IN A BARNBURNER, THE BOMBERS ERASE A FOUR RUN DEFICIT IN THE FINAL INNING TO PREVAIL OVER TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS AT CHRISTIE PITS
Beneath a canopy of picturesque skies, the Bloordale Bombers defeated the Toronto Playgrounds Minor Mosquito Selects 12-10 in four innings of Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) Mosquito Select Loop action this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 2.
Here is a Game Changer account of the proceedings courtesy of Dora Yeoh:
Toronto Playgrounds stayed in the game until the end, but Bloordale pulled away late in a 12-10 victory on Sunday.
- Despite the loss, TP did collect seven hits in the high-scoring affair. Unfortunately, Bloordale also had seven hits on their way to the victory.
- After Bloordale opened up scoring in the first inning, TP scored five runs in the second inning. Joel and Cody moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.
- Starting on the hill for TP, William went two innings, allowing three runs on three hits and striking out four.
- Cooper and Cody entered the game in relief and threw one inning respectively.
- William went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead TP in hits.
- TP didn’t commit a single error in the field. Momo had five chances in the field, the most on the team.
- TP stole 11 bases during the game as four players stole more than one. Cody led the way with three other TP players.stealing at least two bases.
And for the brave souls who desire a more colourful and detailed account of the proceedings, here is a game report courtesy of Scoop Gerbil:
The high scoring seesaw battle between TP and Bloordale was an entertaining proceeding that was contested between two talented and well coached teams. In the end, the Bombers rallied to erase a 10-6 deficit in the final frame and hung on for the victory.
In the top half of the first, Bloordale staked themselves to an early 3-0 lead. Following a pair of leadoff walks by Ryan (27) and Scott (11) to open the frame. Evan (19) stroked a RBI single that brought Ryan home with the opening run of the game. Subsequently, a TP wild pitch would open the portal for Scott to motor homeward from third with another run.
After a two out single by Arlo (76) that put a runner on base, Nicholas K-R (1) delivered a RBI double to bring Arlo home.
With resolve, TP starter William (33) struck out two in the first to end the Bombers fusillade.
TP answered back with one in the bottom of the first to trim the shortfall to two. After garnering a one out walk, Aron (14) utilized his Grand Theft acumen to advance to third base. A subsequent Bombers wild pitch allowed him to blaze home with a run.
Bloordale starter Jake (99) struck out three in the first inning to douse the TP attack.
TP starter William mowed down a pair on two strikeouts in the top portion of the second to keep the Bombers grounded on the tarmac.
William would also receive a little help from his friends during the inning. With one out and a runner on first, Nicholas F. (10) delivered a dying quail fly ball to shallow centre field. As the ball descended towards the grass, TP centre fielder Cody (11) swooped in like a swan to make a highlight reel diving catch in mid air to rob Nicholas F. of a hit and chalk up the second out.
Down 3-1, TP rallied with conviction for five runs in the bottom of the second to take a 6-3 lead. Following a leadoff single by William, Cooper (3) and Momo (18) garnered back to back walks to load the bases. A wild pitch by the Bombers would allow William to blaze home and cut the deficit to one.
With one out and two ducks on the pond, Joel (12) launched a grace under pressure two RBI triple to the deep dish pizza portion of left field that allowed Cooper and Momo to come homeward and give TP a 4-1 lead. Subsequently, another Bloordale wild pitch allowed Joel to score.
After a walk and stolen base by Jiri (15), Cody delivered a clutch two out RBI single to bring Jiri home.
However, the Bombers replied quickly to the TP salvo in the top half of the third as they took advantage of five walks to score three and deadlock the proceeding 6-6. The Bloordale attack was keyed by a RBI single by Arlo (76) and a pair of bases loaded RBI walks by Nicholas K-R and Cameron (7).
Not to be outdone, TP answered back with four of their own in the bottom of the third frame to retake the lead. After a leadoff triple by Adam (20), William stroked a RBI single to bring Adam home and snap the tie.
Following a walk by Cooper that put two otters on the lake, Ezekiel (19) delivered a one out RBI single to bring William home. Subsequently, as Cooper slid into third with a stolen base, the Bloordale throw to nab him sailed high and away, allowing him to shuffle home with another run.
With two outs and a TP baserunner on third base, the Bombers uncorked a wild pitch. As Ezekiel bolted homeward from third, he was caught in a rundown. Using his guile and quickness, Ezekiel escaped his sticky wicket predicament with Merlin precision as he eluded the clutches of the Bloordale defence and dove homeward with a head first slide to give TP a 10-6 lead.
Refusing to wave the white flag, Bloordale sent twelve batters to the dish in the top portion of the fourth and rallied with six runs to take a 12-10 lead. Feasting upon a buffet offering of six walks and a hit batsman, the Bombers comeback was keyed by a two RBI single by Ryan and a pair of bases loaded RBI walks from Evan and Nicholas K-R.
With grit and determination, TP put two runners on base (Cody and Milo (27) drew a pair of leadoff walks) in the bottom of the fourth in a feverish rally bid. Shaken, but not stirred, Bloordale closer Nicholas K-R (1) would find the groove and induce a pop out and strike out two to seal the deal on the Bombers victory.
The TP Minor Mosquito Selects (1-2) take a break from the EBA Mosquito Select Loop circuit this upcoming weekend when they participate in the Richmond Hill Phoenix Tournament.