IN AN ALL TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS FAMILY AFFAIR, THE 13U BLUE TRIUMPH OVER 13U RED FOR THEIR THIRD VICTORY OF THE 2023 EBA 13U SELECT SEASON
Beneath a cool duvet of sunny and cloudy skies, the Toronto Playgrounds 13U Blue Selects defeated the Toronto Playgrounds 13U Red Selects 16-2 in a five inning Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) 13U Select Loop game tonight at Christie Pits Diamond 2.
In the top half of the first, TP 13U Red starter Jackson (22) quickly dispatched the TP 13U Blue batting order with a pair of groundouts and a strikeout.
Utilizing two big plays defensive plays, TP 13U Blue starter Will (22) retired the TP 13U Red in 1-2-3 fashion in the bottom portion of the first inning.
Following a leadoff single and stolen base by Billy (24), Jackson slashed a bullet to left field. As Billy made the turn for home at third base, TP 13U Red left fielder Jack (1) retrieved the ball and made a lightning throw to TP 13U Red catcher Dante (10), who tagged out Billy to ring up the first out on a sweet 7-2 putout play.
TP 13U Blue would turn a sweet double play to bring the curtain down on the inning. With one out and a runner on second, Brayden (9) hit a screaming line drive up the middle. However, Will snagged the hot tamale in his trusty mitt to tally the second out. Noticing that Jackson had wandered afar from second base on the play, Will made a quick throw to TP 13U Red shortstop Nathan K. (2), who stepped on the bag for the third out.
TP 13U Blue threatened in the top of second after Andrew (17) and Christian (11) led off the inning with back to back walks that put two ducks on the pond.
With runners on second and first, the TP 13U Blue attempted a brazen double steal. As TP 13U Blue baserunner Andrew neared third base, TP 13U Red catcher Billy made a rocket throw to TP 13U Red third baseman Jackson, who tagged out a sliding Andrew before he reached the base on a nifty 2-5 defensive play for the first out.
With true grit, TP 13U Red reliever Brayden tallied a groundout and a strikeout to end the TP 13U Blue threat in the second frame.
After surrendering a leadoff walk to Brady (7) in the bottom of the second, TP 13U Blue starter Will buckled down and chalked up a pair of strikeouts and a groundout that kept the TP 13U Red off the scoreboard.
Taking no prisoners, the TP 13U Blue exploded for a seven run tsunami in the top portion of the third that gave them a 7-0 lead.
After a leadoff double, Ellis (88) completed a bold theft of third base, As Noah was erased on a 2-3 dropped third strike for the first out, Ellis took advantage of the opportunity to blaze homeward and score the first run of the game with a derring-do head first slide into home plate that just beat the tag attempt of TP 13U Red catcher Calvin (11).
With one out, Emeric (34) stepped into the batter’s box and cranked a deep dish pizza solo inside the park home run blast to the nether regions of the outfield that gave the TP 13U Blue a 2-0 advantage.
Following a single and stolen base by Louis (27), Varun (24) stroked a RBI hit that brought Louis home with a run.
After a theft of second by Varun, Will delivered a RBI double that allowed Varun to motor home with TP 13U Blue’s fourth run.
Following a walk by Dante that put runners on third and first, Jack connected for a RBI single that advanced Dante to third and brought Will home with another TP 13U Blue run.
With runners on third and second, Nathan H. (18) reached base on a dropped third strike that allowed Dante to motor home with TP 13U Blue’s sixth run.
After Peter (23) drew a walk that loaded the bases, Andrew muscled a RBI hit that brought Jack home with a run that gave them a seven run plurality.
In a nitty gritty effort on the hill, TP 13U Red reliever Harrison (42) rang up two strikeouts and a 1-3 putout on a wayfaring baserunner to terminate the TP 13U Blue uprising in the third inning.
Taking umbrage at their situation, the TP 13U Red loaded the bases in the bottom of the third inning courtesy of a series of walks by Liam (28), Harrison and Calvin.
However, wily TP 13U Blue starter Will extricated himself out of the Mojo Jojo jam via a groundout, strikeout and a lineout that kept TP 13U Red off the scoring ledger in the third frame.
Will was helped out immeasurably by his friends with three defensive plays during the inning. After a pretty 6-3 putout for the first out, TP 13U Blue left fielder Jack made an all star catch on a deep fly ball off the bat of TP 13U Red batter Rami (29) for the second out.
For the pièce de résistance, TP 13U Blue first baseman Nathan K. reeled in a scorching line drive off the bat of TP 13U Red batter Billy for the third out that left the bases loaded.
Going for the jugular, TP 13U Blue added nine more runs to their treasure trove in the top portion of the fifth to widen their lead to 16-0.
Following a pair of singles by Ethan (4) and Nathan K. to open the inning, Ellis garnered a walk to load the bases. Noah followed with a bases loaded RBI walk that brought Ethan home with a run.
With the bases packed tighter than a can of sardines, Emeric delivered a two RBI single that allowed Natham K. and Ellis to hustle home with a pair of runs. A TP 13U Red error on the play brought Noah home with another TP 13U Blue run.
After Louis drew a walk that put runners at second and first, Varun muscled a RBI double that allowed Emeric to come homeward with the TP 13U Blue’s twelfth run.
With two mallards on the lake, Will powered a two RBI single that brought Louis and Varun home with two more runs.
After a single by Dante that put two aboard, Jack drew a walk to load the bases. With one out, Peter garnered a bases loaded RBI walk that allowed that brought Will home with another TP 13U Blue run.
With the bases still juiced to the gills, Andrew hit a 1-3 grounder that allowed Dante to blaze home with TP Blue’s sixteenth run.
Entering the fray from the bullpen, TP 13U Red reliever Jack (16) chalked up a strikeout and two groundouts to extinguish the TP 13U Blue insurrection in the fourth frame.
Refusing to go quietly into the night, TP 13U Red continued to battle in the bottom half of the fourth. After a leadoff hit by Jackson, Brayden singled to put two TP Red runners on base.
With no proclivity to pussyfoot around the bush, TP 13U Blue reliever Emeric found the groove and rang up a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to snuff out the TP 13U Red rally bid in the fourth inning.
The TP 13U Blue threatened again in the top of the fifth after Ethan led off the inning with a walk.
However, TP 13U Red reliever Jack held his ground by doling out two strikeouts and a groundout that kept TP Blue off the scoreboard in the fifth frame.
Donning their rally caps, TP 13U Red refused to concede an inch as they fought back with a pair in the bottom half of the fifth to break the goose egg and close the margin to 16-2.
After Tristan (19) reached base on a hit by pitch, Liam drew a one out walk that put two runners on base. With runners on third and first, Harrison hit a groundout that allowed Liam to advance to second and brought Tristan home with a run.
Rami followed with a clutch two out double that brought Liam home with another TP 13U Red run.
TP 13U Blue reliever Emeric rang up two groundouts and a strikeout in the bottom of the fifth to snuff out the TP 13U Red comeback bid and seal the deal on a dominating victory.