Sox Drop Final Meeting vs. Cardinals

by B. Young

HAMILTON - On Friday night the Brantford Red Sox travelled to Hamilton to face the Cardinals, in a battle between the IBL's 7th and 8th place teams. Brantford has it's 2 lone wins this year over Hamilton, and one more tonight would earn a season series split and a bright spot for Brantford in a year that hasn't seen very many. 

Unfortunately for the IBL's Red Sox, Brantford's Jr. Red Sox are currently competing in their provincial championships, and many of the players the Senior Sox have called upon this season were unavailable. An even shorter bench than usual made for an unorthodox starting lineup, featuring pitcher Graham Tebbit as designated hitter (Tebbit would later take the mound in relief, with Brantford losing its DH spot in the process).

Not many highlights for Brantford on this night. Hamilton batted around in the 1st inning, tagging starting pitcher Corey Boehmer for 5 runs in the process. That proved to be all that Hamilton would really need, as Brantford would muster up just 1 run on 6 total hits. Notably, there was a 35 minute delay in the 4th inning as the lights at Bernie Arbour Stadium went out. Also suffering an outage this evening was Brantford's defence, with the Red Sox committing 6 errors. Hamilton would bat around again in the 7th inning, scoring another 5 runs in the process. Hamilton seemingly didn't want the night to ever end, as they continued to draw walks in the 8th inning even with a 17 run lead as the game reached the 4 hour mark. But it ultimately did thankfully end, with a final score of Hamilton 18 Brantford 1.

FOR BRANTFORD - Corey Boehmer (2 innings pitched, 7 hits, 7 runs) and Danny Garcia (4 innings pitched, 4 hits, 3 runs) both made their debut for the Red Sox on the mound. Nick Burdett doubled in the 4th inning, marking his 300th career IBL hit. With tonight's loss to Hamilton, Brantford falls 6 wins behind the Cardinals in the standings, and with just 8 games remaining all but assures that the Red Sox will finish in last place.

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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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