Branfy Arias, Raul Borjas and Rob Gillis would each go three-for-five on the night for the Toronto Maple Leafs as they defeated the Hamilton Cardinals 9-3 in a senior Intercounty Baseball League game.
And Arias didn’t waste any time setting the tone. He opened the scoring for Toronto in the top of the first with a solo home run. Jordan Castaldo would follow up with a walk and advanced to second on Dan Marra’s ground rule double to left field. Both scored on Borjas’ single to give the visitors to Bernie Arbour Stadium a 3-0 lead after half an inning on Friday (June 15).
Hamilton got one run back in the bottom half of the first on Jon Saporsantos’ solo home run off the Bernie Arbour scoreboard in left field.
In the third inning, Borjas singled with two outs and came in for the eventual game winning run on Gillis’ double. The Maples Leafs added two more runs in the fourth when Castaldo doubled to bring in Glenn Jackson and Arias.
Hamilton cut the Toronto lead in half in the bottom of the sixth when John Solazzo hit a two-run home run to left centre to make it 6-3. However, Toronto scored three times in the top of the seventh.
For Hamilton, Tim Black was tagged with the loss. During his five innings of work he allowed six earned runs on 10 hits, walked two batters and fanned three. In relief, Matt Martinow went an inning and a third, allowing three earned runs on three hits with one strikeout. Matt Betts, Brett van Pelt and Nino Fasulo would combine to pitch the final two and two-thirds innings allowing one hit and striking out two.
For Toronto, Marek Deska went eight innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits, walking four batters and striking out 13. Deska would end the game with 151 pitches thrown, 94 for strikes. Brandon Horigan pitched the final inning for the Leafs, facing four batters allowing one hit and striking out one.
Hamilton takes on the Guelph Royals on Sunday (June 17) at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m.