Bandits fall short; and so ends the season - they lose 5-3 to the London Majors.

element_sportsApril 12, 2015

By Justin Lethbridge


Despite giving London everything they could handle, the Bandits were unable to complete the comeback and were eliminated from the playoffs after a 5-3 loss. After two straight wins and a rain delay, Burlington and London met at Labatt Park for game seven on Tuesday night where the Majors punched their ticket to the semifinals.

Bandits coach Kyle

Coach Kyle grew the team to the point where they put up a solid fight against a team they were not able to beat all season – pushed them to a seven game playoff series.

Burlington put up a good fight thanks to another RBI by leageue leader CF Shaun Cooper and runs by SS Keith Kandel, DH Adam Odd and C Kevin Hussey. Bandits pitchers Dylan Perego, Blake Weston and Brandon Catena allowed a combined nine hits and five runs while earning two strikeouts through eight innings.

London only needed eight at bats to come away with the victory thanks to another strong performance from pitcher Luis Pina who had six strikeouts while only allowing six hits and three runs through 7.2 innings of work.

Offensively CF Chris McQueen led the way with two runs and one RBI.


Bandits owner Scott Richardson saw his team make the London Majors work for the quarter finals win.  The Bandits didn’t make the finals last year – progress.

Despite entering the playoffs 0-5 against London, Burlington came within a win from semifinals.

Burlington’s success came off of CF Shaun Cooper’s league leading four home runs and 12 RBI’s.

Unfortunately for the Bandits, London’s pitching was just too good with Luis Pina and Oscar Perez combined for 33 SO’s.

The Bandits proved to be a plucky team when they got into the playoff rounds – they battled back again and again; pretty good for a team that wasn’t in the playoffs at all last year.

London plays the Kitchener Panthers in the semifinals starting Thursday in Kitchener.

The other semifinal got started with the Barrie Baycats etching out a 1-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Nelson pool will not open at all this summer.

News 100 redBy Staff

August 11, 2015


The  Nelson Pool will not be opened at all this summer and into the immediate future due to structural tank deterioration.

Beats the heat doesn't it?  Your tax dollars at work.

Nelson Outdoor Pool, which first opened in 1963, was scheduled to open again this summer. As part of preparing for the summer opening, city staff conducted a pool inspection after the winter season. The pool tank’s structure is made of steel and is fitted with a commercial grade pool liner. The steel structure has corroded beyond repair and has been deemed unsafe for public use by a structural engineer. Attempts were made to see if any short term solutions could be found for this summer season however, repair measures were too extensive. The tank was scheduled for replacement in the capital budget in 2019.

“The pool was to reopen June 13, but with two severe winter seasons back-to-back, the steel tank at Nelson Pool has seen an accelerated rate of deterioration,” said Chris Glenn, director of parks and recreation. “Ensuring public safety is our top priority, and thus the need to keep Nelson Pool closed. Plans were made to accommodate program participants and renters at other city pools.”

Accommodations have been made to offer additional recreational swimming times and lessons at other city pools. Nelson Wading Pool and Splash Pad are open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Sept. 7, 2015.

Staff will conduct a formal review this fall of Burlington pool users’ needs with a primary focus on summer use. The review will analyze the impacts of Nelson pool being closed and will compare user data from previous years. Capital works will prepare preliminary design and cost scenarios for consideration.

The city will ask pool users and the community for feedback that will be taken into consideration when staff make a formal recommendation to committee and council later in the year.


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Burlington Bandits London Majors game postponed due to weather.

element_sportsBy Staff

August 11, 2015


IBL postponed graphicThe seventh game in the first  round best out of seven games series between the Burlington Bandits and the London Majors was cancelled due to weather.

The game will be played Tuesday in London, Ontario.

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Bandits stay alive against the London Majors by taking 6th game 9-4; game 7 in London Monday night.

element_sportsBy Justin Lethbridge

August 9th, 2015


A tremendous effort by Pitcher Steven Dressler, earned the Bandits a 9-4 win to even their series against the London Majors and force a game seven. Dressler pitched 7.2 innings allowing seven hits and four runs, while earning five strikeouts.

