The Burlington Bandits take the London Majors in a tight, thrilling 12-11 game at Nelson Park

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON. May 13, 2013.  It was a thrilling way to open the season for the Burlington Bandits who took their first home game by a slim 1 run win in the final inning when  Paul Saville drove in the winning run with a double to cap a three-run ninth inning rally.

The host Bandits were up against the London Majors.

The Bandits scored three runs with one out in the ninth to steal the win from the Majors (0-2) in their first game of the season. Burlington trailed 10-4 after four innings but stormed back much to the delight of their hometown crowd.

The Burlington Bandits were pumped as they went into their Home Opener and beat the London Majors by a single run in the 9th inning.  Great baseball!

Saville drove in three runs and scored a run for the Bandits, while Jeff McLeod drove in three runs. Darryl Pui added a pair of RBI, while Kyle Morton added a solo homer for Burlington, which made five errors and won despite being out-hit 12-7.

Jason Pilkington started for the Bandits, going three innings. He allowed seven runs on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Reliever Matthew St. Kitts got the win, allowing one run on three hits over four innings, striking out four.

Adwin Springer homered and had two hits, three RBI and four runs scored for the Majors. Paul LaMantia had three hits, two runs scored and an RBI, while Derrik Strzalkowski drove in three runs for London.

London pitchers were badly hurt by 11 walks. Starter Cory Hammond went 5 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on three hits with five strikeouts and six walks. Ryan Lapensee was the loser, charged with six runs on three hits with three strikeouts and five walks in 3 1/3 innings.

NEXT: The Bandits play against the Brantford RedSocks, in Brantford on the 15th,  then the Barrie Baycats on Thursday the 16th at Nelson Park in Burlington and then meet the Kitchener Panthers on Saturday the 18th.  After that is on the road playing against Toronto Maple Leafs at Christie Pitts May 19th.

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