IN A THRILLING NAIL BITER, TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS FEND OFF THE RIVERDOGS TO WIN THEIR ELEVENTH EBA SELECT GAME OF THE SEASONBeneath a thick blanket of hazy and humid midsummer skies, our Toronto Playgrounds Major Peewee Selects edged the York (Green) Riverdogs 7-6 in 5 ½ innings of Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) Select action this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 2 to win their eleventh and final regular season game of the season.
The back and forth proceeding was an entertaining and nail biting affair that was contested between two talented and well coached teams from start to finish. In the end, a gritty TP team fended off a late rally bid by a pesky Riverdogs squad to hang on for the slender victory.
York staked themselves to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. After a lead off walk, Jorge (52) advanced to third on a steal and an error. Ethan (2) followed with a run scoring sacrifice hit to bring Jorge home with the opening run of the game.
With one out, TP starter Ben (4) would chalk up a groundout and strikeout to quell the Riverdogs insurgency in the top of the first.
In the bottom half of the first, TP would answer with three to take a 3-1 lead. Following a lead off walk and stolen base by Jake (30), Piper (13) delivered a one out RBI single to bring Jake home with the tying run.
With one aboard, Alden (7) would step into the batter’s box and crush a majestic two run home run shot over the chain linked fence in left field to give TP the lead.
York starter Ethan (2) would strike out one in the first to extinguish the TP uprising. With two outs, Ethan was also helped out during the inning when Riverdogs catcher Lee (23) threw out a TP base runner at second to ring up the third out.
The Riverdogs would reply with three in the top of the second to retake the lead 4-3. After a lead off walk by Lee, Greg (24) singled to put two ducks on the pond. Matthew (4) followed with a one out RBI double to bring Lee home. On the play, TP committed a faux pas that allowed Greg and Matthew to come homeward and give York a one run advantage.
With two aboard, TP starter Ben would ring up a strikeout and a groundout to extinguish the Riverdogs rebellion in the second inning.
York southpaw reliever Johnny (1) would strike out one in the bottom of the second to keep TP off the scoring ledger.
With a little help from his friends, TP starter Ben would keep the Riverdogs off the scoresheet in the top of the third with a pair of groundouts and an interference call.
The TP offense surged to life with four in the bottom of the third to retake the lead 7-4. After a lead off walk by Ben, Ethan (36) reached base on a fielder’s choice to put two mallards on the lake. With two out, Piper delivered a clutch two RBI single that allowed Ben and Ethan to come home and give TP the lead.
With Piper standing at second after a stolen base, Alden followed with a RBI single to bring him home.
After Alden stole second, Aaron (54) followed with a single. On the play, York committed an error that allowed Alden to come home to roost.
In 1-2-3 fashion, TP reliever Nigel (20) would quickly induce the Riverdogs into three consecutive groundouts in the top of the fourth to keep them off the scoring abacus.
York reliever Alex (29) would strike out one in the bottom of the fourth to keep TP off the scoreboard.
The Riverdogs would claw back with a run in the top of the fifth to trim the deficit to two. With one aboard, Josh (53) delivered a run scoring one out sacrifice hit that allowed Alex to come home to crow.
With two out, TP reliever Nigel would ring up a strikeout to subdue the York insurgency in the fifth.
Riverdogs reliever Matthew (4) would strike out one in the bottom of the fifth to keep TP off the scoresheet. Matthew also helped his own cause when he picked off a TP baserunner at second base to ring up the second out of the frame.
Down 7-5, York refused to go quietly into the night as they doggedly made a rally bid in the top of the sixth. Following a one out single, Marcus (19) would swipe a pair of bases to reach third. With two outs, Matthew delivered a RBI double that allowed Marcus to come home and make it a one run game.
With Marcus standing on third and the game on the line, TP reliever Nigel chalked up his third strikeout of the inning to seal the deal and bring the curtain down upon the proceedings.
With the conclusion of the regular season, the TP Major Peewee Selects [11-1] begin their postseason EBA Select championship playoffs this Friday (August 12) evening with a game versus the Etobicoke Rangers at the Queensway at 6:00 p.m.