Red Sox send Leafs packing to advance to IBL final

The Brantford Red Sox scored seven first inning runs and survived a 94-minute rain delay to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 9-3, on Sunday (Aug. 21) at Dominico Field at Christie Pits, winning their best-of-seven Intercounty Baseball League semi-final series, 4-3.

The Red Sox will continue their drive for a fourth straight IBL title and their fifth in six years when they meet the upstart Ottawa Fat Cats in the IBL Championship Series, which opens later this week. The Leafs head into the off-season thinking what could have been, as they came within a win of their first IBL Finals appearance since they won the title in 2007.

That the seventh game was played at all was somewhat miraculous in itself. After the Red Sox scored seven runs in the first inning, a violent rainstorm hit the Pits resulting in a 1-hour, 34-minute rain delay in the top of the second inning.

Somehow the field was made playable again and after that, the Red Sox basically just held the Leafs pretty much even and rode that big first inning to the win.

Brantford had seven runs on five hits with two costly errors off Toronto starter Drew Taylor, who didn’t survive the first inning. Marek Deska came on in the first with two out to finally quell the uprising but the damage was done.

Todd Betts hit a two-run homer in the first and was one of three Red Sox with two hits in the game to lead the Sox 11-hit attack. Jason Gotwalt added two hits and two runs scored and Terrell Alliman also had two hits and an RBI for the winners.

Starter Mike Meyers got the win. He went six innings, allowing three runs while scattering nine hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Andy St. Gelais and Stafan Strecker finished up on the mound.

Toronto had 13 hits, including four by Jon Waltenbury who also walked and scored a run. Jordan Castaldo and Jeremy Walker both added two hits for Toronto.