DOWN 12-9, THE ATHLETICS RALLY FOR SIX RUNS IN THE FINAL INNING TO UPSURP TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS IN A TOOTH AND NAIL BATTLE ROYALE AT CHRISTIE PITSBeneath a duvet of warm and tranquil summer skies, the Annette (Red) A’s defeated the Toronto Playgrounds Major Mosquito Selects 15-12 in five innings of Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) Select action this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 2. From the first pitch to the final out, the proceeding was a highly entertaining tooth and nail affair that was contested between two talented and well coached squads. The high scoring game was a titanic battle where both teams gave it their all and left everything on the field of play. In the end, the Athletics rallied in the final frame to upend TP.
In the top of the first, Annette staked themselves to an early 3-0 lead. After a leadoff walk by Arthur (23), Henry (5) would deliver a sacrifice bunt to advance him to third. Tristan (22) would follow with a one out RBI single to bring Arthur home with opening run of the game.
With two outs and a baserunner at first, Marcus (12) would deliver a single into right field. On the play, the TP defence committed an error that allowed Marcus to advance to third and Tristan to come homeward. A subsequent wild pitch would allow Marcus to zoom home with another run.
TP starter Cassius (5) would strike out a pair in the first to quell the A’s insurgency.Toronto Playgrounds would reply with a run in the bottom of the first to trim the deficit to two. Following a one out double by Elliot (34), Sam (2) would deliver a single that put two mallards on the lake. Taking advantage of a defensive lapse by the Athletics, Elliot would bolt homeward like a jaguar and tiptoe around the tag attempt of Annette catcher Arthur to steal home and score TP’s first run of the game.
A’s starter Andrew (14) would chalk up a pair of groundouts and a strikeout in the first to extinguish the TP rebellion.
With grit and determination, TP starter Cassius would strikeout three in the top of the second to keep the Athletics off the scoring ledger and in the weight room.
In the bottom of the third, TP would unleash an eight hit barrage and score seven runs to take an 8-3 lead. After a leadoff single and stolen base by Julius (11), Charlie (9) would deliver a RBI single to bring him home and pull TP within one.
Following a single by Eitan (19) that put two aboard, Nolan (13) would stroke a RBI single to bring Charlie home with the tying run.
After a single by Simon (10) that loaded the bases, Christian (21) delivered a two RBI double that allowed Eitan and Nolan to come homeward with the go ahead runs.
With two outs and two aboard, Elliot stroked a RBI single to bring Simon home. Sam would follow with a RBI single to plate Christian.
Following a walk by Cassius that loaded the bases, Noah (3) would take one for the team via a hit by pitch that brought Elliot home with another run.
Annette reliever Joseph (21) would strikeout two in the second to douse the TP uprising.
Not to be outdone, the Athletics would roar back with four in the top of the third to trim the margin to 8-7. With one out and two aboard, Daniel (24) would bring Arthur home from third on a fielder’s choice.
With two ducks on the pond, Marcus followed with a clutch two out two RBI triple that allowed Tristan and Daniel to come homeward bound. Next, Joseph would stroke a RBI single to plate Marcus and draw the A’s to within one.TP reliever Elliot (34) would enter the fray in the third and strike out one to snuff out the Annette rally.
In the bottom of the third, TP would answer back with three to extend their lead to 11-7. After a pair of two out singles by Eitan and Nolan put two aboard, a faux pas by the A’s defence would allow Nolan to move to third and Eitan to blaze homeward.
Following a walk and stolen base by Simon that put two otters on the pond, Christian delivered a grace under pressure two RBI single to bring Nolan and Simon home.
Annette reliever Joseph would ring up a groundout and two strikeouts in the third to subdue the TP insurrection.
Refusing to surrender, the Athletics would score a pair in the top of the fourth to trail by two. With the bases loaded, Arthur would deliver a clutch two out two RBI single to bring Cooper (15) and Gregory (2) home to roost.
TP reliever Elliot would ring up three strikeouts in the fourth to quell the A’s insurgency.
In the bottom of the fourth, TP would tally another run to stretch their advantage to 12-9. Following a leadoff single and stolen base by Elliot, Sam would deliver a RBI double to bring him home.
Annette reliever Gregory (2) would record a strikeout and a groundout in the fourth to douse the TP mutiny.
Trailing by three, the Athletics seized upon their opportunities in the top of the fifth and rallied in dramatic fashion with six runs to retake the lead 15-12. After a pair of one out walks by Daniel and Marcus, Joseph was hit by pitch to load the bases. Maya (16) followed with a bases loaded RBI single to plate Daniel.
With the bases still juiced to the gills, Cooper would draw a RBI walk to bring Marcus home and pull the A’s to within one. Tyler (13) followed with a fielder’s choice that erased Cooper at second, advanced Maya to third, and brought Joseph home with the tying run.
With two aboard, Gregory stroked with a clutch two out two RBI single that delivered Maya and Tyler homeward with Annette’s go ahead runs. After swiping a pair of bases, Gregory would take advantage of a wild pitch to motor home with an insurance run.
TP reliever Julius (11) would chalk up a pair of groundouts and ring up a K in the fifth to extinguish the A’s uprising.
In the bottom of the fifth, Annette reliever Gregory would strikeout two to seal the deal on the A’s comeback victory.
After a brief hiatus during the Canada Day long weekend, the TP Major Mosquito Selects (3-4) resume action on the EBA Select circuit on Sunday, July 9 when they travel to Rotary Peace Park to battle the Royal York Cardinals at 3:00 p.m.