TRAILING 10-8, THE CUBBIES RALLY FOR SIX RUNS IN THE FINAL INNING AND FEND OFF A TENACIOUS BUCCANEERS COMEBACK TO EMERGE VICTORIOUS AT CHRISTIE PITS DIAMOND 3
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Beneath humid and hazy skies at Christie Pits Diamond 3 this evening, the Cubs defeated the Pirates 14-12 in a thrilling 4 inning Mosquito Division game.
Down 10-8 in the top of the fourth, the Cubs rallied for six runs to take a 14-10 lead.
After Elise and Michael of the Cubs had scored to tie the game, Julia and Daniel reached base. At this juncture, Alden stroked a clutch 2 RBI triple that brought Julia and Daniel home to put the Cubbies out in front. Before the inning was over, the Cubs added a pair of insurance runs as Alden and Catalina came homeward bound.
The swashbuckling Pirates rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fourth to trim the deficit to two. However, Cubs closer Alden cooly struck out three Buccaneers to seal the deal and the victory.
In the top of the first, the Cubs scored four to jump out to an early 4-0 lead. Adi of the Cubs scored the first run off a Pirates error. Alden hit a RBI double to bring Daniel home. Eventually Alden and Catalina come home to close out the scoring in the inning.
However, the gnarly Pirates rallied for four in the bottom half of the first to even the match at 4-4. Sterling (5) delivered a great hit to score the Bucs first run. Theo (9) stroked a triple with 2 RBI’s.
The Cubbies could not buy a hit in the top of the second as Pirates pitcher Adam (14) threw a scoreless inning.
The Bucs scored two in the bottom of the inning to surge ahead 6-4.
The Cubs answered back with four in the third to retake the lead 8-6. The defensive highlight of the inning was Pirates catcher Nathan (4) making a great throw to third to nab a Cubs baserunner attempting to steal.
The Buccaneers scored four in the bottom of the third to leap back in front 10-8. The Cubs defense made some heads up plays during the inning. Sam made a diving stop at second to negate extra bases. And Elise exhibited some fantastic foot work to back up the overthrow from her catcher, and also to stop any extra bases from a Pirates steal.