THE BLUEBIRDS PREVAIL OVER THE LIZZIES IN A THRILLING ROUND ROBIN TOURNAMENT GAME AT CHRISTIE PITS
Beneath a duvet of tranquil September skies, the Jays edged the Lizzies 7-6 in four exciting innings of Mosquito Division Round Robin Tournament action this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 2.
With the game deadlocked 6-6, the Jays scored a run in the top of the fourth to take a 7-6 lead. Following a one out walk by Simon (9), Jonas (4) stroked a single to put two ducks on the pond. Subsequently, Christian (1) delivered a clutch two out RBI single to bring Simon home with the go ahead run.
Lizzies reliever Emmett (10) would strikeout three in the fourth to quell the Jays insurgency.
Jays starter Nolan (5) returned to the mound in the bottom of the fourth to strikeout three Jays to seal the deal on the victory.
The proceeding was a well played back and forth seesaw affair that was contested between two talented and well coached teams. In the end, the gritty Jays prevailed for a slender victory over the pesky Lizzies.
Exercising patience at the dish, the Jays jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. After a leadoff walk, Malcolm (3) advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches. Josh (12) followed with a one out RBI single to bring Malcolm home with the opening run of the game.
With a runner on base, Nolan delivered a powerful RBI triple to left field to plate Josh.
Following a pair of walks to Sawyer (14) and Adam J. (10) that loaded the bases, William (15) drew a RBI walk that allowed Nolan to shuffle homeward with a run.
In a determined foray on the hill, Lizzies starter Tomasso (15) struck out one in the first frame.The Lizzies would reply with three in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game 3-3. After a one out walk by Emmett, Theo (14) stroked a single to put two mallards on the lake. A subsequent wild pitch would allow Theo to advance to second and bring Emmett home with the Lizzies first run of the game.
With one aboard, Jordan (12) delivered a RBI double that allowed Theo to come homeward. After stealing third base, Jordy would take advantage of a wild pitch to blaze home with the tying run.
Jays starter Nolan would chalk up a groundout in the first frame.
Seizing their opportunities, the Jays brazenly scored three in the top of the second to take a 6-3 lead. Following a leadoff walk by Simon and a single by Jonas, Asher (13) drew a walk to load the bases. A wild pitch would allow Jonas and Asher to move up a base and open the door for Simon to blaze home with the go ahead run.
Following a walk to Christian that reloaded the bases, the Lizzies defence would commit an error that allowed Jonas to blaze home with a run.
After Adam B. (8) was hit by pitch to reload the bases with one out, the Lizzies committed a faux pas that allowed Asher to come homeward from third and elude the tag of Lizzies catcher Theo in a chitty, chitty, bang, bang play at the plate to score another run for the Jays.
Refusing to surrender, the Lizzies clawed back with a pair in the bottom of the second to trim the margin to 6-5. After a leadoff walk by Tomasso, Nathan (1) was hit by pitch to put two otters on the pond. With runners on third and second, Ethan (13) delivered a groundout that allowed Nathan to advance to third and brought Tomasso home to do the watusi.
Following a pair of walks to Diego (5) and Jack (3), Graeme (11) earned a two RBI walk to plate Nathan.
Shaken, but not stirred, Jays southpaw reliever Malcolm (3) dug deep into his reserve tank in the second inning to ring up a groundout and two strikeouts to extinguish the Lizzies threat and preserve the Bluebirds one run lead.
Lizzies reliever Emmett would strikeout three in the top of the third to keep the Jays off the scoring ledger and perched in their nest.
In the bottom of the third, the Lizzies would rally with a run to deadlock the proceedings 6-6. Following a pair of singles by Lucky (7) and Emmett to lead off the frame, Jordy stroked a RBI single to bring Lucky home with the tying run.
With the bases loaded, Jays reliever Sawyer (14) would extricate himself from the mojo jojo jam by ringing up two strikeouts and lineout to keep the game tied.
On the third out, Sawyer received a big league defensive play from Jays second baseman Christian, when he snagged a searing hot line drive off the bat of Nathan to rob him of a sure hit.
And it was at this juncture in the game where the Jays came face to face with their moment with destiny in the top of the fourth inning.