By Darryl G. Smart
It’s pretty safe to say that Nick Burdett is swinging a hot bat.
The first baseman from Brantford has been on a tear at the plate, leading the Brantford Red Sox to three-straight Intercounty Baseball League wins. And last night it was a seventh inning home run to cap a five RBI night, as Burdett led the Sox to a 18-3 win over the Hamilton Cardinals.
Burdett’s bomb led an eight-run seventh inning that was followed up by another eight spot in the eighth. Michael Deluca went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and scored three times, while Liam Sutherland drove in three runs, Zach Lampreia had two hits and wo RBI, Spencer Voisin picked up two RBI and scored three times, Jacob Reid drove in a run and scored twice, while Ricky Murray singled twice, drove in a run and scored twice, Jason Pineda had a pair of hits and scored twice, and Gianfranco Morello plated a pair of runs.
On the mound, Mike Mike Mueller struck out eight over six shutout innings of work to improve to 2-0.
Justin Gideon had two hits and a stolen base to lead the Cardinals, while Chris Procopio singled and doubled, and Brandon Nieva went 2-for-4 with a run.
On Sunday, Burdett blasted two bombs, his first two homers of the season, leading the Sox to a 7-5 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Christie Pits.
Burdett finished the game with four hits, while Deluca had two singles and three RBI. Reid picked up two hits and an RBI, Morello went 2-for-5 with a run and two stolen bases, and Jason Pineda doubled and scored twice.
Adam Jafine (2-1) went eight innings for the win, allowing four runs on seven hits with four walks and seven strikeouts. Mike Mueller picked up his first save, giving up a ninth-inning run while striking out a batter.
Dan Marra drove in three runs for the Maple Leafs. Jordan Castaldo doubled and added a solo home run, and Johnathan Solazzo went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run.
Andrew Hyde (0-2) took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits over four innings. He walked one and struck out one.
The Red Sox improve to 8-15 on the season and play three games in three days beginning Wednesday at home against the Welland Jackfish at 8pm. Thursday they hit the road against the Jackfish at 7:30pm, before returning home against the Cardinals at 8pm. On Frdiay, the Red Sox welcome Olympian Erika Polidori to Arnold Anderson Stadium to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. It is also Brantford Minor Softball Association night and BMSA players wearing their jersey get in for free, while all family members enjoy half-priced admission.