THE RIVERDOGS TAKE A BITE OUT OF TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS TO PREVAIL FOR THE EBA PEEWEE SELECT VICTORY AT CHRISTIE PITS
Under an autumnal blanket of late summer skies, the York (13U) Riverdogs defeated the Toronto Playgrounds 12U Selects 7-0 in a 4 ½ inning Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) Peewee Select game tonight at Christie Pits Diamond 2.
The proceeding between the two talented and well coached teams was a tight tooth and nail battle over the course of four entertaining innings. In the end, York prevailed for the shutout victory through a combination of stellar pitching which stymied the potent TP attack, and making the most on their offensive opportunities.
York jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage in the top portion of the first. With one out, Noah (32) blasted a wooly mammoth home run shot over the left field fence to stake the Riverdogs to a 1-0 lead.
Following back to back singles by Matthew (40) and Matteo (30) that put two dawgs on the pond, Christian (19) delivered a clutch RBI single that brought Matthew home.
Shaken, but not stirred, TP starter Cooper (3) found the vinyl groove as he tallied a strikeout and two groundouts to end the Riverdogs uprising.
With 1-2-3 efficiency, York starter Noah (32) retired TP in the bottom of the first with a flyout and a pair of strikeouts.
The Riverdogs threatened in the top of the second after a leadoff walk by Josiah (31) and a single by Lucas (24) that put two aboard.
However, TP reliever Julian (20) deftly extricated himself and the team from the sticky wicket with two strikeouts and a 1-3 groundout.
TP would threaten in the bottom of the second. After leading off the inning with a walk, Cooper swiped his way around the horn to get into scoring position at third base.
With the coolness of a cucumber, York starter Noah mowed down the TP batting order with three consecutive K’s to vanquish the TP insurrection.
In the top of the third, TP reliever Dylan (10) chalked up three groundouts to keep the Riverdogs in the dawg pound.
Toronto Playgrounds threatened again in the bottom of the third following respective singles by Milo (27) and Evan (55) that put two catfish on the frying pan.
Nonplussed, York reliever Lucas (24) rang up two strikeouts and a pop out to keep TP off the scoring ledger.
Taking care of business, TP reliever Milo (27) recorded three hot tamale strikeouts in the top of the fourth to keep the Riverdogs in the dog shelter.
Refusing to go quietly into the night, TP threatened in the bottom of the fourth after Momo (18) and Cooper garnered respective walks that put two swans on the lake.
However, York reliever Lucas terminated the menace courtesy of two strikeouts and a groundout to keep TP off the scoreboard.
Unleashing a take no prisoners six hit fusillade, the Riverdogs scored five insurance runs in the top of the fifth to increase their advantage to 7-0. After a one out single by Matteo and a walk by Ryan (35), Christian stroked a single that loaded the bases. Riley T. (20) followed with a RBI hit that brought Matteo home. A TP error on the play allowed Ryan to motor home with another York run.
Following a single by Josiah which reloaded the bases, Lucas delivered a grace under pressure two out RBI single that allowed Christian to come home to roost.
With the bases still juiced to the gills, Noah followed with a two RBI double that allowed Riley T. and Josiah to come homeward and do the shimmy, shimmy, shake.
In a workmanlike foray on the hill, TP reliever Rocco (99) chalked up three strikeouts in the fifth frame to quell the York insurrection.
And it was at this juncture where the proceedings came to an abrupt end due the strict COVID-19 time limit on the game.