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IN A NITTY GRITTY AFFAIR, TORONTO PLAYGROUNDS PREVAIL OVER THE CARDINALS IN THEIR 2024 ETOBICOKE BASEBALL ASSOCIATION (EBA) 11U MOSQUITO SELECT LOOP SEASON OPENER AT CHRISTIE PITS

With Captain Crunch ferocity, TP 11U Blue leadoff batter Dylan (8) launches an opening day triple that sparked a four run TP Blue fusillade in the bottom of the first inning. In three prodigious at bats, Dylan went 2 for 2 at the dish [triple, single, walk] with two runs scored and two RBI’s against the Royal York 11U Girls.

Beneath a Cracker Jack blanket of overcast and sunny skies, the Toronto Playgrounds 11U Blue defeated the Royal York 11U Girls 16-9 in a 4 ½ inning 2024 Etobicoke Baseball Association (EBA) 11U Select Loop season opener tonight at Christie Pits Diamond 3.

In the top half of the first frame, the Royal York 11U Girls jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.

After a leadoff walk and stolen base by Mackenzie (12), Erin (8) garnered an one out walk that put two Cardinals on base. Sierra (11) followed with a two RBI double that brought both Mackenzie and Erin home with the opening runs of the game.

Sierra (11) delivers a one out two RBI double that gave the Royal York 11U Girls an early 2-0 advantage in the top half of the first inning.
Cardinals baserunner Erin (8) hustles home to the nest during their two run surge in the first frame.

Subsequently, with two outs, Sierra flexed her Grand Theft aspirations when she made a bold as brass decision to steal third base. As Sierra took flight from second base, TP Blue catcher Dominic (24) made a lightning in a bottle throw to third baseman Julian (26), who tagged Sierra out on a chitty chitty bang bang 2-5 play that ended the Cardinals threat.

In a chitty chitty bang bang sequence with two outs, TP 11U Blue third baseman Julian (26) tags out Royal York 11U Girls baserunner Sierra (11) on a sweet 2-5 putout play that vanquished Sierra’s Grand Theft bid in the first inning.
In a workmanlike effort, TP 11U Blue starter Dylan (8) tallied a strikeout and fly out against the Cardinals in the first frame.

In a ready steady outing on the hill, TP 11U Blue starter Dylan (8) tallied a strikeout and a fly out against Royal York in the first frame.

With lickety-split urgency, TP 11U Blue answered back with four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 4-2 lead.

After a Say Hey! leadoff triple by Dylan, Sydney (9) drew a walk that put two ducks on the pond. Following a one out walk by Ellis (44) that loaded the bases, Cole (23) muscled a RBI hit that brought Dylan home with TP Blue’s first run.

Casey (27) delivers a one out two RBI hit during TP Blue’s four run explosion in the bottom of the first inning.

With the bases still packed tighter than a can of StarKist tuna, Casey (27) delivered a two RBI single that advanced Cole to second base and allowed Sydney and Ellis to motor home with TP Blue’s go ahead runs.

Following a walk by Eli (7) that reloaded the bases, Julian (26) stroked a RBI hit that brought Cole home with another TP Blue run.

Julian (26( caps off TP 11U Blue’s four run first frame with a RBI single.
With true grit, Royal York 11U Girls starter Mackenzie (12) tallied one strikeout versus TP Blue in the first frame.

In a nitty gritty foray on the mound, Royal York 11U Girls starter Mackenzie tallied one strikeout versus TP Blue in the first frame.

Not to be outdone, the pesky Cardinals quickly replied with a four spot in the top of the second inning to retake the upper hand 6-4.

After a leadoff walk by Sloane (6) and a single by Koyuki (10), Vivienne (9) garnered a walk to load the bases. Evelina (15) followed with a two RBI single allowed Sloane and Koyuki to blaze home with the Royal York 11U Girls tying runs.

Evelina (15) connects for a two RBI hit during the Royal York 11U Girls four run rally in the top of the second inning.

Following a walk by Nadia (2) that reloaded the bases, Savanne (88) exercised patience at the plate to earn a RBI walk that brought Vivienne home with the Cardinals go ahead run.

Subsequently, with two outs and the bases still juiced to the gills, Mackenzie garnered a bases loaded RBI walk that allowed Evelina to shuffle home with another Royal York run.

In a stout effort on the mound, TP 11U Blue starter Dylan rang up two strikeouts against the Cardinals in the second frame.

After a team meeting at the midpoint of the second inning, the TP 11U Blue players and coaches reaffirm their commitment to the task at hand with an exuberant TP cheer.

Licking their wounds, TP 11U Blue answered back with four runs in the bottom portion of the second inning to regain the lead 8-4.

Following a leadoff walk by Emile (5), Dominic (24) delivered a scorching RBI double that brought Emile home to roost.

Dominic (24) powers a key RBI double that ignited a four run TP 11U Blue rally in the bottom of the second inning.
As the throw sails over Royal York 11U Girls catcher Sienna (27), Emile (5) hustles home with a run during TP Blue’s four run surge in the second frame.

