DOWN 5-2, TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS RALLY WITH FOUR RUNS IN THE FINAL INNING TO USURP THE RIVERDOGS AND WIN ITS THIRD EBA SELECT GAME OF THE SEASON
Beneath a ceiling of warm and overcast skies, the Toronto Playgrounds Major Mosquito Selects edged the York Gold Riverdogs 6-5 in six innings of Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) Select action this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 2.
Trailing 5-2, TP staged a miracle comeback in the bottom of the fifth to upend the Riverdogs. After Eric (6) walked and Elliott (34) doubled to put two aboard, Cassius (5) delivered a RBI single that moved Elliot to third and brought Eric home.
Then TP executed a daring double steal that saw Cassius take second base and Elliot to blaze home with another run and trim the deficit to one.
Following a double by Sam (2) that put two ducks on the pond, Noah (3) would deliver a two RBI double that brought Cassius and Sam homeward with the tying and winning runs.
The proceeding was a riveting and tight affair that was contested by two talented and well coached teams.
York jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. After a leadoff single by Jordain (4), Gavyn (1) and Marcus (13) drew back to back walks to load the bases. Liam (11) followed with a RBI walk that allowed Jordain to come home with the first run of the game.
TP starter Noah (3) would strike out one in the first to subdue the Riverdogs insurgency.
With one out and with the bases loaded, Noah would help out his own cause with a sweet double play to close out the inning. After a catching a scorching hot tamale line drive in the shoestrings of his glove off the bat of Michael G. (12) for the second out, Noah quickly pivoted and made a laser throw to third baseman Cassius (5), who tagged out a wayfaring Gavyn (1) for the third out.
York starter Marcus (13) would strike out two in the bottom of the first to keep TP off the scoring ledger.
The Riverdogs would threaten in the top of the second by loading the bases on three walks. However, TP reliever Cassius (5) would pitch himself out of a mojo jojo jam by striking out three to leave them stranded.
TP would score a run in the bottom of the second to deadlock the game. After a leadoff single and stolen base by Sam (2), Josh (20) followed with a RBI single that brought him homeward with the tying run.
With two aboard, York starter Marcus would strike out three in the second frame to quell the TP uprising.
TP reliever Julius (11) would strike out a pair in the top of the third to keep the Riverdogs in the pound and off the scoreboard.
York starter Marcus would strike out one in the bottom of the third to keep TP off the scoring abacus.
Marcus would be aided mightily by Riverdogs catcher Jordain, who threw out two TP baserunners at third base during the inning.
In the top of the fourth, York would push across a run to take a 2-1 lead. With two aboard, Luca (6) would deliver a RBI single to bring Mathew (9) home with the go ahead score.
TP reliever Elliot (34) would strike out two in the fourth to extinguish the Riverdogs insurrection.
Elliot would also get a helping hand from his defence during the inning. After leading off the frame with a walk and stolen base, Michael G. made a brazen bid to steal third. However, TP catcher Eric made a rocket throw to third baseman Nolan (13), who tagged out Michael G. on the pretty 2-5 D.O.A. putout play.
York reliever Talan (14) would ring up a strikeout and two groundouts in the bottom of the fourth to keep TP off the scoresheet.
Feasting upon a Mandarin buffet serving of five walks, the Riverdogs would take a three run bite out of TP in the top of the fifth and widen their lead to 5-1. With one out and a runner on base, Marcus would deliver a RBI double to bring Gavyn home to crow.
Following a pair of walks to Liam and Michael C. (5) that loaded the bases, Ryan (10) and Mathew would garner back to back two out RBI walks that brought Marcus and Liam homeward bound.
TP reliever Eitan (19) would strike out two in the fifth to douse the York mutiny.
The TP defence would also execute a nice play to chalk up the first out of the inning. After striking a leadoff single into right field, Jordain tried to stretch it into a double. However, TP right fielder Julius retrieved the ball and made a laser throw to shortstop Eric, who tagged out a sliding Jordain to ring up the 9-6 putout.
In the bottom of the fifth, TP would tally a run to trim the deficit to three. Following a two out single by Charlie (9), Eitan would walk and Daniel (7) single to load the bases. Simon (10) would draw a RBI walk to bring Charlie home to do the shimmy, shimmy, shake.
York reliever Talan would record a strikeout and two groundouts in the fifth to suppress the TP rally bid.
TP reliever Eitan would coax the Riverdogs into a pair of groundouts and a pop up in the top of the sixth to keep them off the scoreboard. Kudos to centre fielder Nolan (13) for making a nice catch on an eight mile high pop up off the bat of Jordain for the final out of the inning.
And it was at this juncture in the proceedings where TP came to bat in the bottom of the sixth and came face to face with their moment with destiny.
The TP Major Mosquito Selects (3-3) continue their homestand at Christie Pits Diamond 2 next Sunday, June 25 when they host the Annette Red at 6:00 p.m.