After a scoreless first inning, Burlington exploded for six runs in the 2nd led by a three run blast from Centerfielder Shaun Cooper.

Bandit pitcher Dressler

Pitcher Steven Dressler, earned the Bandits a 9-4 win

After a back-and-forth 5th inning, Cooper would add two run shot for his fifth run of the series. Cooper leads the IBL with 11 RBI so far in the playoffs.

While London would score two runs in the eighth, Burlington had the game in hand.

Brandon Catena came in for the save and through 1.1 innings allowed no hits while earning one strikeout. Despite being down 3-1 to the higher seeded Majors, the Bandits have rattled off two straight wins in convincing fashion to force a seventh game in London.

Since losing the first game of the series, Burlington has dominated the Majors in London, outscoring them 15-3 in the last two games at Labatt Park.

The season needed a lot of improvement - but the community spirit is certainly evident.Burlington is one strong performance away from a birth in the semifinals. The final game of the series goes at 7:35pm Monday night, in London.

The Bandits were not able to win a single game against London during the regular season – now they are one win away from taking the quarter finals.

The winner of the Burlington – London series series will play the 2nd seeded Kitchener Panthers in the semifinals.

The other semifinal series will be the Barrie Baycats vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Burlington Bandits shut out the London Majors for the first time and force a sixth playoff game Sunday afternoon.

element_sportsBy Justin Lethbridge

August 7, 2015


A tight defensive game resulted in the Burlington Bandits shutting out the London Majors 3-0 to force a game six in Burlington.

Bandits # 2 at bat

The bats were big enough on Friday night to keep the team alive in what was a very tight defensive game.

It was a much needed win for Burlington, not only to stay alive in the best-of-seven series, but to shutout a Majors team that has scored well against the Bandits so far this series.

It was the Bandits first win this season against London pitcher Oscar Perez who earned 10 strikeouts while allowing nine hits and three runs through nine innings of work.

Burlington’s Dylan Perego earned his second win of the series. Through eight innings he allowed six hits and no runs with three strikeouts.

Leftfielder Justin Gideon got a run in the first as well as bringing in third baseman Levi Larmour for a run in the ninth.

Centerfielder Cooper got his second home run of the series in the seventh inning.

The two teams get back at it at 1pm Sunday afternoon, at Nelson Park.

A Burlington win would force a seventh game back in London on Monday night.

Bandits Burlington players celebrate the end of a double-header

The Bandits had every reason to celebrate Friday evening – it was a remarkable win against London – and the first shut out as well – 3 -0 Marvelous!

There are many that didn’t think the team was going to make it out of London Friday night – there is spunk in them yet.

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Bandits Left Fielder Justin Gideon: We're going to win tomorrow - after losing 9-2 to the London Majors

element_sportsBy Clinton Dixon

August 6, 2015


After a poor outing in game 1 against London,

Bandits starting pitcher Matthew St. Kitts could only manage to pitch one inning in Burlington’s Thursday night 9-2  loss to London at a Nelson Park.  He   gave up one run on four hits Thursday night before having to leave the game with a shoulder injury.

Bandits - bullpen didn't show a lot of hope

The bullpen didn’t really deliver for the team Thursday night.

Exactly what the Bandits had hoped wouldn’t happen, as their bullpen had been shaky the last few games, especially in middle relief.

Immediately after the pitching change the London Majors loaded the bases with no outs. Luckily for Burlington the damage was limited to just one run scored thanks to outfielder Justin Gideon. Gideon was able to record an outfield assist when he unleashed an absolute laser of a throw to gun down London’s Argenis Vargas at home; a call the Majors debated vehemently.

Bandits coach Kyle

Bandit Coach Kyle was expecting more from the team in the quarter finals – they aren’t out yet – but they are real close,

Every one of the Majors’ coaches came out to argue with Home-plate Umpire, Chris Walters, claiming that Burlington’s Catcher, Kevin Hussey, blocked the plate. London’s arguments didn’t amount to anything and Burlington was able to escape the inning down only two runs.

