Twins surprise league champs to even playoff series

The Burlington Twins held the regular season Intercounty Baseball League champions to just two runs on seven hits, as they evened their best-of-seven opening round playoff series 1-1 with a 7-2 win in one of four IBL games played on Saturday (July 28).

The Twins had a 2-0 lead after two innings, followed by a 4-1 lead after six, adding three more runs in the eighth to secure the win. Starter Matthew St. Kitts earned the victory, allowing two runs – one earned – on six hits with two walks and one strikeout over 7 2/3 innings pitched.

Jeff Kosta had a three run home run in the win, while Kyle Morton and Ryan Asis each added solo home runs, with Asis adding an extra RBI. Mattingly Romanin had a pair of hits with a run scored, while Peter Bako doubled and scored a run. Jamie Lekas singled and Connor Panas added a run scored to round out the Burlington attack.

Nathan Forer took the loss for Brantford, allowing four earned runs on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts over the first 5 1/3 innings. Andy St. Gelais and Stefan Strecker combined to pitch the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

Josh McCurdy singled and doubled in the loss, while Wayne Forman had a pair of singles. Tyler Burnell added an RBI double with a run scored, while Terrell Alliman doubled and scored a run. Scott Thorman added a double to pace Brantford’s seven hits.

The series resumes on Monday (July 30) in Burlington.

In the other games, the home Barrie Baycats opened the playoffs with a 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs; the Guelph Royals picked up a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Fat Cats in game one of their best-of-seven series; and the Kitchener Panthers staved off an eighth inning comeback attempt by the host London Majors for an 8-4 decision to take a 1-0 lead in their affair.