BARRIE – Lee Delfino’s two-run home run with two outs in the top of the 10th inning allowed the Brantford Red Sox season to live to see another day, as they rallied to a 4-2 win over the Barrie Baycats in game four of the IBL championship series on Tuesday night.
The Baycats now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1 with another opportunity to clinch the league championship on Thursday night in Brantford in game five.
The Red Sox opened the scoring with a single run in the top of the first inning and led for much of the game before the Baycats registered a run in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game 1-1.
Wayne Forman’s sacrifice fly to centre field in the top of the ninth inning gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead, but that lead was short lived as Kyle DeGrace tied the game with a two-out RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game 2-2. Barrie had runners on second and third, still with two outs, but Jordan Castaldo struck out swinging for the third out and the game was off to extras where Delfino’s home run heroics proved to be the difference.
Jamie Richmond started and pitched 8 2/3 innings for the Red Sox, allowing five hits and two runs – one earned – with two walks and four strikeouts before being replaced by Tom Boleska who earned the win, allowing just one hit while dishing two strikeouts over 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
The Red Sox outhit the Baycats 7-6, which included three hits by Josh McCurdy with a run scored. Terrell Alliman and Delfino each homered in the win, while Jeff Hunt and Eitan Maoz each added singles.
Adam Hawes was the third Barrie pitcher of the evening and took the loss, coming into the game with one out in the ninth and gave up two hits – including the home run to Delfino – for two earned runs over his 1 2/3 innings pitched.
Jeff Cowan singled and doubled for the Baycats, while Brendan Keys and Jonathan Fernandez each picked up a hit and a run scored. DeGrace added his RBI single in the ninth inning, while Ryan Spataro registered a single to round out the Barrie offence.