Bandits # 2 at batUnfortunately in the next few innings Burlington wasn’t able keep hold of that momentum, as London kept chipping away at the Bandits poor pitching. The inning would later come to an end thanks to some terrible base running by London’s Cleveland Brownlee.

After a routine groundball produced an out at first base, Brownlee decided to try and take home, only to be thrown out at the plate by about ten feet. The poor decision got Burlington out of the inning, but not before falling behind 4 to 0.

After giving up another run Burlington was finally able to get on the scoreboard thanks to some atrocious fielding by London. First the Majors’ Center Fielder, Julio Guzman, saw a routine fly-ball bounce off his glove; Keith Kandel managed to take second on the error before scoring on the next play – another error, this time coming from London’s Shortstop Paul Lytwynec. London would go on to record a total of four errors in the inning before recording their first out; unfortunately Burlington wasn’t able to take advantage of the sloppy play, only managing to get one run across the plate.

Things settled down from there over the next few innings of play before London blew the lead open in the eighth. Even the co-owner of the Bandits, Scott Robinson, was forced to admit that it was “a very good inning for [London].”

The Majors’ plated four runs in the inning to take a 9 to 2 lead over the hometown Bandits. The score wouldn’t change from there as London would hold on for the victory.

Bandits - rounding the bases after the 4th

The kids had a great time running the bases after the fourth inning.

The loss leaves the Bandits down 3 to 1 in the series heading back to London tomorrow night; but Justin Gideon, the Bandits Left Fielder, isn’t shy about how he and the rest of the team feel about their chances going forward in the series. “I think we’re better than London. We get base runners, we just need to cash them in and I think tomorrow’s the day.”

All in all it was a strong showing for the unlucky Bandits, who feel they’ve played well against London to this point. Coach Kyle MacKinnon knows that his team can win Friday night when they make the do-or-die trip down to London. “We go in with a game-seven mentality from here on out – you lose you go home. Hopefully these guys don’t want their summer to end yet and obviously I don’t either.”

Game 5 of the Quarterfinal Series will take place at 7:35 p.m. at Labatt Memorial Park in London.

If Burlington is able to stave off elimination Game 6 will be played Sunday afternoon at Nelson Park in Burlington.


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Call for Spirit of Sport public art submissions: $10,000 on the table - deadline September 8

theartsBy Staff

August 6, 2015


If you are of an artistic bent and you have something you would like to say about sports in Burlington there is a call for Expressions of Interest from artists for the creation of a series of permanent public artworks relating to the theme: ‘The Spirit of Sport.’

A series of three (3) small to medium-scale, exterior public artworks will be installed at three separate sports fields / facilities in the city of Burlington, Ont., Canada.

This competition is open to all Ontario-based, professional artists* and/or artist-led teams.

Click here to view the full Expression of Interest document (pdf)

You can submit your expression of interest on-line

Norton Park - mural

Burlington is currently spending on public art. This one is in the Alton community – there are to be three that are sports related installed and plans in place to put one mural in each ward.

Burlington has a long history of sports excellence, on both and amateur and professional

level. The city boasts a wide variety of sports facilities, parks, fields and other infrastructure
that provide community-wide access to sport and active living. These opportunities range
from children’s programming to training for high performance athletes.
Citizenship Court Judge Frank Hayden will preside on Canada Day

Frank Hayden has a rich sports history – he represents what sport can be in a community.

Burlington is also home to a number of notable sports figures including: Dr. Frank Hayden,founder of the International Special Olympics Movement; Melville Marks Robinson, founder of Commonwealth Games; Melanie Booth, Olympian-soccer; Angela Coughlan, Olympian-swimming and numerous professional and Olympic athletes and coaches.


A masterful freestyle swimmer, Coughlan was 16 when she won an Olympic bronze medal in Mexico in 1968 as part of Canada’s 4×100-metre relay team.

As such, sport is an important element of Burlington’s unique culture as it touches the lives of people young and old, of diverse cultures and geography.

