Twins on verge of elimination

The Brantford Red Sox showed why they are the four-time reigning Intercounty Baseball League champions, slashing out 20 hits to produce 14 runs en route to a 14-1 victory in game four of their best of seven series against the Burlington Twins in the lone playoff game on Wednesday (Aug. 1).

Brian Sikorski earned the win for the Red Sox, who take a 3-1 stranglehold over the Twins. Game five goes Friday night at 8 p.m. in Brantford.

Sikorski started and allowed just one earned run on one hit with two walks and seven strikeouts over seven innings pitched. Mark James and Adam Kudryk each pitched one inning to finish up, each allowing just one hit while issuing one strikeout.

Scott Thorman powered the Red Sox offence with four hits – including three home runs – finishing with six RBI and four runs scored in the win. Todd Betts singled twice and doubled, driving in a pair and scoring once while Hyung Cho also singled twice and added a double with three runs scored and a run batted in. Tyler Burnell had three hits with an RBI and a run scored, while Steve Lewis singled twice and scored twice. Wayne Forman had two hits and an RBI, and Josh McCurdy, Lee Delfino and Terrell Alliman each singled, scored, and drove in a run.

Burlington starter Jeff MacLeod took the loss, lasting only 1 1/3 innings and allowing six runs – four earned – on six hits with three walks before being replaced by Alex Gale, who gave up six hits of his own which led to four earned runs over 2 2/3 innings. Kyle Bolton and Jeff Davis pitched three and one innings, respectively, combining to allow four earned runs on eight hits with three strikeouts.

The Twins mustered just three hits on the night, which came from three different players. Peter Bako spoiled the shutout bid with a solo homerun, while Connor Panas and Zach Elbirt each singled.