By Darryl G. Smart
You could tell that there was a bit of anxiousness and relief at Arnold Anderson Stadium Friday night. For the first time since the end of the 2019 Intercounty Baseball League season, the Brantford Red Sox got the chance to run onto the field in front of their faithful fans.
Though there were some obvious nerves from the long layoff and anticipation, the Red Sox looked good in a 7-2 loss to the Welland Jackfish.
Rich Corrente and especially Chris Boatto were tough on the Red Sox hitters, leading the way for the Jackfish on the mound, Corrente started the game and gave up five hits and the only two runs in five innings of work, while Boatto was untouchable throwing four innings of no-hit baseball.
The only dent in the Jackfish pitching armour was Matthew Pillarczyk, who drove in both Red Sox runs. Colton Fountain had a hit and scored twice, while Gianfranco Morello, Liam Sutherland, and Jesse Fishbaum had the other Red Sox hits.
Aaron Dunsmore had three RBI for the Jackfish, while Brandon Underhill drove in a pair. Zarley Cina went 3-for-6 with a run, Dane Tofteland had a pair of hits and a run, Michael Blanke added an RBI, and Robert Mackie singled, doubled and had an RBI and a run.
Nick Davies took the loss on the mound for the Red Sox, giving up two unearned runs on a hit in two innings of relief. He walked two and struck out two. Kyle Lev started the game for the Red Sox and gave up two runs – one earned – on four hits over five innings. He also walked three and struck out 10.
Sunday the Red Sox were supposed to be on the road against the Hamilton Cardinals, but the game was rained out.
BUSY WEEK FOR RED SOX
Wednesday the Red Sox will see what they’re made of when they begin a gruelling five games in four days stretch at home against the London Majors (2-0) at 8pm. The Majors high-flying offence has scored 28 runs in its first two victories of the season.
Thursday, the Red Sox are on the road against the Jackfish (1-2) at 7:30pm, before returning home Friday at 8pm to take on the defending champion Barrie Baycats, and Sunday at 2pm against the Cardinals (1-0).