By Darryl G. Smart
Tony Kwon’s first Intercounty Baseball League hit was a huge one for the Welland Jackfish Thursday night at home.
Hitless in his first two games, Kwan clobbered a Kyle Lev offering deep with the bases loaded, hitting a grand slam and tying the game up at 5-5 in the fourth inning. Kwan’s grand slam snatched all of the game’s momentum as the Jackfish defeated the Brantford Red Sox 10-7 at home.
The Red Sox got another great start, sending seven batters to the plate in the first inning and quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Sox added another run in the third, before Jesse Fishbaum hit his first home run of the season to give the Red Sox a 5-1 lead, setting up Kwon’s heroics.
Down, but not out, the Red Sox again showed lots of fight, when Nick Burdett hit a ball down the line that was originally called foul, but overturned. After the decision, Matt Pilarczyk scored, before Colton Fountain drove in Liam Sutherland to regain the lead, 7-6 o in the seventh inning.
But Welland responded in the seventh inning, again with the bases loaded. This time a wild pitch scored Matt Hilderbrandt, and a sacrifice fly scored in Aaron Dunsmore to give the Jackfish a lead they would add to in the eighth.
Sutherland led the Red Sox offence with three hits, two RBI and 2 runs scored. Fountain also contributed a pair of hits and two RBI, while Gianfranco Morello had two hits and two runs scored.
Chris Boatto (2-0) earned the win in relief, allowing two runs on four hits in two innings. He walked one and struck out two. Zachary Cameron picked up his first save of the season, striking out one in two clean innings. Welland starter Rich Corrente went five innings, scattering seven hits while allowing five runs (three earned). He walked one and struck out three.
Drew Mainprize (0-1) took the loss, giving up two runs on two hits with two walks in the seventh. Kyle Lev started, giving up six runs on four hits with five walks and three strikeouts in four innings. Adam Jafine pitched two scoreless innings in his Red Sox debut, striking out three.
The Brantford Red Sox now return home to Arnold Anderson Stadium for a pair of games, Friday at 8pm against the Barrie Baycats and Sunday at 2pm against the Hamilton Cardinals.