Majors minor effort gives Brantford Intercounty baseball final opener

The Brantford Red Sox demolished the London Majors on Friday night, 14-0, in the first game of the Intercounty Baseball League’s championship final.

Brantford pounded on London pitching for 17 hits as the Red Sox carried over their offensive efforts from the semifinal series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Brantford outscored Toronto 42-18 in that five game series.

Second game of the Red Sox-Majors best-of-seven final is Sunday in London with Game 3 back in Brantford on Monday night.

On Friday night, John Ogiltree, in picking up his third post season decision against one loss, handcuffed London batters over seven innings, holding the Majors to just a pair of hits. He struck out five batters and gave up four walks.

Reliever Min Soo Kim fanned three batters in his two innings to preserve the shutout.

Jason Gotwalk had a trio of hits and scored twice while Adam Vella and Wayne Foreman each had two hits and scored twice. Al Stevens contributed a pair of hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs.

The Red Sox batters handed London starter Erick Perez (4-1) his first playoff loss. Perez was tagged for 12 hits that led to 10 runs in his brief 2 2/3 innings stay as Brantford took a quick 10-0 lead after three innings.

London, which also committed four errors, used four relievers to get through the night. Brantford finished its coring in the four inning with the final four runs.

Chuck Roberts two hits accounted for half of London’s plate efforts.