Darryl Pui’s three run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning proved to make all the difference, as the Burlington Twins snapped a three-game losing skid with a 9-7 win over the visiting Guelph Royals.
Alex Gale was the winning pitcher in the senior Intercounty Baseball League, coming on to replace starter Ryan Noack in the sixth inning and allowing just one hit and one earned run with one walk over 1 2/3 total innings pitched. Kurtis Robinson pitched the final two innings and picked up the save, giving up just one hit and striking out one.
Despite making four errors on the night, the Twins (5-9) held on for victory by way of their 12 hits, two in total from Pui who also singled and finished with four RBI and a run scored. Branson Joseph doubled and homered, scoring three times and driving in a pair of runs. Peter Bako singled, doubled and scored a run while Jeff Kosta had a pair of hits and also came into score. Jamie Lekas, Greg Densem and Ryan Asis each had a hit and a run scored and Phillip Steer rounded out the Twins offence with a hit and an RBI.
Starter Chris Nagorski suffered the loss for Guelph (8-9), allowing 12 hits and nine earned runs with two walks and three strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.
Steve Coates had a three hit night with two RBI and two runs scored for Guelph, while Frankie Hare also had three hits with an RBI. Kevin Treichel singled twice, drove in a run and came in to score while Mark Allen singled and added an RBI with a run scored. Josh Garton doubled and scored a run in the loss.