THE MAJESTIC ROYALS PREVAIL OVER THE PESKY M’s TO TAKE THE CROWN JEWELS OF SWEET VICTORY AT BICKFORD PARK
Beneath a sunny blanket of warm summer skies, the Royals defeated the Mariners 11-6 in three innings of Mosquito Division play this evening at the Bickford Park South Diamond.
The proceeding was a spirited contest between two talented and well coached teams. In the end, the Royals prevailed for victory by making the most of the opportunities that presented themselves as the game unfolded.
In the top of the first, the Mariners staked themselves to an early 2-0 lead. After William (10) and Grayson (11) drew back to back walks to put two aboard, Joshua (13) delivered a sacrifice hit that allowed William to come home with the opening run of the game. Ernesto (7) followed with a RBI single to plate Grayson.
Royals starter Jack (8) would strike out one in the top half of the first to subdue the Mariners insurgency.
The Royals would take advantage of seven walks in the bottom of the first to score four and take a 4-2 lead. With one out, Harrison (4), Stefano (7) and Jack garnered consecutive walks to load the bases. Bailey (5) would be hit by pitch and this allowed Harrison to mosey home with the Royals first run.
With the bases still juiced to the gills, Eli (11), Thomas (14) and Sam (9) followed with a conga line of respective RBI walks to bring Stefano, Jack and Bailey homeward.
Mariners starter Ernesto (7) had a spirited foray on the mound in the bottom of the first.
The Mariners defense shone brightly in the first inning when they were able to erase a Royals baserunner. After leading off the frame with a walk and advancing to second on a wild pitch, Ellery (12) of the Royals bolted for third in a brazen bid to steal it. However, Mariners catcher Kai (5) made a laser throw to third baseman Jordan (12), who adroitly slapped the tag on a sliding Ellery to complete the pretty 2-5 putout.Royals reliever Eli (11) would strike out two in the top of the second to keep the Mariners at bay and off the scoreboard.
In the bottom of the second, the Royals tallied another three to widen their advantage to 7-2. After reaching base on a catcher’s interference ruling by the home plate umpire, Lucas (6) would advance to third on a pair of stolen bases. The M’s defense would commit an error on Lucas’ theft of third and this opened the door for him to come homeward.
After Henry (3) stroked a one out triple, Ellery garnered a walk to put two ducks on the Royals pond. Harrison and Stefano would follow with respective two out RBI singles to bring Henry and Ellery home to roost.
Mariners relievers Shael (3) and Luz (6) would combine to strike out three in the second to quell the Royals insurgency. [And a special kudos to Luz, who made her Mariners pitching debut by striking out the first batter that she faced and chalking up two K’s in the inning.]
Refusing to wave the white flag of surrender, the Mariners answered with four runs in the top of the third to trim the deficit to one. After Malcolm (4) drew a lead off walk to put one aboard, Jordan powered a two run home run shot to deep centre field that trimmed the margin to 7-5.
Rennick (9) and Shael followed with back to back walks and both would subsequently come home to crow after a series of stolen bases and wild pitches.
Royals relievers Lucas (6) and Bailey (5) would combine to strike out one in the third.
However, the Royals replied with four insurance runs in the bottom of the third to salt the game away. After a lead off walk and a pair of stolen bases to reach third, Eli would blaze home on a M’s faux pas.
After Thomas and Sam drew walks to put two mallards on the lake, Lucas delivered a sacrifice hit to plate Thomas.
Following a one out walk to Simon (10) that put two Royals on base, Henry stroked a sacrifice hit that allowed Sam to come homeward bound. A subsequent Mariners error would allow Simon to come home to roost.
Mariners relievers Julia (8) and James (1) would combine to retire two Royals in the third inning.