Ball Leafs’ rally falls short in London

GENE PEREIRA
Special to the Sun

Byron Reichstein drilled his second home run and he and Michael Ambrose each had three hits and three RBI to power the host London Majors to an 11-8 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Intercounty Baseball League action on Friday night at Labatt Park

The win was the seventh straight for London (8-3), which stayed a half game behind the Kitchener Panthers atop the IBL standings and a half game ahead of Toronto (8-4).

Down 11-5 with two out in the ninth inning, the Leafs rallied to score three runs off London reliever Braeden Ferrington. A Connor Lewis single scored Garret Takamatsu from third and then Grant Tamane drilled a two-run double to bring home Mike Ceechetto and Lewis, but Ferrington got Mike Reeves to fly out to centre to end the game and snap Toronto’s three-game win streak.

London starter Starlin Peralta (2-0) went seven innings to pick up the win, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Ferrington closed out the final two innings, giving up three runs on three hits and one walk. He struck out four.

Marek Deska (1-1) took the loss on the mound for the Leafs, giving up eight runs on 11 hits, one walk and struck one over five innings. Jackson Jones came on in the sixth inning and gave up an unearned run on one walk in just 1/3 of an inning of work.

Adam Marra picked up Jones in the sixth and went the final 2.2 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks. He struck out two.

Takamatsu had the big day at the plate for the Leafs, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Damon Topolie drove in three for the visitors.

The Leafs are back in action Sunday afternoon when they host the Burlington Herd at Christie Pits. Game time is 2 p.m.

Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies

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