IN THEIR FINAL REGULAR SEASON GAME, THE JAYS AND LIZZIES DUEL TO A HARD FOUGHT DRAW AT CHRISTIE PITS
Under warm and humid skies this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 2, the Jays and Lizzies battled to a thrilling 9-9 draw in four nailbiting innings of Peewee Division action.
In a titanic clash between two talented and well seasoned Peewee Division teams, both the Jays and Lizzies fought tooth and nail from start to finish to determine who would emerge victorious on field of play in their final regular season of the year. In the end, both squads finished deadlocked after a sizzling hour and a half of baseball magic as they parried back and forth like expert swordsmen.
Lizzies starter John Eric (2) mowed down the Jays in 1-2-3 fashion with three strikeouts in the top of the first.
In the bottom of the first, the Lizzies made hay of three walks and a hit batsman to jump out to an early 4-0 lead. Keying the Lizzies offense was a RBI walk by John (6) and an one out RBI single by John Lee (11).
The Jays answered back with four in the top of the second to even the proceedings. Spearheading the Jays offensive surge were respective RBI singles from Jack (3) and Jake (2) and a pair of RBI walks by Maghnus (9) and Max (11).
Jays reliever Alex (9) struck out three Lizzies in the bottom of the second to keep the game tied 4-4.
The Jays took advantage of four walks to score four runs in the top of the third to take an 8-4 lead. Sparking the Jays offensive explosion was a two RBI double by Alex.
However, the Lizzies answered the clarion call and rallied for four runs in the bottom of the third to even the proceedings. Keying the Lizzies comeback were respective RBI singles from John Eric and Noel (14), and a clutch two RBI single by John Lee.
With the score knotted 8-8 in the top of the fourth, the Jays scored a run to take a 9-8 lead. After Jake (2) led off the inning with a single, Griff (5) advanced him to second with a 6-3 sacrifice hit. After Jake stole third, he motored home with the go ahead run after a Lizzies throwing error.
Maghnus (9) followed with a one out double and advanced to third on a stolen base. With the Jays potential insurance run standing only seventy-five feet away from home, Lizzies reliever Maxwell (13) icily dug deep into his reserve tank and struck out the next two Jays to end the inning.
Down 9-8, the Lizzies doggedly rallied in their half of the fourth. With one out, Cormac (4) battled at the plate to draw a walk. After Kyle (10) advanced Cormac to second with a sacrifice groundout to first, Cormac took third on a stolen base.
With two outs, Cormac seized the moment and made a brazen dash for home on a Jays throwing error. In a bang bang play at the plate, Cormac slid safely under Jays catcher Jeremy to score the tying run.
The Lizzies proceeded to load the bases on three consecutive walks. With the Lizzies potential winning run standing at third, Jays closer Jack (3) surreptitiously threw to third to successfully pick off a wayfaring Lizzies base runner to end the game.