THE MINORS STYMIE THE MAJORS AT CHRISTIE PITS TO EARN THEIR FOURTH EBA SELECT VICTORY OF THE SEASON
Beneath a genteel ceiling of serene skies, the Toronto Playgrounds Minor Peewee Selects defeated the Toronto Playgrounds Major Peewee Selects 6-2 in six innings of Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) Select action this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 2.
The proceeding was a crisp and well played affair between two talented and well coached squads. In the end, the Minor Peewees prevailed with a combination of strong pitching and making the most of their offensive opportunities when they arose. Over the duration of six frames, the Minors would use six different pitchers who combined to limit the potent Majors batting order to five hits while striking out twelve.
In the top of the first, the TP Minor Peewees would stake themselves to an early 2-0 lead. Following a one out single by Charlie (7), Kieran (18) would draw a walk to put two swans on the lake. Theo (17) would follow with a RBI single to bring Charlie home with the first run of the game.
Subsequently, with two aboard, the Majors would uncork a wild pitch that allowed Theo to advance to third and Kieran to bolt home to do the shimmy, shimmy, shake.
TP Majors starter Jamie (52) would pitch himself out of bases loaded jam in the first via a groundout, lineout and a little defensive help from his friends.
With one out and the bases loaded, Majors first baseman Taio (1) would glove a grounder off the bat of Oliver (9) and make a rocket throw home to catcher Jude (3) to retire Theo at home on a 3-2 force out to ring up the second out of the inning.
After issuing a pair of walks, TP Minors starter Charlie (7) would strike out two in the bottom of the first to keep the Majors off the scoring ledger.
With two outs and two aboard, Charlie would receive a big defensive play from left fielder Solly (27), who made a super catch on a fly ball off the bat of Taio to chalk up the third out of the frame.
The Minors would tack on another run in the top of the second to extend their lead to 3-0. With one out and runners at third and second, a dropped third strike [during Ezra’s (14)] at bat allowed Cooper (2) to scoot homeward to do the jitterbug.
TP Majors starter Jamie would strike out a pair in the second to quell the Majors insurgency.
Majors shortstop Jona (15) would make a nice catch on a eight mile high popup to ring up the third out of the inning.
Refusing to surrender, the Majors would rally for a pair in the bottom of the second to trim the deficit to one. Following a leadoff hit and two stolen bases by Max (20), Jude would deliver him home with a RBI single to left field.
On the play, Jude brazenly tried to stretch his hit into a double. However, Minors left fielder Vince (19) made a laser throw to second baseman Charlie, who tagged out Jude in a sweet 7-4 putout play for the second out of the inning.
With two outs, Jona and Nicolas (10) would garner back to back walks to put two mallards on the inlet. Jashan (13) followed with a clutch RBI single to plate Jona.
TP Minors reliever Theo (17) would strike out one and coax a groundout in the second to end the Majors rebellion.
The Minor Peewees would answer back with three runs in top of the third to stretch their advantage to 6-2. Following a leadoff walk by Charlie and a single by Kieran that put two ducks on the pond, Jordan (10) stroked a one out RBI single to plate Charlie.
Subsequently, with runners at third and second, the Majors would uncork a wild pitch that allowed Jordan to move to third and Charlie to come home to do the watusi.
With two aboard, Liam (26) delivered a RBI single to bring home Jordan.
TP Majors reliever Taio (1) would enter the fray in the third and strike out two to subdue the Minors insurrection.
After issuing a leadoff single, TP Minors reliever Liam (26) would strike out one in the bottom of the third to keep the Majors off the scoring abacus.
Liam would receive a big play from his defence during the frame to end a Majors threat. After garnering a two out walk and stolen base to reach second base, PJ (17) made a bid to steal third. However, Minors catcher Noah (23) made a bullet throw to third baseman Solly, who tagged out PJ to complete the 2-5 putout and the third out.
TP Majors reliever James (6) would strike out one in the top of the fourth to keep the Minors off the scoresheet.
With one away, Majors catcher Max would make a Lear jet throw to second baseman Jeremy (4), who tagged out Brayden (33) on a nice 2-4 putout play for the second out of the frame.
After issuing a leadoff hit to Jamie, TP Minors reliever Kieran (18) would strike out three in a row to keep the Majors moored to the dock.
TP Majors reliever James would strike out one in the top of the fifth to keep the Minors off the scoreboard.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Majors would threaten by loading the bases. However, TP Minors reliever Solly (27) would pitch himself out of a mojo jojo jam by striking out two to keep the Majors off the scoring ledger.
TP Majors reliever James would induce a pair of groundouts and ring up a strikeout in the top of the sixth to keep the Minors off the board.
Wheelin’ and dealin’ a repertoire of ‘nasty ones’, TP Minors closer Jordan (10) mowed down three in the bottom of the sixth to seal the deal on a hard fought victory over the Majors.
The TP Minor Peewee Selects (4-1) continue their homestand at Christie Pits Diamond 2 next Wednesday, June 14 when they host the Bloordale Green at 7:00 p.m.
Meanwhile, the TP Major Peewee Selects (4-1) hit the road next Wednesday when they travel to Queensway Park to face the Royal York Girl Cardinals at 6:15 p.m.