TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS DEFEATS THE NORTH YORK BLUES 21-15 IN THEIR THIRD ROUND ROBIN GAME AT THE TOURNEY TO FINISH IN SECOND PLACE IN THE LARRY JONES DIVISION
Edited Game Post Summary by Alex Petro.
The TP Rookie Ball Select Team showed great character and enthusiasm in their 21-15 round robin victory over the North York Blues this morning at the Lloyd McConnie Memorial Rookie Ball Tournament at Etobicoke Valley Park.
The game was tight affair between a pair of equally matched opponents. However the players representing Toronto Playgrounds were determined to not be denied a victory at the tourney.
Although the lead changed hands between TP and North York several times during the game, the Rookie Ball Selects took the matter into their own hands during the final two innings.
Some solid TP defensive play shut down the Blues offense in the top of the next to last inning as the Rookie Ball Selects bats came alive in the bottom of the inning. Coupled with some aggressive base running, Toronto Playgrounds took a one run lead and didn’t look back.
Amongst the many highlights was Daniel’s (10) inside the park home run that kicked the boys’ spirits into an extra gear.
During the last inning, TP’s defence shut the North York offense down in such short order that there was a risk of playing another inning in accordance with the tournament’s time regulations – this would have given the Blues another chance to hit again and perhaps come up with a big inning.
With fifteen minutes left to play, TP added to their lead. Almost through the batting order, the umpire called the game due to time limit and the Rookie Ball Selects walked away with a solid, well deserved victory to finish second in their round robin division.
Despite Toronto Playgrounds (1-1-1) second place showing in the Larry Jones Division, only the teams that finish first in each of the four round robin divisions at the tourney are eligible to advance to the semi-final round.
The TP Baseball Committee wishes to congratulate Rookie Ball Select Head Coach Ron Lopata, Assistant Coaches Jason Koskela and Alex Petro, and all the players on their success at the Lloyd McConnie Tournament. The entire team is to be commended for representing Toronto Playgrounds with dignity and honour during the weekend tourney.
WAY TO GO! TP!!!