Bandits unable to stop unbeaten Red Sox

ibl logoJamie Richmond pitched six shutout innings and Scott Thorman had three hits and drove in a run to lead the Brantford Red Sox to their fourth straight victory, a 6-0 win over the Burlington Bandits, in one of two games played in the Intercounty Baseball League Wednesday (May 15).

The five-time defending champion Red Sox are 4-0 to start the season after making the most of their eight hits while the Bandits slipped to 1-1, also managing eight hits in the game.

Richmond allowed just three hits over his six innings, striking out eight and walking one, before three relievers finished up the eight-hitter. Stefan Strecker pitched the ninth for the Red Sox, leaving him just one appearance away from tying Doug Landreth for the most career appearances in IBL history. It was Strecker’s 197th game as a pitcher.

The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when Joe Colameco forced a bases-loaded walk that brought home what turned out to be the game-winning run. Brantford added a single run in the sixth and broke open the game with three more runs in the seventh.

Colameco drove in a pair of runs for the winners and walked three times, while Lee Delfino added two hits and an RBI. Josh McCurdy scored twice and had a hit as well for Brantford.

Luke Melymick was the starter and loser for the Bandits. He allowed one run on two hits with one strikeout and four walks over four innings.

Sean Malony and Ben Kirby had two hits each for the Bandits.

In Toronto, Cody Mombourquette had four hits and drove in two runs and Tyler Fata had three hits and six RBI to lead the Leafs to 16-1 rout over the Guelph at Dominico Field at Christie Pits.

Brett Lawson continued his comeback from a sub-par season last year by allowing just one unearned run in six innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. Lawson hasn’t allowed an earned run in 11 innings this season.

Justin Ciccatello pitched two shutout innings and Drew Taylor pitched the ninth for the Leafs to complete the five-hitter.

Fata had a two- run homer and two, two-run singles. Will Richards had two hits and two RBI for the Leafs, while Glenn Jackson, Kevin Hinton and Justin Gianfrancesco added RBI hits. Rob Gillis added a single, a sacrifice fly and also scored three times for Toronto.

Chris Nagorski took the loss for Guelph. He allowed five runs on four hits over 4 2/3 innings with three strikeouts and one walk.

Justin Intreisano had two hits for the Royals.

An earlier version of this story had Peter Bako with two hits for the Bandits. Bako did not play in this game.