SPRINTING AROUND THE DIAMOND WITH THEIR RED SHOES, THE HALOS CAGE THE BLUEBIRDS TO EARN THE VICTORY AT CHRISTIE PITS
Game Post composed with file from Steve Yacht and Jeff Kolyn.
Under a blanket of warm and serene skies, the Angels topped the Jays 8-6 in 3 ½ divine innings of Mosquito Division play this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 3.
Here is an Angels summary of the proceedings:
- It was a fine outing for the Angels this week with starter Cooper (2) getting the team off to a great start against the Mariners. With much improved control, Cooper kept the Jays scoreless in the first.
- The Angels then demonstrated their base running prowess in the bottom of the first with both Maggie (4) and Jack brazenly stealing home during the frame.
- Halos reliever Maggie (4) took to the mound in the second and contributed more great pitching with two K’s and quick reflexes in the field, picking off her first batter with a well fielded grounder and great throw to Aidan (13), who looks to be a natural at first base. The Jays were kept to a single run during the inning.
- The Angels offense racked up another four runs in the bottom of the second which gave reliever Myles (3) a comfortable lead going into the top of the third. Myles tossed an impressive strikeout during the inning and was backed up with some solid fielding by Matthew (11) in centre field. However, the Jays still managed to plate four runs in the frame with some impressive hitting at the dish.
- Facing the Jays’ ace reliever Theo, the Angels were held scoreless in the third.
- The Halos looked to releiver Julien (8) to hold the lead in the top of the fourth and close out the game. Quickly settling in, Julien came out firing, striking out the first batter and racking up an impressive strike count.
- Alex (9) kicked in with an amazing flyball catch at second leading to another hard won victory for the Angels.
Here is a Jays summary of the game:
The Jays have done it! They have become the first Mosquito Division house league team to have already used every teammate to pitch an inning this year. All FIFTEEN Jays have toed the pitching rubber and made all their coaches and parents proud.
Batting in the top of the first, Andre (6) of the Jays walked and stole himself around to third base. Theo (2) followed up and stole second. However, the Angels bored down and held the Bluebirds off the score sheet.
Jays starter James (13) pitched his first inning of the year in the bottom of the first and earned a strikeout. Overall James pitched really well to start off the game.
Catcher Lucas (1) tossed out a wayfaring Angel trying to steal second in the first frame with a nice catch and tag by Vincent (7).
The Jays got on the board in the top of the second inning on a double by James, driving in Noah who singled, and stole second base. Jeremy (4) followed up with a walk and a stolen base, and Luz (5) walked to load the bases. The Jays could not bring home any more runs. But the hitting shoes were warming up.
Jays reliever Andre entered the fray in the bottom of the second and was able to get a force out at third base courtesy of Genevieve (10). Later, the Jays almost did it again, but just missed the play. Andre was right around the plate the whole inning with the Angels fighting off some tough pitches to stay in the game.
In the top of the third, the Jays bats came to life. Camille (14) led off the frame with a walk and stole second and third with some savvy base running. Andre followed with his second walk of the game and promptly stole second base. Theo stepped up to the plate and smashed a RBI single to centre field to score Camille. Joshua (3) then stepped into the batter’s box and belted a huge double to the gap, scoring two more runs. Joshua stole his way to second and Matthew walked to load the bases again. Lucas stepped up and smashed a fly ball to left that dropped in and brought in the fourth run of the inning.
Jays reliever Theo mowed down two Angels in quick order during the bottom of the third. Theo then made a nice grab on a come backer that first baseman Ibrahim (8) caught cleanly at first.
The Jays entered the top of the fourth with their rally caps on. After the Angles retired the first two batters, James walked and stole two bases. With two outs, Jeremy followed up with his second walk and stolen base of the night. Luz walked again, and Ibrahim followed his with a RBI walk of his own to bring in another run. However, the comeback rally fizzled and the Jays fell victim to Angels.