THE BOMBERS PULL AWAY IN THE FINAL FRAME TO PREVAIL OVER TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS IN A NITTY GRITTY EBA SELECT LOOP CONTEST AT CHRISTIE PITS
Beneath a greyish ceiling of cloudy skies, the Bloordale Bombers defeated the Toronto Playgrounds 13U Red Selects 14-5 in four innings of Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) Select Loop action tonight at Christie Pits Diamond 2.
The proceeding was an entertaining nitty gritty affair by two talented teams who were playing their first game of the 2021 EBA Select regular season. In the end, the Bombers made the most of their opportunities as they took advantage of a Mandarin Buffet serving of eighteen walks and four key hits to prevail over TP.
Exercising patience at the dish, Bloordale sent ten batters to the plate in the top half of the first inning as they jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. Following respective walks by Mateo (16), Augustino (26) and Tommy (34) that loaded the bases, Brandon (14) drew a one out RBI walk to bring Mateo home from third base with the opening run of the game.
With two outs and the bases still juiced to the gills, Adam (17), Dimitri (44) and Colin (18) garnered consecutive RBI walks that allowed Augustino, Tommy and Brandon to come homeward and widen the Bombers advantage.
Shaken, but not stirred, TP starter Ruben (19) struck out three in the first frame to quell the Bloordale insurgency.
Toronto Playgrounds threatened in the bottom portion of the first after Will (5) drew a leadoff walk and Finn (11) singled to put two runners on base. However, wily Bloordale starter Brandon (14) found the groove and escaped the inning unscathed with a strikeout, lineout and groundout that kept TP off the scoring ledger.
In the top of the second, the Bombers added a pair to their tally to stretch their lead to 6-0. After William (65) and Mateo opened the inning with back to back walks that put two ducks on the pond, Khye (11) delivered a RBI double that brought William home. With no outs and runners at third and first, Augustino followed with a RBI single that allowed Mateo to zip homeward with another Bloordale run.
With Rome burning, TP reliever Will (5) entered the fray from the bullpen in the second frame to subdue the Bombers uprising with a strikeout and a highlight reel double play. With one out and the bases loaded, Will snagged a smokin’ hot tamale line drive off the bat of Owen (10) to record the second out. Noticing that the Bloordale baserunner had strayed afar from first, Will adroitly made a lightning throw over to first baseman Charlie (36) to complete the tour de force 1-3 double play.
Refusing to surrender, TP answered back with two runs in the bottom half of the second to trim the deficit to 6-2. After drawing a leadoff walk, Thomas (28) utilized his Grand Theft speed to swipe his way to third base with a pair of brazen steals. Spencer (27) followed with a RBI hit that brought Thomas home with TP’s first run of the game.
Following a pair of walks by Lucas (24) and Darcy (21) that loaded the bases, Ruben worked the count in his favour to draw a RBI walk that brought Spencer homeward with another run.
With no outs and TP threatening, Bloordale reliever William (65) came into the game to chalk up a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to extinguish the TP rebellion and leave the bases loaded.
The Bombers answered back with a run in the top of third to widen their lead to 7-2. After a leadoff single by Adam, Colin garnered a one out walk that put two aboard. With one out and Bloordale runners on third and second, Adrian (13) would reach base on a TP defensive error that allowed Colin to advance to third and brought Adam homeward with a run.
Nonplussed, TP reliever Will tallied a strikeout and two groundouts in the third inning to pacify the Bombers insurgency.
In the bottom vector of the third, Toronto Playgrounds continued to battle as they rallied with a pair in dramatic fashion to slice and dice the shortfall to three. Following a leadoff walk by Tristan (65), Jesse (77) stepped into the batter’s box and crushed a Wooly Mammoth two run inside the park home run blast to the deep dish pizza nether regions of centre field to trail 7-4.
Unruffled, Bloordale reliever Tommy (34) retired the next three batters with a pair of strikeouts and a pop out to end the TP uprising.
Bloordale feasted on a scrumptious Dim Sum serving of seven walks in the top half of the fourth to score seven insurance runs and pull away to a 14-4 lead. TP reliever Thomas (28) tallied two strikeouts and a groundout in the inning to terminate the Bombers fusillade.
Donning their rally caps, TP gamely struck back with a run in the bottom of the fourth to trim the margin to 14-5. After Lucas reached base on a hit by pitch to open the inning, Darcy followed with a walk that put two otters on the pond. With two outs and runners at third and first, Will stroked a RBI single that delivered Lucas home.
Digging deep into his reserve tank, Bloordale reliever Tommy would eventually strike out three in the fourth frame to leave the bases loaded and seal the deal on the Bombers victory.