Maple Leafs surprised by Burlington Twins

The Burlington Twins snapped a five-game Intercounty Baseball League losing streak and shocked the Toronto Maple Leafs, 17-10, Thursday (July 14) at Nelson Park.

Burlington (7-21) slapped out 14 hits as Toronto (15-13) continued an up-and-down season by again slipping into fifth place in the IBL, one game behind the fourth place Kitchener Panthers with seven games left in the season.

The Twins scored four runs in the second inning and added six more in the third to pretty much finish the Leafs off early.

The Leafs are in Brantford to play the Red Sox Friday night and host the Panthers Sunday at 2 p.m. on the club’s annual Cap Day at Dominico Field at Christie Pits.

Some shoddy defence hurt the Leafs, as three errors led to several of the early Burlington runs, with the Twins then taking advantage of an off-night by the Leaf pitching staff.

Darryl Pui led the winners attack with a pair of hits that drove in four runs, while Adam Cholewka had three hits, scored three times and drove in another two. Greg Densem and Matt Spillman both added two hits and two RBI, while Jeff Kosta scored three runs, had two hits and drove in a run for the winners.

Kurtis Robinson started but went just four innings, allowing five runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and a walk, leaving the win to reliever Kyle Bolton, who pitched three hitless innings, striking out two.

Toronto starter Roberto Suppa was the loser. He went just two innings, allowing six runs on four hits with four walks and a strikeout. Three relievers finished up, including infielder Jarrod Ivan who tossed two scoreless innings after the game got out of hand.

Jordan Castaldo had four hits, including a home run, and Kyle Degrace had three hits, two RBI and scored twice for Toronto. Kern Watts and Jon Waltenbury both drove in a pair of runs for the Leafs, who had 16 hits and scored five runs in the final two innings to make the score closer.