Leafs Even Season Series With Sox

by B. Young

The Brantford Red Sox entered the final week of the 2021 Intercounty Baseball League season surging, having won 5 of their last 6 games. There is still much to be determined in last week of the season - London has clinched the pennant, but with only 4 wins separating the remainder of the league there is still room for Brantford to move up in the standings if they can win more ballgames.

Wednesday night marked Brantford's last home game of the 2021 regular season. The Red Sox held a 2-1 record over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs, and a win on Wednesday night would secure the season series. It would also gain Brantford valuable ground in the standings, as every win from this point on counts towards improving their playoff seeding.

The game was a back and forth matchup right form the start, as you'd expect from these two evenly matched teams - Brantford scored 3 in the 1st, Toronto answered back with 3 in the 2nd. Red Sox scored 1 in the 2nd, Maple Leafs scored 2 in the 3rd. Brantford then stepped on the accelerator, scoring 2 in the 3rd and another 2 in the 4th to take a 8-5 lead into the 5th inning.

Unfortunately, after a couple weeks' absence the dreaded bad mid-game inning returned to Brantford. Toronto scored 5 in the 5th inning to take a 10-8 lead. Brantford's bats then went as chilly as the night air, with a final score of Toronto 14 Brantford 8. 

Jason Pineda led the way for Brantford with 2 hits and 4 RBIs, including a 3-run home run. Aidan Muir and Roger Keen each also contributed a pair of hits. 

Brantford now finishes out their regular season on the road, starting on Thursday night in Barrie. 5th or 6th place is still within reach for the Sox, but a win against the Baycats is essential.  The Red Sox and Maple Leafs meet again in Toronto on Sunday to wrap up the 2021 IBL season. 

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The Brantford Red Sox were founded in 1911 and have won 15 Intercounty Baseball League titles. All home games take place at Arnold Anderson Stadium, tickets are available at brantfordredsox.com/tickets. For all the latest updates follow the Brantford Red Sox on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Subscribe to the Brantford Red Sox YouTube channel for live streaming of home games this season.