the frame, Marshall (20) would deliver them home with a 2 RBI double.
The TP defense would stifle the White Sox again in the top of the seventh to keep them off the scoring ledger and bring the curtain down on the proceedings.
The TP Rookie Ball Selects will take a brief break away from the EBA Select circuit this weekend when they participate in the West Hill Tournament (June 24-26).
After the tourney, the TP Rookie Ball Selects (5-0-1) will travel to Smythe Park to play in an EBA Select game versus York Riverdogs on June 28 at 6:30 p.m.