The Maple Leafs committed six errors but made up for the miscues with a 14-hit attack that gave them a 9-6 senior Intercounty Baseball League win over the Hamilton Thunderbirds on Wednesday night in Toronto.
The night was also a milestone for the Leafs’ Sean Travers who recorded his 500th and 501st IBL hits.
Winning pitcher for the Leafs was David Francis (3-3) who went six and two-thirds innings and allowed six runs on six hits. Jeff Reeves finished the game with an inning of work and got credit for the save. The losing pitcher for Hamilton was Derek Gordon, who worked four innings allowing eight runs, three of them earned, on nine hits including a two-run home run in the second inning by Kyle Degrace. He walked two batters and struck out two. Rob Foscarin pitched the final four innings.
Ian Choy connected on three singles for the Thunderbirds who had seven hits in total.
For the Maple Leafs, in addition to the Degrace home run, Damon Topolie added three hits and three RBIs. Gamin Teague had three more hits.
With the win, Toronto remains in first place, a game ahead of the Brantford Red Sox who were 12-2 victors over the Guelph Royals.
Hamilton sits in seventh place in the nine-team circuit.