THE GRITTY RANGERS FEND OFF A TENACIOUS RALLY BID BY THE BIG RED MACHINE IN THE FINAL INNING TO PREVAIL FOR THE VICTORY AT DOMINICO FIELD
Beneath a pristine ceiling of serene midsummer skies, the Rangers defeated the Reds 12-9 in four innings of Bantam Division action this afternoon at Dominico Field at Christie Pits.In the top of the first, the Rangers staked themselves to an early 4-0 lead. After drawing a lead off walk, Cormac swiped a pair of bases to advance to third. Haydn (2) followed with a one out RBI single to bring Cormac home with the opening run of the game.
After stealing a couple of bases to reach third, Haydn would take advantage of a wild pitch and come home to roost.
Following a two out double, Jacob K. (15) would steal third and come home on a wild pitch.
After garnering a walk, Cameron (14) proceeded to steal a pair of bases and come rumbling home on a wild pitch.
In a spirited foray on the hill, Reds starter Eric (15) struck out one in the first inning.
Rangers starter Cormac (3) struck out three in the bottom of the first to keep the Reds off the scoresheet.
The Rangers would tack on another run in the top of the second to increase their lead to 5-0. Following a one out walk, Jacob P. (6) would advance to third on an error and wild pitch. A subsequent faux pas by the Reds would allow Jacob P. to come home to crow.
Reds reliever Zac (1) would procure a ground out and a fly out to quell the Rangers insurrection in the second frame.
With focus and determination, Rangers starter Cormac would strike out three in the bottom of the second to keep the Big Red Machine in neutral and off the scoring ledger.
In the top of the third, the Rangers offense continued to roll as it scored four to stretch their advantage to 9-0. Following a lead off walk to Curtis (0), Jacob K. would single to put two aboard. A series of wild pitches would allow Curtis and Jacob K. to come homeward bound.
After Cameron earned a walk, Michael (4) followed suit with a walk to put two ducks on the pond. An elixir of stolen bases, error and wild pitches would open the portals to allow Cameron and Michael to come home to chill.
In a workmanlike effort on the mound, Reds reliever Gabriel (8) would strike out one in the third inning.
After slumbering through the early innings, the Big Red Machine offense stirred to life in the bottom of the third as they scored three to trim the deficit to six. Following a lead off walk, Iliana (13) would reach third on a groundout and a stolen base. A Rangers error on an errant pick off play would allow Iliana to come home with the Reds first run of the game.
After a one out walk by Quinyuan (14), Zac would stroke a single to centre field. As Quinyuan made a bid to advance to third on the play, Rangers centre fielder Michael made a cannon throw to third baseman Curtis, who tagged out Quinyuan on the 8-5 putout and ring up the second out.
Subsequently, with Zac at third after a stolen base, a Rangers error would allow him to zoom home to shake, rattle and roll.
Following consecutive walks to Flynn (4), Simon (9) and Eric that loaded the bases, Nick (4) drew a RBI walk that allowed Flynn to shimmy homeward.
With a little help from his friends, Rangers reliever Jacob K. (15) subdued the Reds rebellion in the third.
The Rangers would add three insurance runs in the top of the fourth to widen their lead to 12-3. Following a lead off walk, Cormac would eventually steal his way around the basepaths and come homeward bound.
With one out, Curtis and Jacob K. would garner back to back walks to put two mallards on the lake. A sequence of stolen bases, a wild pitch and an error would allow Curtis and Jacob K. to come home to rock ‘n’ roll.
Reds southpaw reliever Quinyuan (14) would strike out one in the fourth to extinguish the Rangers insurrection.
Refusing to surrender, the pesky Reds sent eleven batters to the plate and initiated a ferocious rally bid in the bottom of the fourth that sliced the margin to 12-9. After a one out walk, Iliana stole a pair of bases to reach third and came zooming home on a Rangers error.
Following a single by Gabriel and a walk by Quinyuan that put two aboard, Zac delivered a RBI single to bring Gabriel home.
A cornucopia of stolen bases, a wild pitch and an error would allow Quinyuan and Zac to come home and pull the Reds to within five.
After drawing respective walks, Flynn and Eric would eventually be positioned a third and second when Nick reached base on a dropped third strike with two outs. On the play, Eric would advance to third and Flynn would mosey home. A wild pitch by the Rangers would allow Eric to come homeward and make it a two run game.
With two aboard, Rangers closer Haydn (2) would induce a groundout (1-3) back to mound to douse the Reds comeback bid and seal the deal on a hard fought victory.