TAKING FLIGHT, THE O’s PREVAIL OVER THE RAYS AT CHRISTIE PITS TO TAKE HOME THE CHAMPIONSHIP PRIZE
Beneath a sweet canopy of warm and sunny September skies, the Orioles defeated the Rays 8-2 in a five inning affair this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 3 to win the 2018 Toronto Playgrounds House League Baseball Mosquito Division Championship Game.
The proceeding was an entertaining and well played contest between two talented and well coached teams. In the end, the O’s used an elixir of solid pitching, strong defence, and a taking tiger mountain by strategy offensive approach to prevail over the Rays.
In the top portion of the first, the Orioles staked themselves to an early 4-0 lead. After a one out walk by Ethan (8), Milo (5) and Robbie (12) garnered back to back walks to load the bases. Antonio (3) followed with a clutch two out RBI single to bring Ethan home with the first run of the game. A Rays error on the play allowed Milo to hustle home with another run.
With two ducklings on the pond, Mateo (14) delivered a RBI single to bring Robbie home with the bacon. A Rays faux pas on the play allowed Antonio to come homeward to crow.
In a spirited foray on the hill, Rays starter Julia (6) tallied a pair of groundouts in the first frame.
Nonplussed by the O’s opening salvo, the Rays quickly answered back with a pair in the bottom of the first to trim the margin to 4-2. After a leadoff walk and stolen base by Lauren (2), Julia delivered a RBI double to bring Lauren home with the Rays first run.
Following a steal of third by Julia, Liam (9) stroked a RBI single that brought Julia home to roost.
Shaken, but not stirred, Orioles starter Dylan (2) struck out two in the first to squelch the Rays uprising.
During the inning, Dylan was also the beneficiary of a sweet defensive play from his friends. With one out and baserunners at second and first, the Rays decided to execute a brazen double steal. However, Orioles catcher Robbie made a laser throw to third baseman Milo, who slapped the tag on a sliding Liam to ring up the 2-5 putout.
Not to be outdone, the O’s replied with a run in the top of the second to extend their lead to 5-2. After hustling down the first baseline for a one out single, Vaughan (7) shimmied over to second base courtesy of a Rays error on the play. Jacob (10) followed with single that advanced Vaughn to third. A Rays faux pas on the play allowed Jacob to shuffle to second and brought Vaughan home with a run.
Unfazed, Rays reliever Liam (9) rang up three strikeouts in the second frame to end the Orioles insurgency.
With 1-2-3 aplomb, Orioles starter Dylan found the groove in the bottom half of the second as he chalked up a pair of groundouts and a strikeout to keep the Rays off the scoring ledger and in the aquarium.
The O’s added another three to their tally in the top of the third to stretch their advantage to 8-2. After drawing a leadoff walk, Ethan utilized his Grand Theft mojo to steal his way around the horn to third base and come home with a run on a Rays error.
With one out, Milo drew a walk and Robbie was hit by pitch to put two swans on the lake. Subsequently, with runners at third and second, Antonio delivered a groundout that allowed both Milo and Robbie to come homeward and do the shimmy, shimmy, shake.
Rays reliever Liam would tally two strikeouts and a groundout in the third to extinguish the Orioles rebellion.
Orioles reliever Robbie (12) would chalk up a pair of strikeouts and a groundout in the bottom portion of the third to keep the Rays off the scoresheet and in the fish tank.
In the top of the fourth, Rays reliever Daniel (11) retired the O’s with 1-2-3 flair on three strikeouts to keep the Orioles off the scoring abacus and in the nest.
The O’s returned the favour in the bottom of the fourth when Orioles reliever Milo (5) mowed down the Rays batting order in 1-2-3 fashion with three searing hot tamale strikeouts to keep them off the scoreboard.
Rays reliever Daniel tallied a strikeout, pop out and a groundout in the top of the fifth to keep the Orioles in the bird cage and off the scoresheet.
Taking no prisoners, O’s reliever Milo dished out three consecutive K’s in the bottom of the fifth, while steering an orange coloured Columbia 42-inch 547cc Engine Lawn Tractor, to seal the deal on the Orioles championship win.