THE WOLVERINES CLAW TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS WITH CRAMPON-LIKE PRECISION AT CHRISTIE PITS TO TAKE HOME THE VICTORY PRIZE
Beneath a canopy of warm and blissful skies, the Weston Wolverines defeated the Toronto Playgrounds Minor Mosquito Selects 23-5 in three innings of Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) Select Loop action this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 3.
The lopsided proceeding was an entertaining contest between two talented teams. In the end, the Wolverines made the most of their opportunities during the game to cruise to a dominant victory over TP.
Weston sent a Barry Manilow Copacabana conga line procession of sixteen batters to the plate in the top half of the first inning as they staked themselves to an early 11-0 lead. With one out and a runner on second, Myles (23) executed a brazen steal of third base. As he slid safely into third, the TP throw to nab him sailed down the third baseline, allowing Myles to motor home with the opening run of the game.
After Dawson (89) had garnered a walk and stole second, Avis (86) delivered a RBI double to bring him home.
Subsequently, with two outs and a runner on base at third, Brian (88) stroked a clutch RBI single that allowed Avis to come home to crow.
Following a walk by Damian (20) that put two ducks on the pond, Evan (84) launched a two RBI double that brought Brian and Damian home with the peameal bacon.
With a runner on third, Justin (3) crushed a two run home run blast to give the Wolverines a seven run advantage.
After Erich (87) and Nicholas (32) drew back to back walks that put two runners at second and first, Weston rolled the dice and initiated a double steal. The TP defence committed an error on the Wolverines Grand Theft manoeuvre that would allow both Erich and Nicholas to come homeward and do the shimmy, shimmy, shake.
Nixon (24) stepped into the batter’s box and gracefully delivered a deep dish pizza solo home run shot into centre field.
After Levon (30) reached base on a dropped third strike, Myles was hit by pitch to put two aboard. Matthew (90) followed with a RBI single that advanced Myles to second and brought Levon home with the Oreo Double Stuffed Cookies.
In a gritty foray on the hill, TP starter Sawyer (43) tallied a groundout and a pair of strikeouts in the first frame to subdue the Weston rebellion.
In the bottom of the first, TP answered back with a run to trim the shortfall to ten. After stroking a one out single, Payton (3) swiped his way around the horn to third. Following a walk to Chase (23) that put two ducklings on the pond, Holden (25) hit into a 4-3 groundout that moved Chase to third and brought Payton home with TP’s first run.
Unfazed, Wolverines starter Evan (84) chalked up two pop outs and a groundout in the first inning to end the TP insurgency.
Going for the jugular, the Weston offensive machine kept churning in the top of the second as they sent thirteen batters to the dish and scored seven runs to widen their advantage to 18-1.
Following a leadoff triple, Avis would come homeward on a TP error on the play.
After Tommy (14) drew a walk, Brian reached base on a hit by pitch that put two capybaras on the diamond. Damian followed and was erased on a dropped third strike at first base. On the play, the TP defence committed a major faux pas that allowed both Tommy and Brian to come around the horn and score.
With one out, Evan and Justin garnered back to back walks that put two aboard. Another TP error would allow both Evan and Justin to come home with the Reese’s Peanut Buttercups.
After Erich walked and Nicholas hit a single, Levon drew a two out walk that loaded the bases. Myles followed with a bases loaded RBI walk that brought Erich home.
With the bases still juiced to the gills, Matthew delivered a grace under pressure RBI single to bring Nicholas home.
In a workmanlike effort, TP reliever Hudson (18) struck out three in the second inning to extinguish the Weston uprising.
Refusing to go quietly into the night, TP replied with a pair in the bottom portion of the second to close the gap to 18-3. After Oliver (35) and Henry K. (13) garnered back to back walks to open the inning, Henry B. (14) drew a walk to load the bases. Mike (9) followed with a bases loaded RBI walk that brought Oliver home.
With the bases still juiced to the gills, Julian (77) garnered a bases loaded walk that allowed Henry K. to waddle home with a run.
Entering the fray from the bullpen, Wolverines reliever Myles tallied a pair of groundouts and a strikeout to snuff out the TP rally bid.
Weston added five insurance runs to their tally in the top of the third to increase their lead to 25-3. With two outs and the bases loaded, Justin drew a RBI walk to plate Brian.
With the bases still juiced to the max, Erich delivered a two RBI double that advanced Justin to third and brought Damian and Evan home with the Delissio Pizza.
Subsequently, the Wolverines added another pair when Justin came home to roost on a wild pitch and Damian zoomed home on a dropped third strike.
Donning their rally caps, Toronto Playgrounds continued to battle in the bottom of the third as they scored a pair to cut the deficit to eighteen. After Holden, Alex (65) and Ben (15) drew consecutive walks to load the bases, Oliver earned a RBI walk that brought Holden home from third. A subsequent Weston faux pas allowed Alex to come home with a run.
Shaken, but not stirred, Wolverines reliever Nicholas found the mojo to ring up a groundout, pop out and a strikeout to seal the deal on the Weston victory.
The TP Minor Mosquito Selects (2-4) take a break from the EBA Mosquito Select circuit this upcoming weekend when they partake in the Dorchester Summer Slam Tournament. TP resumes EBA Select play on Sunday, June 23 at Christie Pits Diamond 2 when they host the Annette Red at 6:00 p.m.