TRAILING 14-0, TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS STORM BACK WITH A TWENTY RUN VENGEANCE IN THE FINAL INNING TO LASSO THE RANGERS AND WIN THEIR SECOND GAME OF THE EBA SELECT LOOP SEASON
Beneath a ceiling of tranquil Spring skies, our Toronto Playgrounds Peewee Selects defeated the Etobicoke Rangers 20-14 in three innings of Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) Select action this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 2 to earn their second victory of the season.
In a nutshell, the entertaining proceeding by two talented and well coached teams was a wild west affair which reaffirmed Yogi Berra’s famous saying that a baseball game ‘ain’t over till it’s over’.
Despite being down 14-0 after 2 ½ innings, the nine gutsy players on the TP squad refused to accept their fate as they gamely rallied for an inexplicable twenty runs in the bottom of the third to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
In a miracle comeback for the ages, Toronto Playgrounds sent twenty-six batters to the plate during the frame as they cobbled together eight key hits and twelve walks against three Rangers relievers to overtake their opponent.
Here is a capsule anatomy of the rally:
- After Jake (30) walked and Leandro (10) singled to open the bottom of the third, the ‘Mighty’ Quinn (13) delivers an one out 2 RBI double. TP trails 14-2.
- Following a walk to Aaron (54) that put two ducks on the pond, Louis (16) stroked a RBI single to plate Quinn and trim the deficit to eleven.
- After a walk to Harris (12) loaded the bases, Ben (4) drew a RBI walk bring home Aaron.
- A Rangers error would allow Alex (22) to reach base and permit Louis to come homeward and slice the margin to 14-5.
- With the bases still juiced, Jake delivers a clutch 2 RBI single that plates Harris and Ben and cuts the deficit in half.
- With two runners on base, Leandro strokes a RBI single that scores Alex. Seizing an opportunity, Jake steals home.
- Trailing 14-9, Leandro pounces on a wild pitch by the Rangers and motors home from third.
- Daniel (50), the ‘Mighty’ Quinn and Aaron draw consecutive walks to reload the bases. A catcher interference call during Louis’ at bat forces Daniel home.
- Still with only one out and down by only three runs, Harris delivers a bases loaded RBI single to cash in the ‘Mighty’ Quinn with another score.
- Ben and Alex follow with back to back walks with the bases juiced to bring Aaron and Louis homeward to tie the game 14-14.
- Jake delivers a bases loaded RBI single to deliver Harris home with the go ahead and winning run.
- Leandro strokes a RBI single to plate Ben and extend the TP lead to 16-14. Alex seizes the moment to steal home with another run.
- After Daniel patiently drew another walk to load the bases again, the ‘Mighty’ Quinn delivers a 3 RBI bases clearing triple to add three more insurance runs to the TP tally.
In the top of the first, Etobicoke bolted out of the gates to take an early 3-0 lead. Exercising discipline at the dish, the Rangers opened the frame with three consecutive walks to load the bases. With one out, Hannah (43) delivered a RBI single to deliver Sandrine (13) home. Following a RBI walk by Gigi (47) that brought Destiny (29) home to roost, Aiden (59) stroked a RBI single to bring Victoria (37) homeward bound.
Shaken, but not stirred, TP starter Daniel (50) found the groove and struck out a pair of Rangers to quell the uprising.
TP minimized the damage during the inning on a nifty 9-6-2 putout play. On Aiden’s hit to right field, Etobicoke decided to wave Hannah home. After receiving the throw from right fielder Aaron (54), shortstop Quinn (13) made a laser throw to catcher Jake (30), who deftly applied the tag on a sliding Hannah to record the second out.
Taking no prisoners, Etobicoke starter Destiny (29) mowed down a pair in the bottom of the first to keep TP off the scoreboard.
The Rangers sent seventeen batters to the dish in the top half of the second as they exploded for eleven runs to widen their advantage to 14-0. With two runners on base and no outs, Flynn (31) ignited the fuse on the Etobicoke offensive explosion with a RBI sacrifice hit that brought Elena (17) home from third.
Leading 4-0, Etobicoke followed with seven hits and four walks to put more kerosene on the fire. The Rangers also made mincemeat of two TP errors to put the pedal to the metal during the frame. Keying the Etobicoke offensive fireworks were respective RBI hits from Claire (41), Sandrine, Hannah, Gigi and Julia (3). Aiden chipped in with a 2 RBI single.
Backed by some solid defensive help from her friends, Rangers starter Destiny subdued the TP insurgency in the bottom of the second to keep them off the scoresheet.
In the top of the third, the defensive prowess of TP shone bright as day as they set down Etobicoke in 1-2-3 fashion on three stellar Gold Glove plays to silence the Rangers offensive machine.
TP Shortstop Daniel combined with first baseman Aaron on a breathtaking 6-3 play to record the first out of the inning. Next, second baseman Leandro (10) battled the dimming sky to catch a mile high pop up for the second out. However, the piece de resistance followed when TP reliever Louis (16) fell over backwards to snare a searing line drive off the bat of Logan (54) to record the third out of the frame.