THE GRITTY ROYALS PREVAIL OVER THE PESKY TWINKIES IN A LOW SCORING AFFAIR AT BICKFORD PARKBeneath a blanket of warm and hazy summer skies, the Royals defeated the Twins 4-2 in three innings of Mosquito Division action this evening at the Bickford Park South Diamond.
The proceeding was a low scoring affair where pitching dominated and the few runs that were scored came at a premium. In the end, the Royals prevailed over the Twins in a well played game that was contested by two talented and well coached teams.
Twins starter Lewis (7) would strike out three in the top of the first to keep the Royals off the scoring ledger and in the throne room.
In the bottom of the first, the Twins jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. After being hit by pitch, lead off batter Caleb (1) would steal a pair of bases to advance to third. A passed ball would open the door for Caleb to blaze homeward and score the opening run of the game.
Royals starter Eli (11) would strike out three in the first to quell the Twins insurgency.
The Royals would answer back with four in the top of the second to take a 4-1 lead. After leading off the frame with a solid single, Jake (99) swiped a pair of bases to reach third. Following a walk to Simon (10) that put two aboard, Thomas (14) hit into a run scoring fielder’s choice that erased Simon at second and allowed Jake to scoot home with the tying run.
With one out and one aboard, Ellery (12) delivered a RBI double that brought Thomas home with the go ahead run.
As Ellery stole third, the Twins committed an error that allowed him to come home to roost.
Following a single by Harrison (4), Jonathan (1) would garner a walk to put two ducks on the pond. With two outs and runners at second and first, the Royals executed a double steal. As the play unfolded, the Twinkies committed a faux pas that allowed Jonathan to go to third and Harrison to shimmy home with another run.
The Twins would reply with a run in the bottom of the second to trim the deficit to two. After stroking a lead off double, Theo (5) would steal third and come home to roost on a wild pitch.
Royals reliever Ellery (12) would strike out two in the second to subdue the Twinkies rebellion.
With one out and a runner on base, Ellery would also help his own cause when he snared a hot tamale line drive off the bat of Lewis to ring up the second out of the inning.
In the top of the third, Twins reliever Pearson (14) would strike out two to keep the Royals off the scoresheet and in the dungeon.
With 1-2-3 finesse, Royals closer Jonathan (1) would mow down three Twins with a John Deere X390 Lawn Tractor to keep them off the scoreboard and seal the deal on hard fought victory.