IN A HARD FOUGHT CONTEST, THE WHITE SOX PREVAIL OVER THE A’s AT DOMINICO FIELD TO WIN THEIR FOURTH CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE PAST SIX YEARSGame Post composed with file from Alex Beauvais and Paul Kelly. Photographs courtesy of Kevin Truong and Kevin Hewitt.
Under the lights on a tranquil late summer night, the White Sox defeated the A’s 12-10 in 5 ½ innings this evening at Dominico Field at Christie Pits to win the 2014 Toronto Playgrounds Baseball Bantam Division Championship.
With the victory, White Sox Head Coach Alex Beauvais and Assistant Coach Chris Novielli have steered their team to four Bantam Division championships in the past six seasons. In fact, the White Sox accomplished a rare “threepeat” when they won three consecutive championships from 2009 to 2011.Here are the highlights:
- White Sox starter Tyler threw two stellar innings where he gave up only one run while striking out three.
- Zach and Owen scored three runs a piece for the White Sox.
- Wesley and Leo delivered big RBI singles in the first inning.
- White Sox reliever Jamie threw two shutout innings after coming in in the third and threw the third and fourth after Zach struggled against the A’s.
- White Sox reliever Victor came in with one out in the fifth and mowed down two consecutive A’s batters to end the fifth.
- Down 12-7 in the top of sixth, the A’s rallied for three to trim the margin to 12-10. However, Victor struck out the last batter to win the game with two A’s base runners left on base
The White Sox Player of the Game according to Head Coach Alex Beauvais was Tyler, who threw 2 excellent innings to keep the score 3-1 going into the bottom of the second.
- In a postgame media scrum, A’s Head Coach Paul Kelly said the difference for the A’s this time was that the top of the order went cold with exception of Jerome, who had two singles. In total the top five batters on the lineup only produced three hits, three walks and one HBP. They must have been tired because from carrying the team on their back up to this point in the tournament.
- But no worries, because the bottom of the A’s order took over and kept things close, combining for eight hits and four walks. Highlights include Tim’s (13) clutch 2 RBI single in the top of the 6th and final inning with bases loaded and two out. Claire’s (6) best hit of the season — a bloop single into no-man’s land between in- and outfield that scored Evan (10) and Arlo (1). That was in the 5th inning in which batters 8 to 12 hit five singles in a row. The other hitters besides those already mentioned were Jack Kent (11) and Iain (2). Michael (7) also came up a clutch RBI single in the 3rd.
- As for the A’s pitching, kudos to Sam (12) and Arlo who pitched the third and fourth innings, respectively. Each faced five batters, with Sam striking out three Sox in the top of the fifth. Arlo pitched for contact and let the fielders finish off his first two batters before striking out the fifth. Both allowed only one run.