Tuesday September 8, 2015
CAD (maximum, all inclusive)
For more information:
Kim Selman:  905-548-0111 |
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Burlington Bandits look to even playoff series with London Majors - Nelson Park at 7:30 pm

element_sportsBy Clinton Dixon and Justin Lethbridge

August 5, 2015


A huge comeback victory by the Burlington Bandits has given this first round series a whole new complexion. While the Majors have outscored Burlington all year, the Bandits have stuck around in most games including in Game 2. Despite losing 7-4, Burlington went toe-to-toe with London up until an eighth inning collapse.

A Bandits win on Thursday would even the series but it won’t come easily. Especially if London turns to Oscar Perez to pitch. Perez was not only their season leader in Strikeouts with 49 and 2nd on the team in wins with six, both marks good for 3rd in the league, but is 3-0 with 17 Strikeouts against Burlington this year.

Bandits Burlington players celebrate the end of a double-header

Will the Bandits be able to do the high fives Thursday night when the game is over. They have a solid chance of evening up the series.

While London has outhit the Bandits so far this series, Burlington’s 12 runs in the 9th inning of game three gives them the momentum. The last two games have shown Burlington that they can hold their own and if the Bandits can get it an early lead in game four, it could give them the confidence they need to overcome the higher seeded Majors.

Two things are clear going into Thursday night’s game 4 between the London Majors and the Burlington Bandits in the Quarterfinals of the IBL Playoffs.

One is that there will be a lot of runs scored; the two teams have combined to score 40 runs in the first three games alone.

The other is that this series is a long way from over. After Tuesday night’s comeback in the ninth-inning by Burlington, the Bandits still find themselves trailing 2 games to 1, but with a revitalized team that will look to make some noise going forward.

“The Box Score doesn’t really show it, but we actually hit the ball hard all night,” said Coach Kyle MacKinnon, who admits that the team was starting to become frustrated after not being rewarded for their good approach at the plate. “Once it did happen, the floodgates kind of busted open. Hopefully we can carry that over into Thursday night.”

If the Bandits do want to make a serious run at this series on Thursday night, they’re going to have to slow down two of the leagues hottest hitters – Cody Mombourquette and Paul Lytwynec, who have a combined batting average of .538 so far this series. The man who is tasked with slowing them down is Matthew St. Kitts.

Bandits Burlington's pitchers shut Toronto down

Is it an offensive game or a defensive game: the Bandits need to get early runs and then keep the momentum – they have been 9th inning heroes in the past though

St. Kitts gave up 8 hits and 6 runs before he was pulled in the middle of the fourth-inning when the two teams opened their series on July 31. Even though the numbers sound terrible, Coach MacKinnon isn’t worried. “I was talking with someone else in the league; they were saying that we’re probably in pretty good shape because they haven’t seen Matt St. Kitts have back-to-back bad starts. Now obviously you don’t want to bank on that, we’ve got to do our part as well, but it’s always good knowing that the rest of the league sees how good he is and hopefully he can bring it Thursday night.”

Giving St. Kitts that help will be Keith Kandel, Justin Gideon and Adam Odd, all three are new to the team this year. Gideon and Odd have been absolute superstars this season and this series especially. Adam Odd has hit 0.333 so far this series, while fellow IBL rookie Justin Gideon has hit an outstanding 0.571 with eight hits and three runs scored. Veteran Keith Kandel has been chipping in as well, batting 0.500 in the series so far, but it’s his leadership that’s helped the Bandits more than anything else so far.

“Keith Kandel, he’s our shortsop, he’s an import from the States. He’s played the last two years in Guelph and the year before that in Kitchener – so he knows what it’s like to be in the league and to go deep in the playoffs and make a run. He’s added a calming veteran influence to our team, which is nice.” Said Coach MacKinnon.

Bandits last gme 2013 - Dad and the boys

This is about to become an exciting series – will the public fill the stands?

All that’s left in Coack MacKinnon’s eyes is the bullpen. The Coach seems confident that the Bandits can win a close game if they take a lead into the eighth or ninth-inning, but is quick to point out that his middle-relievers need to step up and deliver on Thursday.

If they’re able to do their job, there is no reason that the Burlington Bandits couldn’t come from behind and shock the London Majors, but for now they’re going to take it one game at a time.

