By Darryl G. Smart
The Brantford Red Sox finally got over the hump.
The Intercounty Baseball League team has knocked on the door of victory in each of its first four games, jumping out early but not being able to finish off their opponent. But on Sunday at Arnold Anderson Stadium, it was the Sox turn to come from behind to beat the Hamilton Cardinals 7-5.
The Sox showed a ton of resilience, after the Cardinals scored three times in the sixth inning to go ahead 5-1. In the bottom half of the sixth, the Sox bats got going, scoring three times on three hits, before adding two more runs in the seventh to go ahead and one more in the eighth for good measure.
Jesse Fishbaum led the offence for the Sox with three hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Colton Fountain and Mike Deluca each had a pair of hits and also scored.
Josh Niles led the Cardinals at the plate going 2-for–3, with two RBI. Tristan Osika drove in the other run. Justin Gideon and Laine Renaud each had a pair of hits.
Nick Davies (1-1) earned the win in relief, with a scoreless, two-hit performance over three innings. He also struck out four Cardinals batters. Adam Jafine started and went six innings, giving up five runs – two earned – on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
Jacob Gagic (0-1) allowed two runs – one earned – in an inning of work to take the loss. He struck out two and allowed one hit. Cardinals starter Owen Macneil gave up three runs on four hits in 5.2 innings, walking one and striking out five.
GRAND SLAM SINKS RED SOX FRIDAY
For the second game in a row, the Red Sox gave up a grand slam with the lead, which led to a loss.
On Friday at home, the Sox jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings, before Baycats designated hitter Ryan Rijo smashed a two-out grand slam after three-straight walks in the third inning. That stroke of the bat changed all of the momentum, as the Sox bats went silent, while the Baycats added one run in the fifth inning and two in the seventh and ninth to leave town with a 9-5 victory.
Fishbaum had two hits, a stolen base, one run scored and one RBI for Brantford. Gianfranco Morello added a hit, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
The Sox have another busy week on their hands, playing on the road Tuesday at 7:30pm against the Kitchener Panthers, before returning home Friday against the Cardinals at 8pm. Saturday they hit the road for a 7:30pm game against the Baycats.