The Burlington Twins gave themselves more breathing space for the Intercounty Baseball League’s last playoff position with a 10-6 decision over the Ottawa Fat Cats on Saturday (June 30).
The win lifted the eighth place Twins to three games ahead of the idle and last place Hamilton Cardinals. Burlington has an 8-14 record while Hamilton is 5-17.
Peter Bako had three hits, three RBI and scored three runs to lead the Twins 13-hit attack.
Phillip Steer also had three hits and scored twice while Branson Joseph hit a three-run homer in the first inning to get the Twins started. Zach Elbirt added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI and Alex Gale contributed two hits for the Twins, who won their second straight game.
Burlington starter Connor Smith lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with four walks and a strikeout. Aaron Boag, the third of four Burlington pitchers, got the win with 2 2/3 hitless innings of relief. He struck out two and walked one.
Ottawa starter James Amelotte was the loser. He lasted six innings, surrendering eight runs – just three of them earned – on 12 hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
Eitan Maoz had two hits, including a homer, and drove in four runs for the Fat Cats, who traveled to Guelph immediately after the game to play their second game of the day against the Royals.
Brandon Huffman had two hits and drove in a run and Cody Mombourquette also had two hits and scored a run for the Fat Cats.