The Intercounty’s signing deadline came to pass at Midnight and as always there was a flurry of activity.
Relatively quiet week in Tier 3 provides little change in the power rankings.
The Lumberjacks and Sharks continue to power their way to the top of the standings and the power rankings. In a tier that’s normally decided by pitching, both teams are showing that offense can win you ball games if you put up over 9 runs per game. The Lumberjacks continued to roll this week with wins on back to back nights vs the Red Sox and Capitals. The Mavericks slipped up a bit by going 2 and 2 but managed to bookend two ugly losses with big wins vs the Acadiens and Capitals.
Teams will continue to jockey for position until the end of the season as only 2 points separate the top 3 teams while the final 4 playoff spots have 5 teams all within 3 points of one another. The Rockets have a compressed schedule coming up in July with 2 tough sets of games where they play 4 games in 8 nights and then 3 games in 4 nights. Continue reading
HAMILTON – Jonathan Solazzo clearly still feels at home at Bernie Arbour Stadium as every time his Maple Leafs play in his old stomping grounds he has another monster night at the plate.
Friday night was no exception as Solazzo went 4 for 5 including a pair of doubles, a solo home and drove in three runs as the Maple Leafs downed the Hamilton Cardinals 13-3.
The Leafs scored single runs in each of the first two innings before plating eight runs in the top of the third inning to give their starting pitcher Justin Cicatello all the run support he would need.
Damon Topolie added three hits and had two RBIs while Sean Mattson had three hits as the Maple Leafs pounded out 18 hits on the night.
Cicatello (3-1) pitched five innings allowing a run (earned) on a pair of hits, he walked one and struck out six.
Mike Wagner pitched the final four innings in his IBL debut for the Leafs allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits and he tallied three strikeouts.
Chris Lazar (1-3) took the loss for the Cardinals he allowed nine runs (seven earned), 12 hits, and had a strikeout in just two and two thirds of an inning pitched.
The Leafs (9-9) and Cardinals (6-15) close out this home and home series Sunday afternoon at Dominico Field at Christie Pits game time is 2:00 p.m.
BURLINGTON – They might be playing the theme song from the Jefferson’s television show in the Burlington Bandits locker room at Nelson Stadium after the Bandits downed the Guelph Royals 6-4 Thursday night to move on up and out of the cellar in the Intercounty Baseball League.
The Royals broke open the scoreless tie in the top of the 7th inning on a two run homer by Aaron Loder.
The Bandits plated six runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead at 6-2 capped off by a two run homer by Jim Martin. Canice Ejoh drove into two runs for the Bandits with a single in the frame.
Pat Coughlin added his third home run of the season, a two run shot to close the gap to 6-4 in the top of the ninth but that was as close as the Royals would get.
Alberto Rodriguez took the loss for the Royals he pitched seven and a third of an inning allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits, he surrendered a walk and finished with 10 strikeouts. Ben Reid gave up the two run home run to Martin in relief.
Ryan Beckett pitched a complete game for the Bandits allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits. He issued one walk and had five strikeouts.
Burlington moved to 5-13 on the year while Guelph dropped their eighth in a row and now sits at 4-15 on the year a game and a half behind the Bandits for seventh in the IBL.
BARRIE – A six run bottom of the third inning was all the Barrie Baycats needed as they cruised to 10-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday in at Coates Stadium.