WITH THE COLD KENTUCKY RAIN POURING DOWN, THE PESKY LIZZIES DOUSE THE CUBBIES TO WIN THEIR FIRST ROUND ROBIN GAME AT THE TOURNAMENT
Under cloudy and rainy skies this morning at Christie Pits Diamond 2, the Lizzies topped the Cubs 3-1 in three innings of Mosquito Division round robin tournament play.
With the proceedings deadlocked at 0-0, the pesky Lizzies (1-2) seized their moment of opportunity in the top of the third by scoring three runs to take a 3-0 lead.
As the rain continued to shower down unrelentingly on the baseball diamond, Fatima (14) stepped into the batter’s box and worked the count in her favour to draw a lead off walk. After a daring pair of stolen bases allowed her to reach third, Fatima blazed home on a Cubs error and scored the game’s first run.
Energized by Fatima’s gritty play, the Lizzies proceeded to take charge of the proceedings by taking tiger mountain by strategy. With no outs, Xavier (8) drew a walk and Jasper R (4) muscled a solid single to put two Lizzies on base.
After Xavier stole third, Devin (6) delivered a clutch RBI single to bring home Xavier. Subsequently, with the bases loaded and no outs, Leandro (10) punched a RBI single that scored Jasper R.
Down 3-0, the Cubs (2-1) refused to surrender as they gamely rallied in the drizzling rain to score a run to trim the deficit to two. After Alden (9) led off the inning with a walk and two stolen bases, he pounced on a Lizzies error to slide home safely with the Cubs first run of the game.
However, with the rain intensifying with every passing second, Lizzies closer Leandro (10) icily proceeded to strike out three Cubs to seal the deal.
At this juncture in the proceedings, the game was suspended.*
Here are some additional highlights:
- Cubs starter Alden (9) struck out three Lizzies to pitch a scoreless top half of the first.
- In the bottom of the first, Lizzies starter Curtis (12) answered back by mowing down the Cubs in 1-2-3 order to keep them off the basepaths and the scoreboard.
- Cubs reliever Michael (12) struck out two Lizzies in the top of the second to keep them off the scoresheet.
- Curtis pitched a scoreless second by striking out three Cubbies.
*Result Pending: The Cubs and Lizzies played a round robin tournament game that was suspended after three innings of play. If the outcome of that game would affect the standings and the quarter-final match-ups, the fourth inning will be completed at the earliest possible time.