London Majors are one win away from an Intercounty Baseball League upset. The Majors took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series in the senior circuit’s semifinals by downing the Barrie Baycats 6-1 on Sunday. London finished the regular season in fourth place while Barrie took the league pennant by finishing in the first place.
The fifth game is scheduled for Barrie Tuesday night.
In the other semifinal, Toronto Maple Leafs needed extra innings to get their first win in the best-of-seven affair by scoring a 5-2 win over the Brantford Red Sox. The fourth game will go tonight in Brantford, 8 p.m.
In London, Chad McKellar had two singles and scored what proved to be the winning run in the fifth inning. London then scored four runs in the next inning.
London also got production from Mike Ambrose, whose double scored a run, and Chuck Roberts added a pair of doubles in the win.
Hot-handed Erick Perez won his second game of the series and fourth of the playoffs against no losses, holding Barrie to the single run while giving up six hits in eight innings. Reliever Adam Arnold struck out a pair of batters in a scoreless ninth inning.
Derek McDaid (1-2) allowed six runs – five earned – and eight hits in six innings for the loss.
Alex Borgo’s solo homerun accounted for all of Barrie’s offence.
In Toronto, Danny Gibbons, 12th inning homerun drove in three-runs to lift the Maple Leafs to their win over Brantford. Damon Topolie homered in the second inning and then Shayne Ridley tied the game with a solo blast in the eighth. Gamin Teague added three hits for Toronto.
Doug Dimma (1-0) picked up the win after pitching a scoreless 12th inning. Starter Mike Lynch allowed two runs and six hits while striking out eight batters and walking five in 6 2/3 innings.
Aaron Boag (1-1) gave up the game-winning homer and three hits in one inning of relief after Brantford starter Steve Murray went 4 1/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits. Lee Delfino staked Brantford to an early lead with a run scoring single in the first inning.