THE GRITTY CUBBIES SNAP AN 11-11 TIE IN THE FINAL INNING TO PREVAIL FOR THE VICTORY OVER THE ARTFUL DODGERS AT CHRISTIE PITSGame Summaries edited with files from Aaron Law and Jeff Kolyn
Beneath the twilight on a warm midsummer night, the Cubs edged the Dodgers 12-11 in four thrilling innings of Peewee Division action this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 2.
Here is a Cubs account of the proceedings:
- It was a great night for baseball once again in Christie Pits when the Cubs hosted a late game against the Dodgers.
- The Cubs came out on top 12-11 in a game that saw lots of runs scored in the first three innings.
- In the fourth and last inning, with the game tied 11-11, Cubs reliever Jashan (12) needed only a handful of pitches to keep the Dodgers scoreless in the top half of the frame.
- That created the opportunity for the Cubs to come up with a win in the bottom half of the inning. The Dodgers put their closer on the mound to hold the tie. However, with one out, Tristan (6) got a walk and advanced all the way to third base with some aggressive base stealing. With two out, a heads up run to first on a dropped third strike by Julius (10-2) [younger brother of Savannah (10)] allowed Tristan to score and give the Cubs a dramatic win.
- Play of the game goes to Jack (8) in the third inning. With Jack at bat and a runner on third, the Dodgers moved up in the infield to save a run from scoring. Jack hit the ball over the head of the infielders and in front of the outfielders – precision hitting for a 2-RBI single.
- Honorable mentions go to Matthew (14), with epic persistence at bat; the sister-brother catcher-pitcher combination of Savannah and Julius; borrowed Pirates player Loyan’s (6) hit in the third; and Maggie’s (7) solid catching in the fourth.
- The Cubs made some mistakes in the field early in the game, but every player ended up making a play that contributed to the win.
Here is a Dodgers log of the game:
Top of the first: Joshua (3) leads off the inning with a solid single, and steals second on the first pitch. Wahid (9) followed that up with a smash triple to bring in Josh. Cooper (7) then hit a solid RBI single of his own, and in the end stole himself all the way around to score a run. Rachel (8) earned a walked and a steal, and Pasha [from the Mosquito A’s and playing his second call up game of the nigh]) also earned a walk, but was stranded on the bases.
In the bottom of the first, the Dodgers played a bit of boot around (recurring theme for the night) and even with a K, the Dodgers allowed four runs.
In the top of the second, Jamie [Lizzies # 13) led off with a walk, and stole a few bases, and eventually stole home. Joshua reached base with a walk and stole two more bags of his own. Wahid walked and swiped a base, followed by a Cooper walk to load the bases. Joseph then walked for a RBI, and Aaron smashed a single behind him to score another. Rachel then stepped up, and after a solid at bat, she earned the bases loaded RBI walk to bring in the final run of the inning.
Bottom of the second, Josh pitching. Josh pitched very strong, and escaped the inning with just three runs against, with 2 K’s.
Top of the third: Cooper [Mosquito A’s] got the Dodgers going with a single and a few steals to set the table for Jamie, who despite a swing and miss strike three, managed to hustle to first to beat the throw and stay on the bases. Joshua then walked, followed by Wahid to load the bases, for Cooper who singled home a run. Joseph then hit an RBI single, and Aaron followed that up with another smash hit that would have been a double or more, to close out the inning.
Bottom of the third, Joseph pitching. Joseph tossed strike after strike, forcing the Cubs to put the ball in play over and over, but the rusty Dodgers could just not seem to make the plays behind him and at the end of the inning, the game was tied.
Top of the fourth, the Dodgers went down swinging and didn’t score any runs.
Bottom of the fourth, after a lead off single (thanks to a great play by Rachel to knock the ball down and get it in quickly to the infield), Aaron managed to strike out two Cubs in a row, but the Cubs managed to bring the runner in from third and win the game.