Majors grab opener in playoff set with Bandits

ibl logoLONDON – The London Majors added to their 2-1 lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning en route to a 6-2 win over the Burlington Bandits in the lone game played in the Intercounty Baseball League playoffs on Friday night (Aug. 9).

The Majors lead the best-of-seven series 1-0 with game two slated for 1 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 10) at Burlington’s Nelson Stadium.

Andrew Marck earned the win for London, hanging in for 8 2/3 innings allowing just six hits and two earned runs with four walks and seven strikeouts. Jacob Raffaele got London’s final out.

The Majors outhit the Bandits, 8-6, including two hits apiece from Ryan Lapensee and Paul Young who both singled and doubled, drove in a run and scored. Cleveland Brownlee and Larry Balkwill each had a hit and drove in one and two runs, respectively.

Adwin Springer and Derrik Strzalkowski each singled for the home side while Parris Austin and Paul LaMantia both added a run scored. Chris Stewart registered a pair of runs scored for London in the win.

Matthew St. Kitts pitched a complete game eight innings but took the loss, allowing eight hits and six runs – four earned with five walks and five strikeouts for Burlington.

Connor Panas was the lone Burlington player with a multi-hit night hitting a single and double, while Nick Studer singled and scored a run. Jeff Kosta, Dan Franceschetti and Tyler Fata each singled while Brian Sewell drove in a run in the loss.