TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS TAME THE WOLVERINES AT CHRISTIE PITS TO CONTINUE THEIR PLAYOFF JOURNEY AT THE EBA BANTAM SELECT TOURNEY
Beneath a canopy of warm and cloudy skies, the Toronto Playgrounds Bantam Selects defeated the Weston Wolverines 16-3 in four innings of Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) Bantam Select Tournament action this morning at Dominico Field at Christie Pits.
After a razor thin 8-7 loss to the Martingrove White Sox yesterday evening to open the playoff round, TP was thrust into a must win situation to continue their journey at the tourney. [Teams participating in this year’s EBA playoffs are operating under the double knockout formula, whereby a team with two losses would be eliminated from further contention in the tournament.] With their backs against the wall, TP answered the clarion call with a dominating victory over the Wolverines.
In the top of the first, TP jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. After a leadoff walk and stolen base by Joseph (11), Alex (6) surprised the Wolverines defence with a bunt single that put two runners on base. Daniel (50) followed with a RBI sacrifice fly ball to right field that allowed Joseph to motor home from third with the opening run of the game.
Weston starter Caleb (08) would strikeout one in the first to quell the TP insurgency.
TP starter Alden (7) set down the Wolverines with 1-2-3 efficiency in the bottom of the first on a pair of pop outs and a strikeout.
Wolverines starter Caleb would chalk up a pop out and a pair of strikeouts in the top of the second to keep TP off the scoring ledger.
The Wolverines clawed back with a pair in the bottom half of the second to take a 2-1 lead. With one out, Caleb would reach base on a TP error. After Caleb stole second, KJ (28) delivered a RBI single to bring him home with the tying run.
Following KJ’s steal of second, Anthony (52) stroked a RBI single that brought him home with Weston’s go ahead run.
With true grit, TP starter Alden subdued the Wolverines rebellion in the second with a fly out and a pair of groundouts.
Alden got some sterling defensive help from his friends during the inning. TP centre fielder Joseph battled the sunlight to make a nice over the head catch on a deep fly ball off the bat of JD (54) to tally the first out. And Second baseman Francis (2) and first baseman Thomas (8) combined for a pair of pretty 4-3 putouts to stem Weston’s momentum.
TP would send a buffet line of seventeen batters to the dish in the top of the third and answer back with an eleven run fusillade to retake the lead 12-2. Following a pair of walks by Alexander (22) and Harris (12) to leadoff the frame, Ben (4) bunted the ball towards the pitching mound. On the play, Weston would commit a major faux pas that allowed Alexander and Harris to come homeward with the tying and go ahead runs.
Following a walk by Jake (27) that put two ducks on the pond, Francis stroked a single. On the play, the Weston defence committed an error that allowed Francis to advance to second and both Ben and Jake to come home to crow.
After Thomas was hit by pitch and Zenon (9) garnered a walk to load the bases, Joseph drew a RBI walk to plate Francis. Alex followed with a RBI single to bring home Thomas.
With one out and two runners aboard, Daniel reached base on an error to reload the bases. A subsequent wild pitch would allow Alex and Daniel to move up a base and Joseph to come home to do the shimmy, shimmy, shake.
With two outs and two mallards on the lake, Iliana (42) delivered a groundout that advanced Daniel to third and brought Alex home to do the jitterbug.
Following back to back walks by Alden and Leandro (10) to reload the bases again, Weston uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Daniel to come home to roost. A subsequent wild pitch would bring home Alden.
After Chryz (24) and Alexander drew a pair of walks to juice the bases to the gills, Harris delivered a RBI single to plate Leandro.
With 1-2-3 flair, TP starter Alden mowed down the Wolverines with three strikeouts in the bottom of the third.
TP would tack on four insurance runs in the top of the fourth to widen their lead to 16-2. After Jake singled and Francis walked to open the frame, Thomas stroked a single to load the bases. Zenon followed with a RBI single to bring Jake home.
With the bases still juiced to overflowing, Joseph drew a RBI walk to plate Francis. Alex followed with a groundout to bring Thomas home from third.
With one out and two otters on the pond, Daniel delivered a groundout to bring home Zenon.
Weston reliever Juno (03) would coax three groundouts in the fourth to douse the TP rebellion.
The Wolverines would score a run in the bottom of the fourth to trim the margin to 16-3. After reaching base on a one out single, Jose (06) swiped a pair of bases to reach third. On his theft of third, TP committed an error that allowed Jose to come homeward with a run.
TP reliever Zenon (9) would pitch himself out of a bases loaded jam by ringing up a pop out, strikeout and a groundout in the fourth to seal the deal on the victory.
The TP Bantam Selects continue their playoff run at the EBA Tourney this afternoon when they battle the Bloordale Bombers at Queensway Park at 3:45 p.m.