The game will get underway Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at Nelson Park.

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Bandits whip the London Majors in a 12-3 win that no one saw coming. Teams play again on Thursday in Burlington

element_sportsBy Staff

August 5, 2015


After two near death experiences the Burlington Bandits stuck it to the London Majors with a resounding 12 – 3 win in London last night.

Bandits womp Majors - box score

No one expected the Burlington Bandits to win against the London Majors in such a resounding way Tuesday evening

The Bandits have struggled with the London team all season. The win last night was the first for the Bandits.

Scott Robertson - in full array, is the owner of the Burlington Bandits and also co-chair of the This Magic Moment event.

Scott Robertson – in full array, is one of three Burlington Bandits owners.

The two teams meet again in Burlington at Nelson Park for a 7:30 game. Expect to see a pumped up team.

Part owner Scott Robinson will be wearing one of his flashier pair of trousers for this game.

Schedule for the balance of the quarter finals for the Bandits and the Majors|:

(4) London Majors vs (5) Burlington Bandits
London Leads Series 2-1
Game 1: Friday, July 31 @ London – LON 12-2 – Boxscore
Game 2: Monday, August 3 @ Burlington – LON 7-4 – Boxscore
Game 3: Tuesday, August 4 @ London – BUR 12-3 – Boxscore
Game 4: Thursday, August 6 @ Burlington; 7:30pm
Game 5: Friday, August 7 @ London; 7:35pm
*Game 6: Sunday, August 9 @ Burlington; 1pm
*Game 7: Monday, August 10 @ London; 7:35pm

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Burlington's Bandits gave the game a good try but they couldn't hold the London Majors

element_sportsBy Justin Lethbridge

August 3, 2015


Friday: – in London, Michael Ambrose and Brett Sabourin each homered and drove in two as the Majors beat the Burlington Bandits 12-2 in game 1 of their quarter-final series Friday night.

Both Ambrose and Sabourin finished with three hits and combined to score three runs.

London shortstop Paul Lytwynec had four hits, an RBI and run, centre-fielder Humberto Ruiz had three hits, two RBI and scored three times, first baseman Cleveland Brownlee drove in a pair, second baseman Cody Mombourquette had three hits and three runs, and Chris McQueen added two hits and two runs.

Luis Pina (1-0) went seven innings for the win, giving up two runs on three hits, walking three and striking out two.
That was the first game of the quarter finals in the InterCounty Baseball League where Burlington is battling the London Majors.

Monday: The Burlington Bandits put up a good fight but dropped game two 7-4 to the London Majors. Unlike the first game in their best-of-seven playoff, the Bandits gave London all they could handle on Monday night.


Pitcher Rick Corrente came out in the 7th inning

After going down 1-0 early, the Bandits fired back in the bottom of the first. First basemen Jim Martin hit a ball right to the back fence to bring two runners in and give Burlington their first lead of the series. Shortstop Keith Kandel would add to the lead in the 2nd inning with a home run.

While the Majors would answer with runs in the 3rd and 5th innings to tie the game, the Bandits pitcher Steven Dressler held his team in the game. Through six innings of work, he gave up six hits and three runs while striking out three batters for a 4.50 ERA. Unfortunately for the Bandits, London’s Oscar Perez was better. Through eight innings, Perez allowed only six hits and four runs while earning eight strikeouts for the win.

With the score tied at 3-3 in the 8th, Bandits pitcher Rich Corrente would allow four runs on four hits to give the Majors the 7-3 lead. The Bandits wouldn’t go down without a fight, scoring a run in the 9th while loading the bases three times in the final two innings. They just weren’t able to capitalize and now face a two game deficit in the series.

Game three is at 7:35pm, Tuesday August 4th in London before the series returns to Nelson Park for game four on Thursday at 7:30pm. For up-to-date information on all the playoff action, go to

Portions of this report were taken from the IBL web site

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Brandon Wagner to be the Burlington Torch bearer for the Pan Am Parapan Games

element_sportsBy Pepper Parr

July 30th, 2015


Wheelchair Basketball Parathlete, Brandon Wagner is going to be the Burlington community torchbearer for the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay.

