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Brantford Red SoxMajors come from behind to defeat Sox in extra innings

The London Majors scored five unanswered runs in the ninth and tenth innings to defeat the Brantford Red Sox 11-9 in Intercounty Baseball League action on Sunday, August 20, 2023.

Erika Polidori, member of Team Canada’s bronze-medal winning softball team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, was recognized before the game as she will, once again, be representing Canada, this time at the 2023 Pan-American Games, which begin October 20, 2023 in Santiago, Chile.

Erika Polidori (right), grabs a photo with Red Sox 3B Kieran Bowles after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on Sunday, August 20, 2023.

Jeremias Sucre got the start for the Sox and got roughed up early as the Majors were lucky rather than good as they capitalized on four bloop singles to jump out to an early 2-0 lead. The Red Sox capitalized on a walk, stolen base and RBI single from RF Christian Kuzemka to cut the Majors lead to 2-1 after one inning.

Brantford SP Jeremias Sucre got the start for the Sox, tossing 5.0 IP, allowing 6 ER while striking out four.

Sucre bounced back in the second, getting a three-up, three-down inning allowing his team to get back into the game. Catcher Chris Ruiz led off the inning with a walk later scoring on a fielder’s choice as the Sox tied things up at two.

The teams battled to a scoreless third inning before London took a 5-2 lead in the top of the fourth, capitalizing on a walk and three consecutive singles. Brantford went scoreless in their half of the fourth before adding a single run in the bottom of the fifth, to cut into the Majors lead, 5-3.

Red Sox 1B Evan Ryan picks a ground ball and runs to first for an out against the London Majors on Sunday, August 20, 2023.

London got that run back in their half of the sixth to regain their three-run lead before Brantford’s bats exploded in the bottom of the sixth. Sox LF Roger Keen led of the inning with a single, followed by a single, a double from CF Jesse Fishbaum and back-to-back doubles from Ruiz and DH Jeremie Veilleux as they sent ten batters to the plate, scoring six runs to take a 9-6 lead through six innings.

Red Sox SS Gus Wilson flies out to right field against the London Majors on Sunday, August 20, 2023.

Offence was hard to come by for both teams in the seventh and eighth innings then the Majors got to the Red Sox bullpen in the ninth, scoring three unanswered runs off Red Sox RP Aidan Armitage to tie things at six and force extra innings.

Red Sox CF Jesse Fishbaum tracks a flyball into his glove against the London Majors on Sunday, August 20, 2023.

In the top of the tenth, London scored two more runs off of Nick Davies to take an 11-9 lead. Brantford couldn’t respond in their half as the Majors held on for the come from behind victory.

Red Sox 1B Evan Ryan throws to home for a fielder’s choice against the London Majors on Sunday, August 20, 2023.
Red Sox LF Roger Keen rips a single to centre field against the London Majors on Sunday, August 20, 2023.
Erika Polidori throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Red Sox took on the London Majors on Sunday, August 20, 2023.

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