It took six days to complete, but the Burlington Bandits finally ended up with a 22-14 decision over the Guelph Royals in Intercounty Baseball League play on Tuesday night (July 23).
No, it wasn’t the longest recorded game in baseball history: The two teams were completing their suspended game, which began on July 18th, but was halted in the bottom of the 8th inning due to a municipal park curfew. When the lights were turned out almost a week ago, the Bandits led 16-13, and they picked up right where they left off, scoring six runs when the contest commenced to take a 22-13 lead. The Royals added a lone run in the top of the ninth to finally wrap up the affair.
The original game was started in Burlington, but was finished in Guelph as a prelude to a regular scheduled game between the two clubs.
Michael Vanderlaan was the third Burlington pitcher of the night and earned the win, allowing just one hit and one run with three walks and three strikeouts over 2 1/3 innings pitched.
Jeff Kosta had a pair of hits and four RBI with two runs scored for the Bandits, while Jeff MacLeod, Peter Bako and Darryl Pui each had a pair of hits, a pair of runs batted in and a pair of runs scored with the exception of Pui, who scored three times. Connor Panas hit twice, drove in a run and scored three times, while Phil Steer added a hit, two RBI and three runs scored. Ryan Clarke had a hit, an RBI and four runs scored, and Kyle Morton and Sean Molony each notched a hit, a run scored and an RBI in the win.
Bryce MacDonald-Wilson was the third of six Guelph pitchers and took the loss, allowing one hit and three runs with four walks over just 2/3 of an inning in the sixth.
Taylor Castrillo and Nick Lancisi each had a pair of hits and two RBI, scoring one and two runs, respectively, in the loss for the Royals, while Justin Interisano and Chaz Pal each added two hits, a run batted in and scored five runs, collectively. Dan Treccia and Josh Garton both had a hit, two RBI and two runs scored, while Bruce Yari had a hit, a run scored and an RBI in the loss.
After completing the suspended game, the Bandits maintained dominance of the Royals.
Burlington scored six runs in the fifth inning to take a 9-4 lead then added two more in the sixth and four more in the eighth en route to a 15-7 win. The Royals weren’t helped by the fact they committed four costly errors in the game.
Burlington improved to 12-24 with the wins, while the Royals remain in last place in the IBL standings with an 8-24 record, two games back of the Bandits.
Kyle Bolton was the second Burlington pitcher of the evening and earned the win for the Bandits, allowing just one hit and two runs with three walks and three strikeouts.
Morton hit a grand slam for Burlington in the win, driving in four runs with three runs scored. Dan Franceschetti and Panas each had a pair of hits with a run scored, with Panas adding a pair of RBI. Pui had a pair of hits with an RBI and two runs scored, while Steer and Molony had a hit with one and two runs, respectively. Daniel Peake notched two hits and scored three runs, while Clarke added a pair of runs scored.
After Roberto Suppa registered the first out for the Royals pitching staff, he was replaced by Matt Atkins, who took the loss. He allowed seven hits and nine runs with two walks and three strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings pitched.
Robert Grilli was the lone Royal to pick up two hits, driving in a run and scoring once while Jonathan Palumbo hit a three-run home run and scored twice in the loss. Garton and Duaine Bowles each had a hit and a run scored with one and two runs batted in, respectively. Castrillo added a lone hit to round out the Guelph offence.