Wagner Brandon with Mayor

Brandon Wagner being celebrated by Mayor Rick Goldring

The torch relay will visit Burlington on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

The Parapan Am Games Torch Relay is a five-day inspirational journey of more than 250 torchbearers who will share the Parapan Am spirit in 12 communities. The torch relay is one of the most exciting events as it sets the stage leading up to what
will be the largest Parapan Am Games ever held.

The aluminum torch stands 65 centimetres high and weighs 1.2 kilograms (or roughly the same weight as a baseball bat). With a burn time of 10 to 12 minutes, the flame can withstand winds of up to 70 kilometres per hour and is visible in all kinds of weather conditions.

The torch relay will invite communities to celebrate and share the Parapan Am
spirit throughout its five-day journey towards Toronto, the Host City of the Games.

The torch relay starts Aug. 3, 2015, and concludes Aug. 7, 2015, with the dramatic lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto.

Burlington has many reasons to be proud of Wagner – he is a joy to watch when he is on a basketball court.

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Burlington Bandits Playoff Preview; can they take the London Majors?; they've failed to do that so far this season.

element_sportsBy Justin Lethbridge

July 31, 2015


Despite dropping their last four games, the Burlington Bandits managed to hold onto 5th place at the end of the IBL season with a final record of 15-21.

Bandits Burlington players celebrate the end of a double-header

Bandits whooping it up after a recent win – can they take that approach into the finals?

The Bandits started the year off on an abysmal 1-7 start but managed to claw their way up the standings. A 7-1 run in mid July is the biggest factor in their final seeding. The run included three wins against Toronto, who also finished 15-21, which gave Burlington the tiebreaker in the standings.

Unfortunately Burlington draws the London Majors in the first round. The Bandits went 0-5 against London this season and while a single run decided two of those games, the other three were blowouts. London handed Burlington a 10-1 pounding on the first game of the season and outscored the Bandits 39-19 through five games.

There is a bit of hope, however, as in three of their five meetings Burlington had an early lead. Even with an 8-0 3rd inning lead on July 9th, the Bandits have been unable to pick up a win against the Majors.

Bandit Gideon

Justin Gideon earned 32 runs for the Bandits

The Bandits must continue to get strong hitting from OF Justin Gideon whose 32 runs are the most from either team and tied for fourth in the league. London has the edge in the pitching battle as Oscar Perez and his 49 SO helped the Majors to a 3.97 ERA compared to Burlington’s 6.14 ERA.

This series marks Burlington’s return to the playoffs after missing out last year.

The best-of-seven series begins Friday, July 31st in London with game two in Burlington on Monday, August 3rd.

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Bandits will play either London or Brantford in the baseball playoffs - chances are better against Brantford

element_sportsBy Justin Lethbridge

July 28, 2015


The playoff seeding for the Intercounty Baseball League hasn’t been confirmed yet; there are two games tonight that could change who would play who.

Bandits Burlington players celebrate the end of a double-header

The Bandits whoop it up after a win – going into the playoffs might we see this more often?


If Toronto wins their game against London tonight then Burlington would play Brantford in the playoffs.

If Toronto loses their game then Burlington would play London.

It looks like the Playoffs will start Thursday August 6th with Burlington having their first playoff game on the 7th

The Bandits might want to pull for Toronto this evening – their record with London hasn’t been that strong.

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Bandits lose their last home game of the regular season - they proved to be easy prey for Kitchener Panthers

SportsBy Justin Lethbridge
July 25, 2015

Despite stretches of great play, the Bandits were handily beaten by 2nd place Kitchener 9-3 in their final home game of the season. While both teams struggled with the gusty conditions at Nelson Park, Kitchener stuck to hard, ground hits to get players on base and wear the Bandits down.

The Bandits were swinging – they just weren’t hitting the ball.

Kitchener got off to a quick start in the 1st inning thanks to four earned runs. Despite a poor first, Bandits pitcher Brandon Nemeti upped his play and allowed only three hits and one run over the next six innings to finish the game with a 9.82 ERA in seven innings of work.

