BURLINGTON – Toronto staged its own version of Major League Baseball’s home run derby as the Maple Leafs pounded out six round trippers – two by hometown boy Sean Reilly – en route to a 10-9 victory over the Burlington Bandits at Nelson Park on Saturday (July 20).
Justin Cicatelo earned the pitching victory for Toronto going nine innings while surrendering 12 hits. He struck out five batters and walked four. Jack Dennis started for Burlington, and went six innings while allowing seven runs on nine hits including four of the home runs. He was replaced by Evan DiMichelle, Michael Vanderlaan, and Jeff MacLeod. Vanderlaan took the loss as he gave up the game-winning run on a solo homer to Branfy Arias in the eighth inning.
Arias was Toronto’s leading hitter with three hits in addition to Reilly. For the Bandits, Darryl Pui had three hits and three RBI, while Nick Studer and Connor Panas added two hits apiece. MacLeod added a double.
Burlington’s next action is at home Thursday (July 25) against the Guelph Royals at Nelson Park, 7:30 p.m.