IN A SEE SAW BATTLE, THE GREEN PREVAIL OVER TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS AT CHRISTIE PITS
Beneath a ceiling of chilly willy skies, the Bloordale Green defeated the Toronto Playgrounds Minor Mosquito Selects 8-5 in five innings of Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) Select action this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 2.
The tooth and nail battle between two talented teams was a tight see saw affair for four thrill hill frames. In the end, the Green rallied for five runs in the final inning to prevail over a gritty TP squad.
After giving up a leadoff single to Popov (6) in the top of the first, TP starter Eric (6) found the groove and chalked up a strikeout a pair of groundouts to keep Bloordale in the hangar and off the scoreboard.
Following a leadoff walk by Julius (11), Eric followed with a double that put ducks on the pond to begin the bottom of the second. An ensuing fielder’s choice would allow Julius to barrel home and give TP an early 1-0 lead.
Green starter Aragao (91) would induce a pair of groundouts to extinguish the TP insurrection in the inning.
In the top of the second, Bloordale would feast upon a TP buffet serving of four walks and two hit batsmen to plate three to take a 3-1 lead. After drawing a leadoff walk and a steal of second, F. Kulla (45) would take advantage of a TP faux pas to storm home with the tying run.
Subsequently, with the bases full, Lafleche (24) would hit into a fielder’s choice that would allow Christie (21) to come home with the go ahead run. After an one out walk to Marchioni (23) reloaded the bases, McAvoy (15) followed with a RBI walk to bring in A. Kulla (19).
With the bases still juiced to the gills, TP reliever Cassius (5) would ring up a strikeout and a popup to douse the Bloordale insurgency.
After issuing a leadoff walk, Bloordale reliever Nicholas (8) would strike out three with 1-2-3 finesse in the bottom of the second to keep TP off the scoring ledger.
With 1-2-3 efficiency, TP reliever Cassius would record a lineout, groundout and a strikeout in the top of the third to keep the potent Green batting order in the bunker.
A gritty TP squad rallied for a pair in the bottom of the third to tie the proceedings 3-3. After drawing a leadoff walk, Sam (2) advanced to third on a stolen base and a wild pitch. Simon (10) followed with a RBI single to bring Sam home and trim the shortfall to one. An ensuing wild pitch by the Green would open the door for Simon to bolt home with the tying run.
Finding his rhythm, Bloordale reliever Nicholas would mow down three in the third to snuff out the TP rally.
The TP defence would rise to the occasion in the top of the fourth to turn away a threat by the Green. The highlight of the inning was a superb 6-2 gem that prevented Bloordale from taking the lead. With one out and Christie positioned at third, A Kulla hit a slow chopper between first and second. As Christie sped homeward, TP second baseman Eric shifted quickly to vacuum up the ball with Kirby precision and make a laser throw to catcher Julius, who applied the tag on a sliding Christie for the second out of the frame.
In the bottom of the fourth, TP would grind out a run to take an 4-3 lead. With two outs and the bases loaded (via a walk, single and hit batsman), Sam would be hit by pitch that allowed Nolan (13) to shimmy home from third with the go ahead score.
With the game on the line, Bloordale rallied with five in the top of the fifth to usurp TP and take am 8-4 advantage. Following a pair of walks by the Green to lead off the frame, Popov would single to load the bases. A TP error on the play would allow Marchioni to come home with the tying run.
With runners at third and second, Hall (7) would follow with an one out RBI single to plate Sereda (11) and give Bloordale a 5-4 lead. An ensuing TP faux pas would allow Popov to score from third.
Subsequently, with a runner at third, Aragao delivered a clutch two out RBI single to bring home Hall with the Green’s seventh run. Later, a RBI single by F. Kulla would plate Aragao.
Refusing to surrender, TP would rally for a run in the bottom of the fifth to trim the deficit to five. With two out and with two mallards on the pond, Julius would motor home from the third on a wild pitch by the Green.
Shaken, but not stirred, Bloordale closer A Kulla would strike out three in the fifth to seal the deal on a hard fought victory over TP.
The TP Major Mosquito Selects (0-1) continue their homestand next Sunday, May 21 at Christie Pits Diamond 2 when they play host to the Martingrove (1) White Sox at 6:00 p.m.