SELECT > TP 11U Selects Tie Bloordale 9-9


IN A TOOTH AND NAIL EBA 11U SELECT LOOP BATTLE, TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS ERASE A FIVE RUN DEFICIT TO EARN A DRAW WITH THE BOMBERS AT CHRISTIE PITS

After an aggressive two out steal of second base, Ellis (44) took advantage of a Bloordale error on the play to hustle home and score a dramatic tying run in the bottom of the fifth inning that deadlocked the proceedings at 9-9 during an EBA 11U Select Loop game at Christie Pits Diamond 2.

Beneath a pristine ceiling of serene Victoria Day long weekend skies, the Toronto Playgrounds 11U Selects and Bloordale 11U Bombers played to a 9-9 tie in six riveting innings of Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) 11U Select action tonight at Christie Pits Diamond 2.

Trailing 9-8 in the bottom half of the fifth frame, Ellis (44) stroked a grace under pressure two out single that kept TP’s hopes alive. After a shiver me timbers theft of second base, Ellis took advantage of a Bloordale error on the play as he hustled home and scored a dramatic tying run that deadlocked the affair at 9-9.

Nonplussed, Bloordale reliever Marcus B. (30) rang up two strikeouts and a pop out in the fifth inning to end the TP mutiny.

In the top portion of the sixth, TP 11U Select closer Ellis retired the potent Bombers batting order in 1-2-3 fashion with a pair of sizzling strikeouts and a sweet defensive play from third baseman Julian (6), who snagged a hot tamale line drive off the bat of Huck (21) to tally the second out.

In a stellar effort, TP 11U reliever Ellis (44) stymied Bloordale over two scoreless innings while chalking up three strikeouts.
With a derring-do one out theft of second base, TP 11U Select baserunner Tristan (3) put himself into scoring position with the potential go ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Toronto Playgrounds threatened to take home the marbles in the bottom of the sixth frame. After a deft one out steal by Tristan (3), Cole (23) drew a walk that put two ducks on the pond.

With the game on the line, Bloordale reliever Marcus B. rang up two strikeouts to vanquish the TP threat and preserve the tie.

Bloordale reliever Marcus B. (30) threw two solid innings against TP while ringing up four K’s.

Bloordale staked itself to an early 2-0 advantage in the top half of the first inning. Following a one out walk by Anthony (37), Marcus B. was hit by pitch, putting two Bombers on base.

After Bloordale executed a double steal that put runners at third and second, TP uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Marcus B. to advance to third and brought Anthony home with the opening run of the proceedings.

Taking advantage of a wild pitch, Anthony (37) slides home with the Bombers first run in the top half of the first.
DIG DUG > Benjamin (3) digs deep into the batter’s box to deliver a clutch two out RBI double for Bloordale in the first frame.
HANGING ON A TELEPHONE > After hitting a RBI double, Bloordale baserunner Benjamin (3) hangs onto the base for dear life after eluding the tag attempt of TP 11U Select third baseman Julian (6) to complete a successful chinny chin chin steal of third in the top of the first inning.

With two outs and a runner on third. Benjamin (3) dug deep into the box and delivered a clutch RBI double that allowed Marcus B. to come home to roost.

Unfazed, TP 11U Select starter Marcus (68) chalked up a groundout and two strikeouts in the the first frame to end the Bombers attack.

Wheeelin’ and dealin’. TP 11U Select starter Marcus (68) tallied a groundout and two strikeouts to end the Bombers insurgency in the first inning.

Answering the clarion call, the TP 11U Selects responded with a four spot in the bottom portion of the first to take a 4-2 lead.

With one out, TP exercised patience at the dish as Ellis, Marcus and Chris (7) garnered a trifecta of walks to load the bases. Tristan followed with a two RBI single that advanced Chris to third and brought Ellis and Marcus home with the tying runs.

After a walk by Henry (27) that reloaded the bases, Cole (23) stroked a RBI hit that allowed Chris to come home with a run that gave TP a 3-2 lead.

With one out and the bases loaded, Cole (23) muscles a RBI single to bring home TP’s go ahead run in the bottom half of the first.
Pouncing a wild pitch by the Bombers, TP baserunner Tristan (3) comes home to roost with TP’s fourth run in the first inning.

Subsequently, with two outs and the bases still juiced to the gills, Bloordale uncorked a wild pitch that gave Tristan an opportunity to motor home with another TP run.

In a nitty gritty foray on the hill, Bloordale starter Liam (12) chalked up two strikeouts against TP in the first inning.

In a nitty gritty effort, Bloordale starter Liam (12) struck out two TP batters in the first inning.

Not to be outdone, Bloordale replied in lickety-split fashion with a pair of runs in the top of the second frame to knot the game at 4-4.

