DESPITE A FURIOUS COMEBACK ATTEMPT, TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS FALLS SHORT AS THE BOMBERS EMERGE WITH THE EBA SELECT LOOP VICTORY AT CHRISTIE PITSBeneath a ceiling of picturesque skies, the Bloordale Bombers defeated our Toronto Playgrounds Rookie Ball Selects 17-11 in five innings of Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) Select Loop action this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 3.
In an entertaining affair involving two talented and well coached teams, the difference in the game was that Bloordale had the sizzling hot bats in the early going whereas TP was slow out of the gates in the first two frames.
The Bombers pounded out nineteen hits in the first three innings to take a 12-2 advantage. In the end, it was a deep chasm that TP was unable to extricate itself from.
On a bombing mission, Bloordale came onto the tarmac with a seven hit barrage in the top of the first and took flight with an early 5-0 lead. The Bombers attack was keyed by RBI hits from Benevides (91), Kulla (19), Popov (9) and Soultanidis (55).
TP answered back with a pair in the bottom of the first to trim the deficit to three. After Zev (19) led off the inning with a single, Jordan W. (1) followed with a RBI double to bring Zev home with TP’s first run of the game. Following a one out double by Jordan L. (10), Cassius (5) stroked a RBI single to bring him to roost.
In the top of the second, the Bombers added another run to the tally and increased their lead to 6-2. With two outs and two runners on base, Chambers (10) brought Hall (7) home with a RBI single.
TP third baseman Jordan L. displayed some sizzling Gold Glove leather during the frame as he played a key defensive role in two outs [a 5-6 putout and snaring a dying quail pop up] to help his team get out the inning without any additional damage.
Bloordale displayed some flashy defensive play in the bottom of the second to keep TP off the scoreboard.
Going for the jugular, the Bombers unleashed an unrelenting eight hit attack in the top of the third to add six runs and widen their advantage to 12-2. Igniting the Bloordale offensive explosion during the frame was a key 2 RBI single by Desouza (20). This was followed by respective RBI singles from Lee (11) and Condoyannis (25). The barrage was capped off with a 2 RBI single from Schreder (1).
With their backs to the wall, the never say die TP Rookie Ball Selects answered the clarion call in the bottom half of the third as they scored three to pull within seven. Following a lead off single by Thomas (23), Jordan W. delivered him home with a two out RBI single.
After a Jordan L. single put two ducks on the pond, Cassius followed with a RBI single to bring Jordan W. home to roost. Next, a Sam P. (11) RBI single would bring Jordan L. homeward bound.
However, Bloordale answered the TP challenge with a seven hit torrent in the top of the fourth as they tacked on five insurance runs to stretch their lead to 17-5. Leading the Bombers attack was a 2 RBI double by Kulla (19) and respective RBI singles from Popov and Soultanidis. Desouza added a RBI double to the mix.
Third baseman Jordan L. flashed his fine defensive leather again during the inning as he snared a pair of searing Bombers hits at the hot corner to initiate a pair of back to back 5-4 putouts to help the TP cause.
In the bottom of the fourth, the TP bats surged to life as they unleashed a eight hit attack to score six and trim the deficit to six. Malcolm (18), Emmett (8) and Christian (7) opened the frame with respective singles to load the bases. Michael (12) followed with a clutch 2 RBI single to bring home Malcolm and Emmett.
Down 17-7 and with two runners on base, Thomas stroked a 2 RBI single that allowed Christian and Michael to come homeward bound. After a pair of two out singles by Jonas (9) and Zev put two ducks on the pond, Jordan W. stepped into the batter’s box and powered a 2 RBI double to left field to bring them home to roost.
The TP defense shone brightly in the top of the fifth as they kept the explosive Bombers offensive machine off the scoresheet with some stellar glove work. With Kirby finesse, second baseman Jordan W. vacuumed up a searing grounder off the bat of Condoyannis and made the quick throw to first baseman Sam H-T. (2) to complete the 4-3 putout for the first out of the inning.
After a one out double by Westfall (24), the TP defense tightened up even more in a bid to keep within striking distance of Bloordale. Pitcher Zev snared a hot shot off the bat of Hall and made a laser throw to Sam H-T. at first to complete the 1-3 putout and chalk up the second out of the frame.
Next, on a nifty 6-3 putout, shortstop Sam P. scooped up a blaster off the bat of Schreder and made a lightning throw to first baseman Sam H-T. to record the third out.
Toronto Playgrounds gamely put two runners on base in the bottom of the fifth in a comeback bid. However, the rally attempt fizzled out as the Bombers kept them off the scoring ledger.
The TP Rookie Ball Selects (2-2) continue their homestand at Christie Pits Diamond 3 next Tuesday, June 9 when they play host to the Annette A’s at 6:30 p.m.