IN AN ORTHNITHOLOGICAL SHOWDOWN, THE JAYS GROUND THE O’s AT CHRISTIE PITS DIAMOND 2
Beneath a blanket of humidity at Christie Pits Diamond 2 this evening, the Jays grounded the Orioles 8-4 in four innings of Peewee Division action.
The Jays used a formula of solid pitching and effective offense to triumph over their orthnithological division rivals.
In the top of the first, the Jays came out of the gates with a run to leap ahead 1-0. With two outs, Jacob (11) singled and subsequently stole two bases. Adam (5) stroked a clutch RBI single to bring Jacob home. After Adam had stolen a pair of bases to reach third, the inning ended with a great defensive by the O’s. Orioles starting pitcher Simon (5) stealthily threw a strike to third baseman Luke (5) who applied the tag on a wandering Adam to record a pick off at third base.
The Orioles answered back with a run in the bottom half of the first. Campbell (6) drew a two out walk and proceeded to steal two bases to get to third. On a Jays throwing error, Campbell alertly blazed home to score the tying run.
The Jays offense went back to work in the top of the second as they scored two to take the lead 3-1. After Lucas (7) had led off the inning with a single, Sam (15) stroked a RBI double to bring him home. A subsequent one out RBI sacrifice hit by Augustino (9) brought Sam home.
In solid fashion, Jays starting pitcher Keegan (2) struck out three in the bottom of the second to keep the Orioles offense perched in their nests and off the scoresheet.
The Jays took flight in the top of the third as they scored four to widen their lead to 7-1. After Keegan had led off the inning with a single and steal of second, Jacob stroked a RBI double to cash him in. With one out and two Jays baserunners on base, Sam delivered a clutch two RBI double to bring home Adam and Lucas. Luke (10) followed with a RBI single to bring Sam home.
The O’s fought back with one run in the bottom of the third to trim the deficit to five. After Taraak (8) was hit by a pitch, he proceeded to steal two bases to reach third. Taraak zoomed home on a wild pitch by the Jays.
The Jays scored an insurance run in the top of the fourth to increase their lead to 8-2. Ben (4) led off the inning with a single and proceeded to steal two bases to reach third. Ben came home on a dropped third strike to Augustino.
The inning was highlighted by two great pickoff plays by Orioles reliever Campbell (6). With one out and a runner at first, Campbell slyly threw a laser beam to O’s first baseman Simon who quickly applied the tag on an unsuspecting Michael (7) to record the second out. On the second pickoff, Campbell guilefully threw a strike to third baseman Luke who applied the tag on a napping Sajith (8) to record the third out.
With their feathers ruffled, the Orioles gamely battled back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to trim the margin to 8-4. Luke and Campbell led off the inning respectively with a single and walk.With two outs and two runners on base, Simon stroked a clutch RBI single to bring Luke home. A subsequent Jays error allowed Campbell to hustle home. However, Jays closer Ben eventually recorded the final out to seal the deal.
EXTRA INNINGS: Kudos to Sam (15) of the Jays for a 2 for 2 game at the dish with two doubles, three RBI’s, two runs scored, along with two stolen bases. Sam also threw a powerful third inning where he allowed only one run, while striking out two Orioles; Kudos to Jays starter Keegan (2) who threw a stellar two innings where he allowed only one run while striking out five. Keegan also went 1 for 2 at the plate with a run scored and a stolen base; Kudos to Orioles starter Simon (5) for pitching a solid first inning where he allowed only one run while fanning one. Simon helped himself out with 1-5 pickoff to record the third out. Simon also went 2 for 2 at the plate with two stolen bases; Kudos to O’s reliever Campbell (6) for throwing a grace under pressure third inning, where he allowed only one run while striking out one. Campbell helped his cause out by picking off TWO Jays baserunners. Campbell also drew two walks in two trips to the dish while stealing three bases and scoring two runs; Kudos to Jacob (11) of the Jays for a 2 for 2 effort (single, double) at the plate. Jacob scored one run, had one RBI, and stile three bases; Kudos to Adam (5) for a 2 for 2 game with a RBI, one run scored, and four stolen bases.