WITH CAT STRATCH FEVER, THE WOLVERINES CLAW TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS AT CHRISTIE PITS TO TAKE HOME THE EBA 13U SELECT LOOP GAME VICTORY PRIZE
Beneath a warm ceiling of courtly summer skies, the Weston 13U Wolverines defeated the Toronto Playgrounds 13U Blue Selects 17-4 in a four inning Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) 13U Select Loop game tonight at Christie Pits Diamond 2.
Weston jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top half of the first frame.
After Lucas (11) and Dawson (25) garnered back to back walks to lead off the inning, the TP defence flashed the leather on a pair of sweet defensive plays that stymied the Wolverines offensive thrust.
With no outs and Weston runners on third and second base, Will C. (22) reeled in an eight mile high pop up off the bat of Jayden (23) to tally the first out.
Evan (21) followed with a RBI sacrifice fly to centre field that allowed Lucas to motor home from third base and score the opening run of the game with a dramatic head first slide at the dish. On the play, TP centre fielder Dante limited the damage with a nifty catch in the outfield.
With two outs and runner on second, Darius (10) delivered a clutch RBI hit that brought Dawson home with a run.
TP 13U Blue starter Lucas (24) tallied a pop out, fly out and strikeout to pacify the Wolverines outburst in the first inning.
In the bottom of the first, Toronto Playgrounds quickly answered back with a run that sliced the margin to 2-1.
After drawing a two out walk, Charles (11) swiped his way around the horn to third base with Grand Theft savoir faire. Following a pair of walks by Spencer (27) and Youji (13), Charles seized the moment and brazenly stole home to score TP’s first run.
Weston starter Dawson chalked up a strikeout, groundout and flyout in the first inning to curtail the TP insurgency.
With 1-2-3 efficiency, TP 13U Blue starter Lucas rang up a pair of strikeouts and a groundout in the top of the second to keep the Wolverines off the scoring ledger.
Toronto Playgrounds added a two spot in the bottom of the second to take a 3-2 lead.
After back to back walks by Lucas and Will C. to open the inning, Jack (1) drew a walk to load the bases. Ethan (4) followed and hit into a double play that advanced Will C. to third, erased Jack at second, and brought Lucas home with the tying run.
With two outs and a runner in third, Dante delivered a clutch RBI single that allowed Will C. to hustle home with TP’s go ahead run.
Unfazed, Weston reliever JR (24) tallied a double play groundout and a strikeout to quash the TP mutiny.in the third inning.
With determination, the Wolverines sent fifteen eaters…err, batters to the Mandarin Buffet line in the top portion of the third as they feasted on a delightful serving of twelve runs to retake the upper hand 14-3.
Following a one out walk and stolen base by Dawson, Jayden reached base on a TP error that also allowed Dawson to motor homeward with the tying run.
After Evan muscled a double that put runners at third and second, Darius delivered a two RBI double that brought Jayden and Evan home with the Wolverines go ahead runs.
Following a pair of walks by JR and Noah (28) that loaded the bases, Erich (2) powered a two RBI double that allowed Darius and JR to zoom home with two more Weston runs.
After a walk by Alex (22) had reloaded the bases, TP uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Erich and Alex to advance respectively to third and second. and bring Noah home with a run.
Following a walk by Giuliano (13) that loaded the bases again, Lucas garnered a bases loaded RBI walk that allowed Erich to shuffle homeward with a run.
With the bases still packed tighter than a can of premium sardines, Dawson hit into a fielder’s choice erased Giuliano at third, advanced Lucas to second, and brought Alex home with another Weston run.
Following a two out walk by Jayden that loaded the bases again, Evan stepped up to the plate and delivered a grace under pressure grand slam home run shot that gave the Wolverines an eleven run advantage.
With one out and Rome burning, TP reliever Spencer (27) entered the fray from the bullpen to chalk up a groundout and strikeout to diffuse the Weston tsunami in the third frame.
Utilizing a dab of relish and a dollop of guile, Weston reliever JR retired the TP batting order in 1-2-3 fashion (lineout; groundout and strikeout) in the bottom portion of the third to keep TP off the scoresheet.
The Wolverines tacked on three insurance in the top of the fourth to extend their plurality to 17-3.
After JR and Noah led off the inning with a pair of walks that put two ducklings on the pond, Erich stroked a RBI hit that allowed JR to score.
Following a walk by Alex that loaded the bases, Giuliano (13) hit into a fielder’s choice that advanced Erich to third, erased Alex at second, and brought Noah home with a run.
After a walk by Lucas had reloaded the bases, Dawson hit into a fielder’s choice that erased Lucas at second, moved Giuliano to third, and allowed Erich to score another Weston run.
With workmanlike resolve, TP 13U Blue reliever Dante (10) entered the game and tallied three groundouts in the fourth to end the Wolverines insurgency.
Donning their rally caps, Toronto Playgrounds refused to surrender as they continued to battle in the bottom of the fourth.
After a one out walk, Lucas threw caution to the wind as he stole a pair of bases to advance to third base. Will C. followed by hitting into a groundout that brought Lucas home with a run that trimmed the shortfall to 17-4.
Cool as a cucumber, Weston reliever JR chalked up a strikeout and two groundouts in the fourth frame to mollify the TP rally and seal the deal on the Wolverines victory.