THE BLUEBIRDS FEND OFF A LATE RALLY BID BY PESKY M’s TO HANG ON FOR THE VICTORY AT CHRISTIE PITS
Game Summaries edited with files from Peter Atto and Dave Manning
Beneath a serene canopy of gentle summer skies, the Jays prevailed 7-6 over the Mariners in three innings of Mosquito Division action this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 2.
Here is a Jays account of the proceeding:
- The final Mosquito Division regular season game for both the Jays and Mariners was an exciting affair that involved many different players taking to the mound to pitch.
- Stolen bases and sliding from both teams was a huge factor that generated excitement both in the dugout and in the bleacher seats.
- The fielding by the Jays and M’s was also strong.
- A tenacious rally by the Mariners almost tied it up in the final frame. However, the Jays extinguished the comeback bid and hung on for the one run victory.
- Kudos to Noah (8) who answered the call and stepped into the breach to pitch for the Jays. In addition, Noah also displayed his toughness on the diamond when he was knocked over by a Mariners base runner on the final play of game and got bounced right back up and kept playing. Very tough indeed!
Here is a Mariners account of the game:
Great pitching by the Mariners with starter Ernesto (7) striking out two in the top of the first.
- On offense, Ernesto walked and scored the Mariners’ first run in the bottom of the first on Julia’s (8) RBI single.
In the top of the second, Mariners relievers Grayson (11) struck out one and James (1) induced a ground-out and an infield fly.
After leading off the bottom of the second with a walk, Joshua (13) stole two bases. However, Joshua was stranded at third after some great pitching by the Jays.
In the top third, M’s reliever Joshua (13) struck out one.
Also in the third, Mariners catcher Jordan (12) initiated a 2-4 putout by throwing a bullet to second baseman Kai (5) to erase a Jays base runner attempting to steal second.
Later in the top of the third, second baseman Kai (5) moved from second to the pitching mound and struck out the Jays last batter.
The Mariners’ bats really came alive in the bottom of the third. After getting hit by a pitch, Kai stole two bases after getting to first. Following a walk to William (10) that put two M’s aboard, Jordan delivered a 2 RBI double that allowed both Kai and William to score. Subsequently, Jordan stole third and home to make it a 7-4 game.
After stroking a triple, Grayson stole home to trim the deficit to two.
With the fans on the edge of their seats, Ernesto (7) kept the inning alive with a walk. Then Ernesto stole second and home to close the gap to 7-6.
The Mariners’ gave their fans an incredibly exciting third inning, but the final score remained Jays 7-Mariners 6.