After a one out walk by Packer (2), Sofia (19) followed suit with a walk that put two Bombers on the dance floor. Subsequently, with runners on third and second, Packer seized his opportunity to steal home with brazen aplomb and trim the gap to one.

Down 4-2, Packer (2) hustles home with a brazen theft of home that allowed Bloordale to close the gap to one in the top of the second inning.

Later, with two outs and the bases loaded, Christian (24) drew a RBI bases loaded walk that allowed Liam (12) to shimmy home with Bloordale’s tying run.

TP 11U Select reliever Cole chalked up a pair of groundouts and a strikeout in the second frame to subdue the Bombers uprising.

TP 11U Select reliever Cole (23) diffused the Bloordale coup d’├ętat in the top of the second with two groundouts and a strikeout.

Taking care of business, Bloordale reliever Anthony retired Toronto Playgrounds in 1-2-3 fashion with three red-hot strikeouts that kept TP off the scoring ledger in the bottom portion of the second frame.

Refusing to pussyfoot around, Bloordale reliever Anthony (37) retired the TP batting order with 1-2-3 authority in the bottom of the second with three fiery K’s.

In the top half of the third, Bloordale scored a run that gave them a 5-4 upper hand.

After a leadoff single by Anthony, Marcus B. and Christopher (25) garnered back to back walks that loaded the bases. With two outs, Alexander (11) drew a bases loaded RBI walk that brought Anthony home with the Bombers go ahead run.

With Cool Hand Luke resolve, TP 11U Select reliever Julian (6) rang up three blistering strikeouts that terminated the Bombers rebellion in the third frame.

With ice in his veins, TP 11U Select reliever Julian (6) doled out three parching strikeouts that extinguished Bloordale’s mutiny in the top of the third inning.
With 1-2-3 Black Jack precision, Bloordale reliever Benjamin (3) served up three withering strikeouts in the bottom of the third frame that kept TP off the basepaths.

Responding in kind, Bloordale reliever Benjamin (3) mowed down TP with three searing strikeouts in the bottom of the third that kept them off the scoreboard and in the BBQ pit.

Taking the bull by the horns, Bloordale exploded for four runs in the top of the fourth to extend their plurality to 9-4.

SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL > Bloordale baserunner Sofia (19) shook up the TP defence with a pair of pugnacious steals in the top of the fourth inning.

Following back to back walks by Sofia and Liam to open the inning, Reid (1) was hit by pitch to load the bases. After Marcus S. (18) hit into a fielder’s choice that erased Sofia at home plate, Christian (24) delivered a scorching one out three RBI double that cleared the bases.

With a runner on second, Shawn (99) followed with a RBI double that allowed Christian to motor home with the Bombers ninth run.

With his eye on the prize, Christian (24) delivers a one out three RBI double during the Bombers four run uprising in the top of the fourth frame.

Refusing to go quietly into the night, Toronto Playgrounds rallied back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth that sliced the shortfall to 9-8.

Following a one out single and stolen base by Chris, Tristan drove Chris home with a torrid RBI double.

1-2 CRUSH ON YOU > Trailing 9-4, Tristan (3) delivers a torrid one out double that sparked TP’s four run rally in the bottom of the fourth frame.

With the wind in their sails, Henry (27) followed with RBI hit that allowed Tristan to hustle home and trim the gap to three.

After a two out walk by Dominic (15) that put two mallards on the lake, Adam (11) delivered a clutch RBI single that brought Henry home with another TP run.

Following a walk by Julian that loaded the bases, Nate (35) garnered a RBI bases loaded walk that allowed Dominic to waltz home and make it a one run game.

Henry (27) delivers a RBI single during TP’s four run rally in the fourth.
Adam (11) strokes a RBI hit during TP’s four run surge in the fourth inning.

In the top portion of the fifth, TP 11U reliever Ellis entered the fray to quickly retire Bloordale’s first two batters with a strikeout and a groundout.

With two outs, the Bombers threatened to extend their lead after Christopher (25) drew a walk and stole second base.

Determined to ratchet up the pressure on the Toronto Playgrounds defence, Christopher made a bold as brass move to steal third. However, TP 11U Select catcher Nate made a lightning throw to third baseman Chris, who slapped an emphatic tag on Christopher to thwart his Grand Theft dreams and chalk up a sweet 2-5 gem to ring up the third out.

After taking the throw from his catcher [Nate (35)], TP 11U Select third baseman Chris (7) tags out Bloordale baserunner Christopher (25) in a dramatic chitty bang bang 2-5 putout that brought down the curtain on the Bombers attack in the top of the fifth inning.

And it was at this juncture in the proceedings where TP entered the bottom of the fifth frame and Ellis came face to face with his moment with destiny.

EXTRA INNINGS

Photos from the EBA 11U Select Loop Game between the Toronto Playgrounds 11U Selects and the Bloordale 11U Bombers on Sunday, May 21, 2023 at Christie Pits Diamond 2.