TAKING CONTROL OF THE MIZZENMAST, THE GNARLY BUCCANEERS LOOT THE LANDLUBBING EXPOS TO HOIST THE TREASURED GOLD DOUBLOONS OF SWEET VICTORY AT BICKFORD PARK BAY
Beneath a shiver me timbers ceiling of warm and hazy skies, the Pirates defeated the Expos 9-4 in 3 ½ seadog innings of Peewee Division play this evening at Bickford Park South Diamond Bay.
The pieces of eight proceeding was a kraken affair that was contested by a pair of well schooled and salty dogged teams. In the end, the Buccaneers made the Expos walk the plank by seizing upon the opportunities that presented themselves during the heated and pitched battle for control of the mizzenmast.
In the top of the first, the Expos staked themselves to an early 3-0 lead. After drawing a lead off walk, Taras (11) brazenly stole a pair of bases to advance to third. Charlie (7) followed with a majestic RBI triple that allowed Taras to mosey home with the opening run of the game.
Harris (12) followed with a RBI sacrifice hit that brought Charlie homeward.
After Andy (1) singled and Gus (6) walked to put two aboard, William (9) stroked a two out RBI single that allowed Andy to come home to crow.
Pirates starter Piper (3) would strike out two in the first to quell the Expos insurgency.
The Bucs would answer back with a pair in the bottom of the first to trim the deficit to one. After Liam (5) and Loyan (6) drew respective walks to put two ducks on the pond, Piper would deliver a clutch two out 2 RBI triple to bring them home to the captain’s mess.
Expos starter Andy (1) would strike out one in the first to subdue the Pirates rebellion.
Andy also received some mighty fine defensive help from his fellow Expos during the inning. After Jackson (8) of the Pirates slashed a line drive to right field to open the frame, Expos right fielder Charlie scooped up the ball and made a cannon throw to first baseman Elias (10) at first to complete a pretty 9-3 putout of Jackson and chalk up the first out.
As Piper rounded third base on his triple, he was caught in no man’s land between third and home as Expos catcher Harris and third baseman Gus executed a nifty 2-5-2 tag out of Piper to ring up the third out.
Pirates reliever Jackson (8) would strike out one in the top of the second to keep the Expos in the brig and off the scoresheet.
Exercising patience at the dish, the Buccaneers would feast upon a buffet offering of four walks and an error in the bottom of the second to plate four runs and take a 6-3 lead. With one out, Ellio (13), Aiden (1) and Charles (11) drew consecutive walks to load the bases. Dylan (7) followed with a RBI walk that allowed Ellio to waltz home with the tying run.
With the bases still juiced to the gills, Francis (2) hit a dribbler back towards the mound. However, the Expos committed an error on the play and that allowed Francis to reach base and advance to second, Dylan shuffled to third, and Aiden and Charles came barreling home with the Bucs go ahead runs.
Nigel (14) would follow with a powerful RBI single to left that allowed Dylan to come home to crow.
In a workmanlike effort on the hill, Expos reliever Elias (10) coaxed the Pirates to hit into a ground out.
In the top of the third, the Expos would reply with one to trim the margin to 6-4. After drawing a lead off walk, Charlie would move over to second on a stolen base. Harris would follow with a powerful RBI double to centre field to plate Charlie.
As Harris made a bid to stretch his two bagger into a triple, the Buccaneers defense rose to the occasion to swashbuckle the brazen swabbie. After retrieving the ball, Pirates centre fielder Ethan (4) made a strong throw to second baseman Loyan, who pivoted and made a laser throw to third baseman Liam, who tagged Harris out to complete a riveting 8-4-5 putout and ring up the first out of the inning.
With two outs and two aboard, Pirates reliever Dylan (7) would chalk up a strike out to bring the top of the third to a close.
The Pirates would tack on three insurance runs in the bottom of the third to salt the game away. After Jackson and Loyan reached base on a pair of walks that put two Bucs on the pond, Piper crushed a clutch two out three run home run blast to the deep dish pizza no man’s land of centre field.
Expos reliever Harris (12) would strike out two in the third to extinguish the Pirates insurgency.
In the top of the fourth, Pirates closer Nigel (14) would retire the Expos in 1-2-3 fashion with two strikeouts to seal the deal on the Jolly Roger victory.