Clockwise from top left: Jack (27) delivered a pair of clutch RBI hits; Adam (18) powered the Mosquito Selects with 3 RBI’s against Annette; John Lee (19) hit a crucial RBI single in the second; TP reliever Ben (5) got a crucial strikeout in the fourth to send the game to an extra inning; Brian (25) muscled a RBI single in the second; TP starter Max (7) threw two strong innings.

Game Report composed with file from Brian Herman

It was a battle royale for the ages!

Although, in the end, Annette prevailed 19-18 over the Toronto Playgrounds Mosquito Select team in their EBA semi-final game at Smythe Park in extra innings, every TP player gave it their all and should feel no shame as they collectively left everything on the field of play against the number one seed at the tournament.

In a postgame media scrum, Mosquito Select Assistant Coach Brian Herman was effusive in his praise of how the team performed at the EBA playoff tournament.

“Overall, a great weekend for the TP Mosquito Select team, who ended their season displaying grit and determination, making their coaches and parents proud. They should hold their heads high for a job well done.”

Here is a game recap:

  • TP starting pitcher Max (7) held the powerful and undefeated Annette team to one run in the first inning.
  • TP answered back with four runs in the top of the second on RBI singles by Brian (25) and John Lee (19).
  • TP held Annette scoreless in the second thanks to a inning-ending double play by Adam (18) who snared a line drive and stepped on third to double off the Annette runner.
  • TP scored two more runs in the top of the third,  powered by a RBI single from Jack (27) to stretch their lead to
  • Annette answered back in the bottom of third with eight runs to take a 9-6 lead and knock TP starter Max out
    of the game.
  • But the ever resilient TP crew refused to fold and came back with a vengeance in the top of fourth as they scored ten runs, keyed by a clutch RBI double by Adam and a ringing rbi triple by Jack, making the score 16-9.
  • Annette rallied off TP relief pitcher Brian for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the score at 16-16, with
    TP relief pitcher Ben (5)  getting a key strikeout to send the game to an extra inning.
  • In the top of the fifth, TP loaded the bases on walks and then Adam came up big again with a clutch 2 RBI single.
  • Annette was very patient at the plate in the bottom of the fifth and were able to score three runs on a single and four walks to take the game and end a thriller that had gathered a large crowd to witness
    the fourth and fifth innings.