Dwayne Bailey drove in the winning run with a seventh inning single to lead the four-time defending champion Brantford Red Sox to a 6-5 win over the Burlington Twins, giving Brantford a 4-1 series victory in senior Intercounty Baseball League playoffs.
Brantford will now meet the Kitchener Panthers in the second round of the IBL playoffs after Kitchener upset second place London on Friday (Aug. 3).
Josh McCurdy paced Brantford’s 11-hit attack with three hits, including a solo home run. Bailey added two hits and two RBI, while Steve Lewis also had two hits and scored a run for the winners.
Reliever Nathan Forer, the second of four Brantford pitchers, was credited with the win. He allowed one run on two hits with one strikeout over one inning. Stefan Strecker allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth to pick up the save.
The loser was Matthew St. Kitts in relief, allowing two runs – one earned – on four hits over three innings with one strikeout and two walks.
Burlington had nine hits, but made four costly errors in the loss. Connor Panas had three hits, drove in two runs and scored another for Burlington, while Branson Joseph had two hits and scored a run in the loss.
Burlington trailed throughout most of the game after the Red Sox scored single runs in the second and third innings before the Twins got one back in the fifth. But Brantford added two more in their half of the inning to lead 4-1.
The Twins refused to go away, however, and in the seventh inning took a brief 5-4 lead. Again in their half of the frame, the Red Sox brought home two more runs that would stand for the win.