Brantford, London flex Intercounty muscles in semifinal openers

A popular sports cliché is that once the playoffs start, you can forget about the regular season. And it couldn’t have been more evident on Wednesday night in the senior Intercounty Baseball League’s semifinals.

Kevin Virtue homered and drove in five runs to pace the visiting London Majors to a 16-5 win over the Barrie Baycats in Game 1 of their semi. Barrie finished atop the nine-team league in the regular season while the Majors were fourth.

Supporting Virtue’s efforts were Rudy Vallejos, who had four hits and drove in two runs, and Mike Ambrose, who added three hits and scored three times in London 18-hit power show.

Erick Perez recorded his third playoff pitching decision, against no losses, allowing two runs – one earned – and eight hits in six innings for the win. Adam Arnold, Greg Shillington and Ted Kalnins each tossed an inning of relief. Angus Roy (0-1) lost his first start of the post-season after allowing nine runs – six earned – and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. Ryan Fisher, John Stewart, Rob Bland and Chris England also took the hill in the loss.

Alex Borgo homered and doubled while Jared McCord and Cory Turchan each added three hits for Barrie.

In Toronto, Lee Delfino hit a three-run home run and then a grand slam in an 11-run first inning to power the Brantford Red Sox to a 12-4 win over the Maple Leafs in the opening cat of the semifinal affair. At the end of the regular season, Toronto finished second and Brantford was third.
Tyler Moe added a two-run double in the first inning and Al Stevens contributed a run-scoring double. Hyung Cho and Jason Gotwalt each added two hits in the win. Brantford had 12 hits in the game.

Brad Hogeterp (2-0) allowed four runs and seven hits while striking out six batters and walking three in a complete-game effort for Brantford.

It was a rough outing for Toronto starter Paul Spoljaric (1-1). He was tagged for 10 runs and nine hits while recording just one out.

Nildo Puertas and Joe Colameco homered and Sean Travers added a two-run double for Toronto.

Futures games
Friday, Aug. 11
Barrie at London, 7:45 p.m.
Toronto at Brantford, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 12
London at Barrie, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 13
Brantford at Toronto, 2:00 p.m.
Barrie at London, 1:00 p.m.