A four-run third inning was the difference maker as the visiting London Majors sailed to an 8-2 victory over the Burlington Bandits in an Intercounty Baseball League game on Thursday (June 27).
The Majors improve to 14-7, claiming their fourth win in five games. They took full advantage of a sloppy nine-error night by the Bandits (3-16), who remain in last place in the IBL standings and are in the midst of a six-game losing skid.
London starter Dylan Brooks earned the win, allowing six hits and two earned runs with four walks and five strikeouts over seven innings pitched.
Cleveland Brownlee led the Majors offence with a double and a two-run homer with a run scored and four RBI, while Jon Celestino added a two-run homer, scoring twice and registering two RBI. Paul Lytwynec and Ryan Lapensee each singled and drove in a run, while Paul Young doubled and scored and Adwin Springer singled and scored. Paul LaMantia singled and scored twice, while Larry Balkwill added a run scored in the win.
Burlington starter Matthew St. Kitts suffered the loss, lasting only 2 2/3 innings and allowing three hits with seven runs – four earned – with three walks and two strikeouts.
Nick Studer had a pair of hits and two RBI for the Bandits, while Jeff MacLeod had a pair of singles and a run scored. Peter Bako and Tyler Fata rounded out the Burlington offence with a hit apiece.
The Bandits are in action on Saturday when the Barrie Baycats visit Nelson stadium for a 2 p.m. affair.