MOSQUITO > Royals Bowline Mariners 8-4


Game Post composed with files from Vincent Lynch and Tim Burke

Beneath wondrous summer evening skies, the Royals defeated the Mariners 8-4 in four innings of Mosquito Division play tonight at Christie Pits Diamond 2.

Here is a Royals summary of the proceedings:

  • The Royals started it off right with four runs in the top of the first to take a early 4-0 lead. It was done on six walks and a RBI hit by Kaenoa (3).
  • In the bottom of first, Royals starter James (6) pitched well and let in just one run.
  • The Royals were kept off the scoreboard in the top of the second by some fine Mariners pitching (two strikeouts) and a fine defensive play at first on a sharply hit ball by Elayna (12).
  • In the bottom of the second, the Mariners scored a pair to close the margin to 4-3.
  • Kaenoa got a single in the top of the third and managed to come around score to give the Royals a 5-3 lead.
  • The Mariners kept pace by scoring one off reliever Royals reliever Lewis in the bottom of the third to trim the deficit to one .
  • However, the Royals added three important insurance runs in the top of the fourth to extend their lead to 8-4.
  • Royals reliever Lewis continued on the mound in the fourth and had a clean inning to seal the deal on the win.

Here is a Mariners recap of the game:

  • It was a beautiful evening for basebal as the Mariners took to the field in the first to face off against the Royals.
  • M’s starter Joaquin (6) took to the hill for the Mariners to get the game started. Joaquin started off well, throwing strikes and fielding a hard chopper right back at him on the mound to make a great play to first. But the Royals batting order stood strong and brought home four runs to take an early 4-0 lead.
  • With two outs in the bottom of the first, Callum (2) drew a walk and stole his way to second. Coleman (13) delivered a hard hit single to bring Callum home to roost and trim the deficit to three.
  • Mariners reliever Jude (3) held the Royals at bay in the top of the second by getting two big K’s! With some good help from his M’s infielders, the Royals were kept off the scoresheet.
  • In the bottom of the second, the Mariners offense was able to bring home two runs to slice the margin to 4-3. After both Cassius (4) and Reed (1) reached base after being hit by pitches, they stole their way around to home plate with some aggressive base stealing and the help of some Rookie Ball call ups that were inserted into the M’s batting order.
  • Mariners reliever Ben (10) struck out three in the top of the third while only surrendering one run to the Royals.
  • Jude and Coleman hit singles in the bottom of the third to put two M’s on the basepaths. However, the M’s were only able to cash in one run to trail 5-4.
  • M’s relief pitcher Reed (1), took to the mound for the first time this season in the top of the fourth. With some athletic defensive work from Joaquin, making a play to first, and a great snap throw by catcher Jude to third baseman Coleman to catch a Royals runner in the most intense run down of the season. When the dust finally settled, Reed gave up three runs before striking out two Royals.
  • Trailing 8-4 going into the bottom of the fourth, the Mariners refused to wave the white flag of surrender as they gamely donned their rally caps in a comeback bid. After Reed got on base with a single, the Rookie Ball call up contingent of the Royals garnered walks to load the bases. However, the Royals bullpen shut down the Mariners thereafter and left the bases loaded for the victory.
  • The Mariners will have to watch out for the Royals at their next meeting!