IN A TIGHT SEESAW AFFAIR, THE BIG RED MACHINE PREVAIL OVER THE GRITTY RANGERS AT DOMINICO FIELD
Beneath a tranquil layer of warm summer skies, the Reds edged the Rangers 8-7 in 4 ½ innings of Bantam Division round robin tournament action this evening at Dominico Field at Christie Pits.
With the proceeding deadlocked at 7-7, the Reds would take the bull by the horns in the bottom of the fourth. Following a one out walk, Flynn (4) would steal second. After Qingyuan (14) was hit by pitch to put two Reds aboard, Flynn swiped third. A wild pitch by the Rangers would open the door for Flynn to blaze homeward with the Reds go ahead run.
The Reds would strike out two in the top of the fifth to keep the Rangers off the scoreboard and seal the deal on the victory.
Here are some additional highlights:
- Exercising patience at the dish, the Rangers would feast upon a Mandarin buffet serving of six walks in the top of the first to stake themselves to an early 4-0 lead. Josh (12), Avi (5), Juilan (1) and Cormac (3) would come home to crow.
- In the bottom of the first, the Reds would answer back with four to tie the game. Cole (2), Zac (1), Naz (3) and Simon (9) would come homeward bound. Key hits during the Rangers rally came from Cole, Zac, Simon and Iliana (13).
- The Rangers would reply with a run in the top of the second to retake the lead 5-4. After a one out double, Michael (4) would come around to score.
- However, the Reds answered with a pair in the bottom of the second to take a 6-5 advantage. Willem (5) and Solomon (6) would come in to score. Key hits during the Reds rally came from Solomon and Niall (12).
- In the top of the third, the Rangers would score two to retake the lead 7-6. Julian and Cormac would deliver key hits to get on base and come around to score.
- The Reds would reply with a run in the bottom of the third to deadlock the game 7-7. After reaching base with a dropped third strike, Zac would subsequently come home with the tying run.
- With the Rangers threatening in the top of the fourth, the Reds defense rose to the challenge by erasing a base runner at third and striking out two to keep the Rangers at bay.