Pitching duel goes to Brantford, Red Sox take 2-1 final series lead

Any pitcher would be happy with a complete-game three hit performance. Unless you’re Josh Palmer and your opponent tosses a four-hitter, strikes out eight of your teammates, and one of the hits you gave up is a game-winning solo homerun.

That’s how it went for Palmer and the London Majors Monday night when the Brantford Red Sox held on for a 1-0 win. Brantford leads the best-of-seven senior Intercounty Baseball League final 2-1 with the fourth game scheduled for London on Wednesday night at Labatt Park.

Brad Hogeterp’s shutout pitching gave him a fourth post season mound decision against no losses. His four-hit victory was highlighted by no walks.

Hyung Cho’s over-the-fence hit in the fourth inning stood as the game’s only run in a pitching duel. Adam Vella managed a double off Palmer, who struck out five, and Wayne Foreman singled for Brantford’s other hits.

London’s Matt Luvisotto had a double for the Majors only extra base hits while Kyle Piworwarczyk, Chuck Roberts, and Rudy Vallejos each had a single.

After Wednesday’s game, the series returns to Brantford for an 8 p.m. game at Arnold Anderson Stadium.