THE ROCKIES PREVAIL OVER THE METROPOLITANS AT CHRISTIE PITS TO ADVANCE TO A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SHOWDOWN VERSUS THE LIZZIES
Beneath the sweet twilight of a mid September night, the Rockies defeated the Mets 9-5 in 5 ½ innings of Peewee Division Semi-Final action this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 2.
The playoff elimination game victory propels the second seeded Rockies into Friday’s Mosquito Division Championship Game showdown against the top seeded Lizzies.
In the top of the first, the Mets jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. After stroking a one out double and stealing third, Miles (13) blazed homeward on a wild pitch to score the opening run of the game.
Rockies starter Max (3) struck out three in the first to quell the Mets uprising.
The Rockies replied with a pair in the bottom portion of the first to take a 2-1 lead. Following a leadoff triple, Ian (11) bolted home on a wild pitch to tie the proceedings.
After a walk and stolen base by Daniel (13), Max delivered a one out RBI double to bring him home with the go ahead run.
Mets starter Liam (6) struck out two in the first frame to douse the Rockies rebellion. With the bases loaded, Liam also helped out his cause out when he picked off a Mets baserunner at first base.
Rockies starter Max would strikeout three in the top of the second to keep the Metropolitans off the scoring ledger and locked up at the Ritz.
In the bottom half of the second, Mets starter Liam struck out a pair to keep the Rockies off the scoring abacus.
The Mets would tally a run in the top of the third to deadlock the game 2-2. After getting on base via a catcher’s interference call to leadoff the inning, Reed (10) proceeded to steal a pair to advance to third. With one out, Dante (12) stroked a RBI single to bring Reed home with the tying run.
Rockies reliever Daniel (13) struck out three in the third to end the Mets mutiny.
With grit and determination, the Rockies answered back with a pair in the bottom of the third to regain the lead 4-2. After a leadoff double, Ian stole third. A subsequent Mets faux pas would allow Ian to come home with the go ahead run.
After getting hit by pitch, Daniel advanced to third courtesy of a stolen base and error. Max followed with a RBI single to bring Daniel home.
Mets reliever Dante (12) would strikeout three in the third to put down the Rockies insurgency.
Not to be outdone, the Mets counterpunched with two in the top of the fourth to tie the game 4-4. After drawing a leadoff walk and making it to second on a steal, Jude stole third and came home to roost on an error on the play.
With one out and a runner on first, Ernesto (5) stole second and came home to crow on a faux pas by the Rockies defence.
Rockies reliever Daniel would strikeout one in the fourth to end the Mets insubordination. Daniel also helped his cause with a double play during the inning. With runners at second and first, Daniel caught a pop up off the bat of Lennox (9) for the first out. Noticing that the Rockies baserunner had wandered afar from second, Daniel threw over to second base to double him up.
Like a rolling stone gathering no moss, the Rockies scored four rocky mountain high runs in the bottom of the fourth to take an 8-4 lead. After Rowan B. (9) was hit by pitch to open the frame, Liam (15) and Rowan H. (7) garnered back to back walks to load the bases. Diogo (4) followed with a one out bases loaded RBI walk to bring Rowan B, home with the go ahead run. With the bases still juiced to the gills, Ian followed with a RBI walk to plate Liam.
Subsequently, with the bases still loaded, Daniel (13) delivered a clutch two out RBI double to bring Rowan H. and Diogo homeward.
With 1-2-3 flair, Rockies reliever Loyan (12) mowed down the Mets in the top of the fifth with three strikeouts while driving a Toro TimeCutter 50 inch 24.5 HP V-Twin Zero-Turn Riding Mower.
The Rockies tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth. After stroking a leadoff double and stealing second and third, a Mets faux pas allowed Max to come home and do the shimmy, shimmy, shake.
Mets reliever Jude (15) would chalk up pair of groundouts and a strikeout in the fifth to squelch the Rockies insurgency.
Refusing to go quietly into the night, the Mets gamely rallied with a run in the top of the sixth to close the gap to 9-5. After stroking a leadoff single and moving over to third via a pair of steals, Miles (13) would come home on a one out RBI single by Jude.
Subsequently, after Jude had swiped a pair to advance to third, Rockies reliever Loyan rung up his second strikeout for the inning. At this juncture, Jude made a bold move to steal home. As he hustled down the baseline, Loyan made a laser throw to Rockies catcher Max, who adroitly slapped the tag on a sliding Jude to ring up the final out of the game and bring the curtain down on their semi-final victory with aplomb.