Bandits - Adam Odd - batter of week

The home town crowd would have liked to see a win at the last home game of the season – it wasn’t to be. Last game of the regular season is against Toronto in Toronto

The Bandits would score off a wild pitch in the 3rd inning before the teams went scoreless through the next two innings. Although Kitchener increased their lead to 5-1 in the 6th, a Justin Gideon two-run blast in bottom of the inning narrowed the lead to 5-3.

That was as close as Burlington would get as the Panthers would add two runs in the 8th and hit back-to-back home runs to the exact same spot in the 9th.

Panthers First baseman Sean Reilly was especially potent with three runs and two RBI’s in five AB’s.

Burlington’s last game of the season on Monday night at 7:30pm as they hope to break a three game losing streak in Toronto against the Maple Leafs.

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Losing to the Majors on Friday puts the Bandits in a tight spot for the playoffs - going to be tough to get past the first round.

SportsBy Staff
July 25, 2015

Baseball - player at bat with lights

The crack of the bat hitting the ball during a cool quiet evening when the game is played under lights is about as nice as it can get.

Whatever wind the Burlington Bandits had in their sails that carried them through a six game winning streak seems to have gotten away from them, – they lost 6 – 1 to the Majors In London Friday night

Luis Pina threw a complete game five-hitter to shut down the Bandits in a game that saw the London lefty improve to 7-2 this season after allowing one run – striking out five and walking four.

At the plate, first baseman Cleveland Brownlee had two hits and drove in four, while shortstop Paul Lytwynec added three hits and scored a run.
Third baseman Kenta Nishii hit a solo home run.

London improved to 18-15 after its third straight victory.

Burlington shortstop Keith Kandel had two of the Bandits’ five hits, and first baseman Kevin Hussey singled and scored the Bandits’ run.

Matthew St. Kitts (1-2) went 6.2 innings in the loss, allowing four earned runs on eight hits, striking out eight and walking two.

Burlington dropped to 15-19.

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Burlington Bandits face a major test on Friday when they go up against the London team

element_sportsBy Justin Lethbridge

July 24, 2015


On the strength of three straight wins over Toronto, the Burlington Bandits made a run up the Intercounty Baseball League standings ladder. While that six game winning streak came to an end Thursday against Hamilton, the Bandits earned a 1.5  game lead on Toronto for 5th place in league standing.

If the standings hold, Friday night’s game against the London Majors will be a preview of the first round of the playoffs.

A win would do little in the standings, the Bandits need to beat London to gain a bit of momentum and confidence ahead of the playoff series.

Baseball - player at bat with lightsThrough four games this year Burlington has been unable to beat the London Majors. Even with a 8 – 0 3rd inning lead over the Majors in their last meeting, Burlington was unable to seal the deal as they lost 11-12.

Despite early leads in their last three meetings, the Bandits have been unable to hold London off the scoreboard and have been outscored 32-18.

It’s a trend that Burlington needs to snap in London  Friday night.


Hamilton snaps Bandits six game winning streak.

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Hamilton Cardinals snap the Burlington Bandits six game winning streak

SportsBy Justin Lethbridge
July 24, 2015

The Bandits were unable to muster much offence in a 7-1 loss against rival Hamilton Thursday night. Despite the score it was a very defensive affair for most of the game as the teams combined for only 13 hits.

Bandit pitchingBurlington pitcher Steven Dressler was great through seven innings despite allowing six runs on seven hits to go along with five strikeouts. A couple of errors resulted in a sloppy 4th inning that allowed Hamilton to score six times on only five hits, all while the Cardinals had two outs.

Adam Odd hit a home run in 5th inning to get Burlington on the board but they were unable to solve Hamilton’s Tim Black. Through just over eight innings of work he allowed only three hits and one run while earning 4 strikeouts.

The loss snaps Burlington’s six game winning streak, a run that has seen them vault over the Toronto Maple Leaf’s for fourth in the League.

