SELECT > Annette Top TP Minor Mosquito Selects 8-4


Beneath a blanket of warm and humid skies, the Annette A’s defeated the Toronto Playgrounds Minor Mosquito Selects 8-4 in five innings of Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) Mosquito Select Loop action this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 2.

The spirited proceeding was a fun and well played contest between two talented teams, In the end, the gritty A’s took charge in the latter innings to prevail over a pesky TP team to earn their twelfth regular season victory on the EBA circuit.

Here is a brief recap of the game courtesy of John Zilcosky and Dora Yeoh:

  • On a balmy Sunday evening, the TP Minor Mosquito Selects girded for battle against the EBA Mosquito Select Loop leading Annette A’s, looking to pull off an upset versus the undefeated Athletics.
  • TP surprised the favourites early on by blanking A’s in the first two innings, with TP starter Milo (27) pitching to his trust sidekick Charlie (8), who was catching behind the dish.
  • Milo was throwing bullets in the first two frames that stymied the potent Annette batting order.
  • In the meantime, TP staked themselves to an early 1-0 lead, which they carried into the third.
  • The Athletics struck back with a vengeance in the top half of the third as they took a 3-1 lead. Flexing his Grand Theft chops, Sebastian (0) brazenly stole home to tie the game. Subsequently, with the bases loaded, Owen (7) delivered a one out two RBI single to bring Joseph (21) and Gregory (2) home with the go ahead runs.
  • After Milo reached his pitch count limit at the end of three, TP reliever Cooper (3) entered the fray in the fourth to face the Annette batting order.
  • The A’s bats heated up in the top portion of the fourth as they tallied five to increase their lead to 8-1. , Annette’s big inning was powered by a pair of triples and a key single. With the bases loaded, Nolan (13) launched a three RBI triple to right field that brought Sebastian, Joseph (21) and Gregory home to do the shimmy, shimmy, shake. With one out and a runner on third, Owen stroked a RBI single to plate Nolan. Emmett followed with a RBI triple to centre field that allowed Owen to come homeward with the bacon. .
  • With a five alarm blaze burning, TP reliever Momo was called in from the bullpen to shut things down, but not before the Athletics had built a seven run lead.
  • However, a pesky TP squad refused to fold their tents as they notched three runs in the bottom of the fourth to trim the shortfall to four. The TP rally was sparked by a series of bases loaded RBI walks by Sean (13), Cooper and Momo that brought Adam (20), Jiri (15) and Joel (12) home to crow.
  • TP kept the pressure on Annette by loading the bases. However, TP could not bring them home to roost as they left three ducks on the pond when the curtain came down on the inning. Nevertheless, with the margin trimmed to 8-4, TP had regained its mojo and momentum.
  • After TP reliever Momo retired the A’s batting order quietly in the top of the fifth. TP threatened in the bottom of the frame by getting two runners on base when Cody (11) singled and Jiri drew a walk. However, Annette eventually snuffed out the TP rally bid to seal the deal on their twelfth victory of the season.
  • Annette starter Joseph went one inning, allowing no hits or runs, while striking out one.
  • TP starter Milo allowed three hits and three runs over three innings, while striking out six.
  • TP reliever Cooper pitched one-third of an inning and Momo threw one and two-third innings of relief.
  • William (33) and Cody each collected one hit each to lead the TP hit parade.
  • TP garnered a total of nine stolen bases against Annette, with Adam leading the Grand Theft honours with four stolen bases.
  • The vaunted A’s batting lineup scattered nine hits against TP. Joseph and Owen had multiple hits for Annette. Joseph led the Athletics hit parade with a 3 for 3 effort at the plate.
  • All in all, the TP Minor Mosquito Selects did us proud. They gave Annette, who entered the game undefeated in loop play, a run for their money–showing that the TP boys can go toe-to-toe with the cream of the crop.

The TP Minor Mosquito Selects (2-9) wrap up their 2018 EBA Mosquito Select Loop regular season on Wednesday (August 15) evening when they travel to Smythe Park to battle the York Riverdogs at 6:30 p.m. TP begins its playoff journey at the 2018 EBA Mosquito Select Championship Tournament on Friday (August 17) evening.