Burlington MP shows a strong arm when she throws out the game ball for the Bandits.

sportsgold 100x100By Pepper Parr

June 30th, 2016



They needed all the help they could get – and while Burlington MP Karina Gould put her opening pitch right across the plate – it didn’t count.

Gould had a full week in Ottawa where she said she was sitting ten feet away from United States President  Obama who did a “shout out” to Burlington and pointed directly at Gould.

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Burlington MP Karina Gould throwing the “game ball” at a Burlington Bandits game.

Gould told the Gazette that she didn’t play any organized baseball – but she did throw a ball around with her Dad when she was little.

“I practiced quite a bit about four weeks ago when I was originally supposed to do this honour” – and added that she felt her arm held up pretty good.

She was given the “game ball”  to keep as a souvenir but was asked to return the sweater – which suggests she should not wait for a call up from the coach.

She at least did a lot better than Mayor Goldring when he threw the game ball at the first game the then Burlington Twins played.

Jeff Hunt and Dan Jagdeo each drove in four runs to lead the Brantford Red Sox to a 14-6 win over the Burlington Bandits Thursday night.

As for the game – it was a brutal 14-6 for Brantford.

Hunt finished with two doubles and a triple, while Jagdeo’s only hit was a two-run home run in the Red Sox’s sixth-run fourth.

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Karina Gould, holding the game ball with Ryan Harrison, marketing manager for the Bandits and Scott Johnston team management.

Tyler Patzalek had three hits and finished a home run short of the cycle. He drove in a run and scored three times. Benjamin Bostick had two hits and three runs, Nic Burdett drove in a pair, and Mike Burk added two hits and scored once.

Nathan Forer (5-2) went seven innings for the win, giving up two runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out eight.

Justin Gideon had four RBI after a home run and double for Burlington. He also scored twice. Kevin Hussey and Robert Tavone each had three hits, and Julian Johnson had an RBI.

Ryan Beckett (2-3) gave up eight runs (six earned) on seven hits in three innings, walking four and striking out two.

Sixth-place Burlington fell to 6-15.
Fourth-place Brantford improved to 14-10.

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