DOWN 8-6, TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS STAGES A DRAMATIC RALLY IN THE FINAL INNING TO USURP THE BOMBERS AND EARN THEIR FIFTH EBA PEEWEE SELECT LOOP VICTORY OF THE SEASON
Beneath a cool ceiling of overcast skies, the Toronto Playgrounds Major Peewee Selects edged the Bloordale Bombers 9-8 in four riveting innings of Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) Peewee Select Loop action tonight at Christie Pits Diamond 2.
Trailing 8-6, TP donned their rally caps in the bottom portion of the fourth. After Jakub (11) and Shael (5) garnered back to back walks to begin the inning, Zach (24) drew a walk to load the bases. Joshua (42) followed with a bases loaded RBI walk that brought Jakub home with a run that trimmed the gap to one.
With the bases still loaded, Aaron (7) stroked a RBI single that allowed Shael to motor home with the tying run.
Subsequently, with two outs and the bases still juiced to the gills, Will (21) delivered a clutch RBI single that brought Joshua home with the winning run.
The tooth and nail proceeding between two talented teams was an entertaining and well played contest that saw four lead changes.
In the top of the first, Bloordale staked itself to an early 2-0 advantage. After garnering a one out walk, Paul (11) stole his way around the horn to reach third base. With two outs, Nicholas (34) delivered a grace under pressure RBI double that brought Paul home with the opening run of the game.
Subsequently, with a runner at third, Kiran (27) connected for a RBI double that allowed Nicholas to come home to roost.
Nonplussed, TP starter Lucas (19) rang up three strikeouts in the first frame to quell the Bombers insurgency.
In response to Bloordale’s opening salvo, TP answered back with a run in the bottom of the first to close the gap to one. After a two out double by Jakub, Shael and Zach earned back to back walks to load the bases. Joshua followed with a bases loaded RBI walk which brought Jakub home with TP’s first run.
Unperturbed, Bombers starter Bennett (81) tallied a fly out and a pair of strikeouts in the first to subdue the TP uprising.
Feasting upon a scrumptious Mandarin Buffet serving of four woks…err, walks, Bloordale quickly replied with a run in the top of the second to extend its lead to 3-1. After Cole (3) drew a leadoff walk, Francisco (7) and Spiros (10) garnered back to back walks to load the bases. Ben (6) followed with a bases loaded RBI walk that brought Cole home to roost.
With the Bombers poised to blow the game wide open, the TP coaching staff made a Rolaid’s flavoured cellphone call to the bullpen for reliever Zach. Entering the fray with no outs and the bases loaded, Zach proceeded to mow down the heart of the Bloordale batting order with three strikeouts to leave them stranded.
With the wind in their sails, TP struck back with three in the bottom portion of the second to take a 4-3 lead. Following back to back walks by Lucas and Simon S.J. (3) to begin the inning, Will delivered a RBI single that brought Lucas home and make it a one run game.
With runners at third and first, Julia (18) hit into a 1-3 groundout that advanced Will to second base and brought Simon S.J. home with the tying run.
Subsequently, with two outs and a runner at third, Jakub delivered a clutch RBI single that brought Will home with the go ahead run.
With Rome burning, Bombers reliever Jacob (2) entered the fray and tallied a 6-3 groundout to extinguish the TP insurrection.
In posthaste fashion, Bloordale answered back with five runs in the top of the third to retake the lead 8-4. After getting hit by pitch to open the inning, Kiran stole his way to third and came home with the tying run on a TP error.
After a walk by Clarke (20) and a single by Jacob, Cole drew a walk to load the bases. Francisco followed with a bases loaded RBI walk to bring Clarke home. With one out and the bases juiced to the max, Ben garnered a bases loaded walk to plate Jacob.
With the bases still loaded, Paul hit into a fielder’s choice that erased Francisco at third, advanced Ben to second, and brought Cole home with a run. Ben and Paul would subsequently execute a double steal. On the play, a TP faux pas allowed Paul to take third and bring Ben home with the peameal bacon.
In a workmanlike effort, TP reliever Zach recorded a fly out and a pair of groundouts in the third inning to extinguish the Bombers insurgency.
Refusing to go quietly into the night, TP replied with a pair in the bottom of the third to trim the margin to 8-6. After Joshua reached base on a Bloordale error to begin the inning, Lucas earned a one out walk that put two mallards on the lake. A subsequent error by the Bombers defence allowed Lucas to advance to second and brought Joshua home with a run.
Following a walk by Simon S.J. that put two capybaras on the diamond, Julia delivered a clutch two out RBI single to bring Lucas home.
Shaken, but not stirred, Bloordale reliever Jacob found his mojo and struck out three in the third frame to quell the TP mutiny.
With 1-2-3 efficiency, TP reliever Jakub struck out three in the top of the fourth to keep the Bombers in the airplane hangar.
And it was at this juncture in the proceedings where TP came up to bat in the bottom portion of the fourth inning and came face to face with their rendezvous with destiny.
The TP Major Peewee Selects (5-1) take a well deserved break away from the EBA Peewee Select Loop circuit next week with a bye week. The TP Majors resumes EBA Select play on Sunday, June 23 when they face the TP Minor Peewee Selects (0-4) at Christie Pits Diamond 2 in a makeup game at 12:00 noon.