THE BLUEBIRDS RALLY FOR A PAIR IN THE FINAL INNING TO TIE UP THE ATHLETICS AT BICKFORD PARK
Beneath a blanket of warm and hazy skies, the A’s and Jays played to a 9-9 draw in four innings of Thursday Mosquito Division action this evening at the Bickford Park South Diamond.
Trailing 9-7, the pesky Jays would stage a miracle two run rally in the bottom of the final frame to tie the game. Following a walk by Thomas (7) and a single by Cassius (2), Asher (13) would garner a one out walk to load the bases. Simon (9) would deliver a clutch two RBI single to bring Thomas and Cassius home with the tying runs.
Shaken, but not stirred, A’s closer Christian (4) would find the groove and strike out two.
With the two outs and the Jays go ahead run standing at third base, Ashlyn (6) worked the count in her favour to draw a walk that put two aboard. It was at this juncture where Asher made a brazen attempt to steal home. However, A’s catcher Owen (10) thwarted the grand thievery by tagging Asher out to end the game.
The proceeding was a tight seesaw battle that was contested by two talented and well coached teams. It was befitting that the fun affair ended in a tie.
In the top of the first, the A’s jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. After a leadoff single by Christian, Thomas (15) drew a one out walk that put two ducks on the pond. Noah (8) followed by hitting into a fielder’s choice that allowed him to reach first safely, erased Thomas at second on a 6-4 putout, and allowed Christian to motor home with the first run of the game.
Following a two out single by Cooper (2) that put two aboard, Aaron (1) stroked a RBI single to plate Noah.
Jays starter Malcolm (3) would chalk up a pair of groundouts and a lineout in the first to subdue the A’s insurgency.
The Jays would reply with a run in the bottom of the first to trim the deficit to one. After drawing a two out walk, Adam J. (10) would steal a pair of bases to get into scoring position at third. Saywer (14) followed with a clutch RBI single to bring Adam home.
A’s starter Noah (8) would strike out two in the first to quell the Jays rebellion.
Jays reliever Sawyer (14) would strike out three in the top of the second to keep the A’s off the scoring ledger.
In the bottom of the second, the Jays would tally two to take a 3-2 lead. After a pair of leadoff walks to Adam B. (8) and Thomas that put two swans on the lake, Cassius powered a two RBI triple to bring them home. Cassius’ home run bid was thwarted when he failed to slide into home on the play and was ruled out.
A’s reliever George (12) would ring up a lineout and popup out to bring the curtain down on the second inning.
Taking advantage of five walks, the Athletics would answer back with three in the top of the third to retake the lead 5-3. After Sawyer (3), Christian and Dylan (9) drew consecutive walks to lead off the frame and load the bases, Thomas would garner a RBI walk that brought Sawyer home with the tying run.
Noah would follow with a bases loaded RBI walk that allowed Christian to come in with the go ahead run. A wild pitch would allow Dylan to bolt home and do the hippy, hippy, shake.
After a walk by Cooper reloaded the bases, Jays reliever Nolan (5) found the zone and struck out the next three batters to extinguish the A’s uprising in the second.
The pesky Jays would strike back for four in the bottom of the third to retake the lead 7-5. Following a pair of leadoff walks by Jonas (4) and Ashlyn that put two mallards on the inlet, Nolan delivered a RBI single to bring Jonas home to roost.
After a walk to Malcolm loaded the bases, Adam (10) drew a RBI walk that brought Ashlyn home with the tying run.
With no outs and the bases juiced to the gills, Sawyer would be hit by pitch, forcing in Nolan with the go ahead score. Campbell (1) would follow with a bases loaded walk that brought Malcolm home to do the jitterbug.
A’s reliever Julian (14) had a spirited foray on the mound in the third inning.
Not to be outdone, the Athletics feasted upon a Mandarin buffet serving of six walks in the top of the fourth and answered back with four of their own to regain the lead 9-7. After Owen, Luc (11) and Anthony (6) led off the frame with consecutive walks to load the bases, Sawyer drew a RBI walk to bring Owen home to crow.
With the bases still juiced to overflowing, Christian garnered a RBI walk that allowed Luc to trot home with the tying run. A subsequent faux pas by the Jays would allow Anthony to motor home from third with the go ahead run.
Following a one out walk to Thomas that reloaded the bases, Noah delivered a RBI single to plate Sawyer.
And it was at this moment in the proceedings where the Jays came to face to face with their moment with destiny in the bottom of the fourth.