TAKING NO PRISONERS, TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS PREVAIL OVER THE WHITE SOX AT CHRISTIE PITS TO EARN ITS ELEVENTH EBA MOSQUITO SELECT LOOP VICTORY
Game Post composed with file from Dora Parks and Paul Ungerman. Collage Photos courtesy of Dora Parks.
Beneath a pristine blanket of warm summer skies, the Toronto Playgrounds Major Mosquito Selects defeated the Martingrove White 24-2 in 3 ½ innings of Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) Mosquito Select Loop action this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 2.
The lopsided proceeding was an entertaining contest between two talented teams. In the end, TP reigned supreme courtesy of some solid pitching and a fifteen hit attack that buried the White Sox.
In the top of the first, Martingrove threatened after Sierra (3) and Noah (11) garnered back to back walks that put two ducks on the pond. However, TP starter William (33) found his mojo and proceeded to strikeout three to leave the White Sox stranded.
Toronto Playgrounds sent a conga line procession of twenty batters to the plate in the bottom half of the first and staked themselves to a 14-0 lead. After stroking a leadoff single, Arlo (15) swiped his way around the horn and came home with the opening run of the game on a Martingrove error.
After Sean (13), Charlie (8) and Julian (20) earned consecutive walks to load the bases, William stroked a two RBI single that allowed Sean and Charlie to come homeward.
TP would execute a brazen double steal with Julian and William advancing respectively to third and second. On the play, the White Sox defence committed a faux pas that allowed William to go to third and brought Julian home with a run.
After Milo (27) was hit by pitch with one out to put two aboard, TP executed another swashbuckling double steal with Milo advancing to second and William zooming homeward to score a run.
Following back to back walks by Charles (11) and Leo (17) that reloaded the bases, Milo motored homeward on a passed ball to tally another run. With runners at third and first, Charles stole home with Jolly Roger aplomb to add the seventh gold doubloon to the TP treasure chest.
After Evan garnered a walk that put two penguins on the inlet, Leo charged homeward on a passed ball to deposit another run into the booty.
Following a walk by Arlo that put two mallards on the lake, Sean stepped into the batter’s box and delivered a majestic three run home run blast into right field.
After Charlie and Julian stroked back to back singles, William drew a walk to load the bases. Rocco (99) followed with a bases loaded RBI walk to bring Charlie home from third with a basket of blueberry and vanilla scones.
With the bases still juiced to the gills, Milo delivered a two RBI single that brought Julian and William home to do the Kwassa kwassa.
Martingrove threatened again in the top portion of the second. After a pair of walks by Chase (9) and Kane (88), Adler (8) was hit by pitch to load the bases.
Shaken, but not stirred, TP reliever Charlie found the groove and mowed down the White Sox with three strikeouts to leave them stranded and in the laundry hamper.
TP would tally another five in the bottom of the second frame to extend their advantage to 19-0. After a leadoff triple by Arlo, Charlie delivered a one out RBI triple to bring him home. Julian followed with a groundout that allowed Charlie to come homeward with another run.
Following a pair of two out singles by William and Rocco that put two capybaras on the diamond, Milo crushed a clutch three run deep dish pizza home run shot to centre field.
Refusing to surrender, Martingrove clawed back with a pair of runs in the top of the third to trim the margin to 19-2. After Travaris (2), Justin (22) and Noah garnered respective walks to load the bases, Victoria (12) delivered a one out RBI single that brought Travaris home with the White Sox first run.
With the bases still loaded, Augustino (26) hit a groundout that allowed Justin to come homeward from third with a run.
Nonplussed, TP reliever Charlie chalked up a strikeout and two groundouts in the third inning to subdue the Martingrove rebellion.
In the bottom of the third, TP tacked on five insurance runs to widen their lead to 24-2. After Charles and Leo led off the inning with back to back walks that put two otters on the pond, Arlo stroked a one out RBI single that advanced Leo to third and brought Charles home.
With TP runners at third and first, Sean delivered a RBI single that moved Arlo to second and allowed Leo to come homeward and do the Hully Gully.
After Charlie drew a walk to load the bases, Julian hit a RBI single that brought Arlo home to do the Hootchy Kootchy.
With the bases still juiced to the max, William followed with a two RBI double that allowed Sean and Charlie to motor home and do the Irish Stepdance.
TP reliever Julian mowed down three White Sox batters with three K’s in the top of the fourth to bring the curtain down on the proceedings.