A 22-hit outburst battered the Burlington Bandits into a 22-3 demolition by the London Majors in a senior Intercounty Baseball League game on Friday night (June 21).
The Majors had climbed to a 4-0 lead after three innings, but the Bandits came to within one with three runs in the top of the fourth. But the Majors then responded with multiple runs in every inning that followed, including five in the sixth inning and six in the eighth to convincingly drop the Bandits and improve their record to 13-6, registering their third straight win.
The Bandits drop to 3-13 with their third straight loss, and are a half game ahead of the last place Guelph Royals.
London starter Brett Sabourin earned the win, allowing just three hits and three earned runs with one walk and three strikeouts over five innings pitched.
Ryan Lapensee and Paul Young each had four hit nights for the Majors, with Lapensee notching three singles and a home run with three RBI and three runs scored, while Young had four singles, three runs scored and a run batted in. Larry Balkwill went 3-for-5 with a double, two singles, two runs scored and five RBI, while Paul LaMantia singled and doubled with three runs scored and four RBI. Paul Lytwynek singled twice and doubled with one RBI and two runs scored, while Parris Austin singled, doubled, drove in two and scored once.
Derrik Strzalkowski doubled and drove in two runs, scoring three times, while Cleveland Brownlee singled and drove in a pair of runs. Adwin Springer added a pair of hits to the London attack, adding four runs scored. Jon Celestino rounded out the offence for the Majors with an RBI and a run scored.
Burlington starter Dylan Perego took the loss, lasting just 3 1/3 innings while allowing seven hits and six runs – four earned – with one walk.
Kyle Morton had two of Burlington’s five hits with a single, double, two RBI and a run scored, while Darryl Pui had a pair of hits and a run scored. Nick Studer singled, and Jeff MacLeod added an RBI in the loss.