Twins facing elimination as Leafs take 3-1 series lead

Jon Waltenbury hit a pair of home runs for the second straight game and Dan Gibbons, Kern Watts and Jordan Castaldo also homered, leading the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 16-12 win over the Burlington Twins in game three of their best-of-seven series Tuesday (Aug. 2) in Burlington.

Toronto leads the Intercounty Baseball League playoff 3-1 and can wrap it up with a win Wednesday night at Dominico Field at Christie Pits.

The Leafs scored four runs in the first inning and another three in the second to grab the early lead on their way to their third straight win after dropping the series opener in Toronto.

Waltenbury also hit two home runs in Sunday’s game three and also scored four runs and drove in three more on Tuesday. Gibbons had three hits, two runs scored and two RBI while Kern Watts also homered and scored twice for Toronto.

Castaldo also had three hits and two runs scored and Brian Ivan had a two-run double for the Leafs.

Marek Deska struggled in his return to the Toronto lineup but was good enough to pick up the win. Deska went 5 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on 12 hits with two strikeouts and four walks.

Burlington starter Shane Cole was the loser. He went three innings and was tagged for nine runs on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Ian Choy hit a pair of homers and had three hits and Jeff Kosta also homered for the Twins. Ryan Asis added three hits and scored a run, Greg Densem added three hits and an RBI and Peter Bako and Darryl Pui both had two hits for the losers, who had 17 hits and scored four runs in the ninth off reliever Matt Walker to make it close.

If games six and seven are necessary they will be played Thursday in Burlington and Friday in Toronto.