Brantford pulled up its Red Sox and knocked Toronto Maple Leafs out of the playoffs. The Red Sox 11-2 win on Wednesday night sets up a London Majors-Brantford senior Intercounty Baseball League final. Dates for the best-of-seven championship series will be announced today.
The Red Sox, who finished the regular season in third place, eliminated the second place finishing Maple Leafs 4-1 in the best-of-seven semifinal.
Wednesday night, Josh McCurdy’s three-run homer capped a six-run fifth inning that wiped out a 1-0 lead Toronto had taken in the second inning.
Lee Delfino had a three-run double as part of Brantford’s 11-hit attack, while Hyung Cho and Al Stevens each had a pair of hits.
Pitcher Brad Hogeterp picked up the complete game victory and improved his post-season mound record to 3-0. He gave up five hits that led to the Leafs only runs.Seven Leafs went down swinging and one managed a free pass to first.
Maple Lead Mike Lynch (1-1) lasted 4 2/3 innings, surrendering five runs on five hits.
Jeremy Walker’s solo homerun gave Toronto the early lead and Damon Topolie had two hits and drove in Toronto’s other run.
IBL semifinal results
Barrie Baycats (1) vs. London Majors (4)
(London wins series 4-1).
Game 1 – London 16, BARRIE 5; Game 2 – LONDON 11, Barrie 3; Game 3 – BARRIE 5, London 4; Game 4 – LONDON 6, Barrie 1; Game 5 – London 7, BARRIE 2.
Toronto Maple Leafs (2) vs. Brantford Red Sox (3)
(Brantford wins series 4-1).
Game 1 – Brantford 12, TORONTO 4; Game 2 – BRANTFORD 8, Toronto 3; Game 3 – TORONTO 5, Brantford 2 (12 innings); Game 4 – BRANTFORD 9, Toronto 4; Game 5 – Brantford 11, TORONTO 2.