After back to back walks by Ewan (28) and Owen (14) that loaded the bases, Dylan stroked a two RBI single that allowed Dominic and Ewan to hustle home with TP Blue’s go ahead runs.

Sydney capped off TP Blue’s big second inning with a RBI hit that brought Owen home with another run.

Taking care of business, TP 11U Blue reliever Ellis chalked up a groundout and two electrifying strikeouts in the top of the third inning to keep the Cardinals offence ensconced in the bird bath,

With cold as ice precision, TP 11U Blue reliever Ellis (44) kept the pesky Cardinals off the scoring ledger in the top of the third frame with a groundout and two scorching strikeouts. In a stellar two inning outing, Ellis surrendered no runs while chalking up four K’s against the Royal York 11U Girls.

Going for the jugular, TP 11U Blue added four more runs to their treasure trove in the bottom portion of the third inning as they increased their plurality to 12-6.

After a leadoff single by Wilt (2), Ellis garnered a walk that put two runners on base. Cole followed with a two RBI double that allowed Wilt and Ellis to come home with a pair of runs for TP Blue.

Cole (23) delivers a two RBI double during TP 11U Blue’s four run fusillade in the bottom of the third inning.

With Casey on base after a hit by pitch, Eli drew a walk that loaded the bases. Julian followed with a bases loaded RBI walk that brought Cole home with the peameal bacon.

Subsequently, with one and the bases still loaded to the max, Dominic garnered a bases loaded RBI walk that allowed Casey to shimmy home with another TP Blue run.

In a hardy sojourn on the hill, Royal York 11U reliever Erin tallied one strikeout against the TP 11U Blue in the third frame.

In a dogged effort on the mound, Royal York 11U Girls reliever Erin (8) chalked up one strikeout versus TP 11U Blue in the third frame.

With unbridled resolve, TP 11U Blue reliever Ellis utilized two scintillating strikeouts in the top of the fourth inning to stymie the Royal York 11U Girls.

Ellis was also the recipient of a nice gift from his D during the inning. Following a one out walk, Cardinals baserunner Koyuki completed a successful theft of second base. However, the TP Blue throw to nab her sailed high and into the outfield.

Craving additional pay dirt, Koyuki threw caution to the wind as she made the daring decision to also advance third base on the play. As Koyuki charged towards her goal with a full head of steam, TP Blue centre fielder Dylan retrieved the ball and made a thunderous throw to third baseman Eli, who slapped an emphatic tag on Koyuki to ring up the third out on an exquisite 8-5 defensive gem.

TP 11U Blue third baseman Eli (7) tags out Royal York 11U Girls baserunner Koyuki (10) on a superb 8-5 defensive play in the top of the fourth inning,

Toronto Playgrounds added four insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to secure their lead at 16-6.

Exercising patience at the dish, Ewan, Owen and Dylan garnered respective walks to load the bases. Sydney followed with a bases loaded RBI walk that brought Ewan home with a TP Blue run.

Wilt (2) strokes a RBI hit during TP Blue’s four run outburst in the bottom of the fourth inning.

With opportunity knocking, Wilt stepped into the batter’s box and stroked a RBI hit that allowed Owen to score.

With one out and the bases still loaded down like a premium Chicago styled deep dish pizza, Cole capped off the TP Blue’s bountiful inning with a two RBI double that brought Dylan and Sydney home with two cartons of Baskin-Robbins Baseball Nut ice cream.

For the icing on the cake, Cole (23) caps off TP Blue’s four run fourth frame with a two RBI double. In three at bats, Cole went 3 for 3 at the plate [single, two doubles] with two runs scored and five RBI’s against the Cardinals.
With true grit, Royal York 11U Girls reliever Vivienne (9) chalked up a pop out versus TP 11U Blue in the fourth frame.

In a heavy-duty foray on the mound, Royal York 11U reliever Vivienne chalked up a pop out against TP Blue in the fourth frame.

Trailing 16-6, the Royal York 11U Girls proudly donned their rally caps in the top half of the fifth inning as they made one final bid to change their fate.

After Evelina and Nadia drew back to back walks to open the inning, Savanne garnered a walk to load the bases. Kelly (3) followed and hit into a 1-3 fielder’s choice that advanced Nadia and Savanne respectively to third and second base, and brought Evelina home with a Cardinals run.

With the bases loaded. Kelly (3) muscles home a Royal York run with a 1-3 groundout in the top of the fifth inning.
Mal (29) delivers a grace under pressure two RBI hit ti keep the Cardinals flickering comeback hopes alive in the fifth frame.

Following a walk to Elli (14) that reloaded the bases, Mal (29) delivered a clutch two out RBI hit that allowed Nadia and Savanne to fly homeward with two more Royal York runs that trimmed the shortfall to seven.

Shaken, but not stirred, TP 11U Blue closer Emile found the groove and rang up a groundout and two strikeouts to seal the deal on TP Blue’s season opening victory.

With a dash of relish and a dollop of Dijon mustard, TP 11U Blue closer Emile (5) seals the deal on their EBA 11U Select Loop season opening victory with a groundout and two strikeouts against the Cardinals in the top of the fifth inning.