The Burlington Bandits broke open a 3-3 tie with a four-run seventh inning and staved off a late-game comeback attempt by the Guelph Royals, securing a 7-5 Intercounty Baseball League contest on Sunday (June 30).
The Bandits improve to 5-16 on the season with their second straight win, but still remain a full game back of the 6-15 Royals.
Peter Bako had three of Burlington’s nine hits, including a home run with two RBI and two runs scored, while Brian Sewell singled and doubled with an RBI and a run scored. Kyle Morton had a two-run homer, while Connor Panas scored and added an RBI triple. Phil Steer doubled, and Nick Studer singled and scored in the loss.
Starter Jason Rubenstein earned the win, allowing five hits and four runs – three earned – with four walks and three strikeouts over eight inning pitched. Alex Gale came on to pitch the ninth and earned the save, allowing just one hit and an unearned run with three strikeouts.
Matt Atkins was the loser for Guelph, allowing eight hits and six runs – three earned – with one walk and four strikeouts over the first 6 2/3 innings of the game.
Justin Interisano homered for Guelph in the loss, while Dan Treccia doubled, scored and added an RBI. Chaz Pal also doubled and scored twice. Josh Garton singled, scored and drove in a run, and Nick Lancisi and Robert Grilli each added a hit.