Marek Deska tossed seven strong innings and Will Richards and Dan Gibbons both drove in a pair of runs as the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped a three-game losing streak with an 8-3 victory over the Burlington Twins at Nelson Park.
Toronto (2-3) made the most of nine hits in the Intercounty Baseball League game and held the Twins (1-5) to just five hits in handing last place Burlington its fourth straight loss.
Deska allowed just three runs – two earned – on five hits over his seven innings, striking out five and walking three. Brandon Horigan retired all six batters he faced to finish up.
Toronto’s pitching duo got plenty of run support, as the Leafs scored two runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to account for most of their offence.
Richards had two hits, scored twice and drove in two more while Gibbons had a two-run single in the fourth and walked three times. Tyler Fata also had two hits for Toronto and scored a run, while Glenn Jackson scored twice and had a hit and a walk.
Matthew St. Kitts went five innings and took the loss for the Twins. He allowed seven runs – just four earned – on eight hits with seven walks and three strikeouts. Three relievers finished up for the Twins, who were hurt by nine walks and four errors.
Aberdeen Chan had two hits and drove in two runs for the Twins, who slipped into last place in the nine-team league with the loss. Peter Bako’s RBI single in the fifth accounted for Burlington’s other run.
In other league games, Guelph beat Barrie, 11-9, and Ottawa blanked Kitchener, 7-0.
The Hamilton Cardinals play the Barrie Baycats Sunday (May 20) at Bernie Arbour Stadium at 2 p.m.