With only a few games left before the playoffs, Barrie sits in 1st followed by Kitchener in 2nd, Brantford in 3rd, London in 4th, Burlington in 5th,Toronto in 6th, Hamilton in 7th and Guelph in 8th.

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Bandits outlast Toronto and take the first part of a double header 5-4

element_sportsCBy Justin Lethbridge

July 18th, 2015



On a humid Saturday afternoon at Nelson Park, the Burlington Bandits overcame the tough Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in the first game of a double-header. Both teams got off to a slow start but still managed to have an exciting seven-inning game.

Bandits Burlington's pitchers shut Toronto down

Bandit pitching was steady – but it was the batters that took the game.

Toronto finally broke through the great pitching of Burlington’s Steven Dressier in the fifth, scoring the games first run. The Maple Leaf’s followed it up by bringing two more runs in with the bases loaded. Burlington would fire back in the sixth with a home run. Than, with two on base, Jim Martin stepped up and hit a ball right to the fence to bring two runners in to even the game. Immediately afterwards Toronto changed pitchers to no avail as Martin would score on the next hit to take the lead.

The Maple Leafs would tie it up at 4-4 but weren’t able to take the lead in the seventh inning allowing Burlington up to bat needing a single run to win. After a bunt and wild pitch, a deep hit brought in the winning run for the Bandits.

Burlington would go into the break with the momentum as they looked to make up more ground on Toronto in the standings.

After the first game the Bandits were 1.5 games back of the Maple Leafs for fifth in the league.

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Burlington Bandits wallop the Hamilton Cardinals in a 26-10 win on a night when the wind certainly helped the Bandits

element_sportsCBy Justin Lethbridge

July 18, 2015



It was a great night for the Burlington Bandits: at the bottom of the 4th inning the Bandits had an 11 run lead en route to a lopsided 26-10 victory over the Hamilton Cardinals, Friday night in Hamilton.

Bandits batter

The Bandits kept hitting the ball –

The Burlington Bandits pounded out 30 hits in a 26-10 win over the Cardinals Friday night.

Burlington centre-fielder Shaun Cooper had a home run, five RBI and three runs in the win. He added two doubles and a single.

Infielder Jim Martin had three hits, including a home run, six RBI and three runs. Jordan Boston had a home run, single, two RBI and three runs.

Kevin Hussey had five hits and drove in three and scored three times. Designated hitter Tyler Hardie went 3-for-7 with three RBI and two runs, while second baseman George Halim had five hits and three runs.

Right-fielder Justin Gideon had two hits, two RBI and three runs, and shortstop Keith Kandel had four hits and scored three runs.

The wind seemed to pick up in the 3rd inning and carry three consecutive deep hits by Burlington over the fence for runs.

Despite a Cardinal pitching change in the 3rd, the Bandits piled on the runs in a huge 4th inning that blew the game wide open. They continued to load the bases and bring runs in forced a second change in pitchers. Even than, the Bandits tacked on 4 more runs before a fly ball mercifully ended the onslaught with the score 18-4.

Bandits game 26 - 10 July 17

– and they kept getting from base to base until they had a 26 – 10 win in their hands.

While the 10 runs scored by the Cardinals would be more than enough for a victory on almost any other night, poor pitching put them in a hole. Burlington had a whooping 30 hits in a game that went well over three hours. Burlington was led by Jim Martin’s three runs and six RBI’s.

With the victory the Bandits pulled two games up on the Cardinals with only seven games left before the playoffs. Burlington’s next two games come in a double-header against Toronto at Nelson Park on Saturday July 18th.

Barrie still has a firm hold on 1st place in the league with Kitchener in 2nd, Brantford in 3rd, London in 4th, Toronto in 5th, Burlington in 6th, Hamilton in 7th and Guelph in 8th.

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Outdoor Pools Closed Friday, July 17, 2015

News 100 redBy Staff

July 17, 2015

Mountainside Pool, Nelson and LaSalle Wading Pools now closed for the day due to rainy conditions.

No snow?  There are always swimming pools.  Check out the available programs and register for a spot.

Pools closed due to the amount of rain that has fallen.

Outdoor pools will reopen Saturday July 18, 2015 weather dependant.

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