BURLINGTON – A four-run Burlington rally in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the Burlington Bandits to a 6-5 win over the Guelph Royals in an Intercounty Baseball League game on Thursday night (July 25).
The Burlington win, combined with the Hamilton Cardinals loss propelled the Bandits into sixth place in the IBL standings, leapfrogging the Cardinals.
Burlington (13-24) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first before the Royals (8-25) tallied three runs in the fifth to go up 3-1. The Bandits cut the Guelph lead to 3-2 with a run in the bottom of the fifth, before the Royals increased their lead with a pair of scores in the sixth to go up 5-2. The seventh cued the four-run inning for the Bandits, leading them to their second win in a row and Guelph’s third straight loss.
Dylan Perego came on to start the seventh for the Bandits and earned the win, giving up two hits with a walk and a strikeout over three innings pitched.
Kyle Morton doubled and tripled for the home side, driving in three runs while Tyler Fata hit a two-run homer in the win. Dan Franceschetti had a pair of hits with a run scored, while Peter Bako and Nick Studer singled and scored. Ryan Clarke had a run scored and a run batted in to round out the seven-hit Burlington offence.
Dan McGlynn came on in the seventh in relief of starter Andrew Vant Wout and took the loss, allowing three hits and two earned runs with two walks over two innings pitched.
Justin Interisano singled and homered, driving in three runs while Jonathan Palumbo doubled and tripled, driving in a run and scoring once. Duaine Bowles hit his first home run of the season for the Royals, while Robert Grilli and CJ Fearon singled and scored. Dan Treccia, Taylor Castrillo and Aaron Loder each added single hits in the loss.