The thermometer wasn’t the only thing registering hot at Bernie Arbour Stadium on Tuesday night. The bats of the Maple Leafs burned a quartet of Thunderbirds pitchers for 15 hits as Toronto took a 2-1 lead in their senior Intercounty Baseball League playoff series with a 15-5 thrashing of Hamilton.
Game 4 in the best-of-seven opening round series goes tonight at Toronto’s Christie Pits. Gametime is 7.30 p..m.
It’s the second time in the series the Maple Leafs have hit double figures in hits and runs in a game. Toronto opened the series with a 14-1 drubbing of Hamilton. They had 14 hits in that game.
On a steamy Tuesday night, Jeremy Walker had three hits, including two home runs and a double to pace the Maple Leafs who finished regular season play in second place. Hamilton was seventh.
Walker had a two-run homer in the first inning and a solo home run in the seventh as the Maple Leafs scored in all but three of the nine innings.
Contributing to the Toronto offence were Gamin Teague with three hits, Marc Zamojc, with three hits including a three run home run in the third inning, and Joe Colameco, with a solo home run in the second inning.
Andy Steeds and Adam Strongman had two hits each of Hamilton’s total of nine. Strongman had a two run homer in the third inning.
Mike Lynch went five and one third innings for the win, giving up four runs on six hits. Jeff Reeves went 3 2/3 innings in relief.
Doug Chrysler allowed eight runs on seven hits in three innings for Hamilton to absorb the loss.
In other IBL playoff Tuesday night London Majors took a 3-0 series after beating Kitchener Panthers, 6-0; Brantford Red Sox downed Guelph Royals 11-6 to even their series at 2-2; and Barrie Baycats went up 2-0 in their series against Oshawa Dodgers after posting a 7-1 decision.