Burdett Milestone On Horizon

by B. Young

BRANTFORD - Nick Burdett's first Intercounty Baseball League at bat took place on July 6, 2013. The Brantford Red Sox were in Burlington facing the Bandits. Burdett went 2 for 3 that day. The 2013 Brantford Red Sox went on to win the IBL Championship - their 6th consecutive, setting a league record. 

9 years later and Burdett is the last current roster player with ties to those Red Sox dynasty years. What hasn't changed, however, is that Nick is still one of the league's most capable hitters. This past week Burdett blasted a 2 run home run over the fence in Welland. And on Saturday, Nick singled in the 6th inning before being replaced with a pinch runner - his 999th career at bat.

Nick Burdett's next at bat will mark his 1000th in the IBL - a milestone that few players have had the consistency and longevity to reach. Burdett is also 22 away from 300 career IBL games played. With 29 regular season games remaining, it's likely that the one of the league's longest tenured and most respected players should cross another milestone this year. 

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Nick's 1000th at bat should take place this Wednesday, June 22 when the Red Sox host the Kitchener Panthers at Arnold Anderson Stadium. Brantford's next game after that is Friday night, also at Arnold Anderson Stadium hosting the Guelph Royals. Both games are set for an 8 pm first pitch. 

Established in 1911, the Brantford Red Sox have been an institution in the Southwestern Ontario community for over a century. The Brantford Red Sox are the most historically decorated active team in the Intercounty Baseball League, appearing in 27 finals and winning 15 IBL championships. 

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