Disappointing End To Metros’ Outstanding Season

The Niagara Metros’ outstanding 2014 season came to a disappointing end yesterday in Milton. The Metros won their first game, but then dropped two straight to be eliminated from the Central Ontario Major Baseball Playoffs, and end their bid to become the first Playoff “3-peat team” since 1990. On Saturday, the teams played through a mixture of rain/mist/cold, and Niagara split a pair of games…winning 12-4 over Oakville, before dropping a 7-4 decision against Erindale. Then Sunday, under bright skies, the Metros were shut down by the Burlington Brants to the tune of a 4-2 count, thus ending their season.

In Saturday’s 12-4 win over Oakville, Niagara gave up 3 first-inning runs, and trailed 4-1 going into the bottom of the 2nd. But the Metros batted around to score 7 times in that decisive 2nd, and won going away. Geoff Strong started and went the distance to pick up the win for Niagara. Strong bent, but didn’t break, as he settled in after a rocky first couple of innings. The righthander gave up 4 runs, on 9 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 7. Marc Walton was the starter and loser for Oakville.

Niagara was, once again, led by Dave Davidson, who has been on an incredible roll since the Elimination Tourney two weeks ago. Davidson clubbed a Grand Slam HR and an RBI-single for a 5-RBI day. Chris Pickles added 3 hits and 3 RBI’s to the Metros’ offense, while Jono Marcheterre doubled and singled. Andrew Sorochan and Chris Anderi singled twice each, while Jonathan Paul rounded out Niagara’s 12-hit offense with a single. Anthony Vacca drove in two runs with a pair of Sac Flies. Jeff Jarockis hit a 2-run double and a single to lead the A’s attack.

The win over Oakville put the Metros’ into a 2nd round game against the Erindale Cardinals, who defeated the Milton Red Sox in game 1. Niagara sent Paul McKenna to the hill for the last time, as he is set to leave for the National Championships with Mississauga on Wednesday. But the Cardinals were up to the challenge on this day. With the wind blowing out, they clubbed three HR’s off the Metros’ talented righthander…the first HR’s allowed all season by the Metros’ “ace”. McKenna’s final line read: 4 innings, 7 runs, 9 hits, 2 walks, and 2 K’s. Dan Veres relieved McKenna in the 5th, and tossed 3 innings of shutout relief, giving up 1 hit and 1 walk, while striking out 2. Dan Estey went the distance to pick up the win for Erindale.

Jon Amendola hit a pair of HR’s for the Cardinals, while Chris Novia added the other. John DeWolfe and Geoff Cullen singled twice each. For Niagara, Davidson was again the catalyst, clubbing yet another HR (a 2-run shot) and a single. It was the 4th straight game that Davidson has homered, and increased his season total to 12. Andrew Sorochan hit a pair of singles, while Jonathan Paul cracked an RBI-double. Jono Marcheterre also doubled, while Chris Anderi, Anthony Vacca, Ricky Ferri and Taylor Anderson all singled. Chris Pickles added an RBI-groundout.

The loss versus Erindale, meant Niagara would have to make a return trip to Milton on Sunday to take on the Burlington Brants, with the winner advancing to next weekend’s “Final Four” tourney. And while Niagara got some good pitching from Brandon Beattie and Lukas Burch, the offense couldn’t solve Brant’s starter Trevor Woodjetts. The final was 4-2 for Burlington. Woodjetts went the distance, allowing two runs and 7 hits, while striking out 8. Beattie started for the Metros and went the first 4 1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs (2 earned). He gave up just 4 hits…but 5 walks and 2 errors by the Metros’ infield, sealed his fate. Burch came in and tossed 2 and 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing no hits, 2 walks, and striking out 1.

Rob Spiak and Brock Marshall each had RBI-singles to lead the Brants. Anthony Vacca hit a pair of doubles to pace the Metros’ 7-hit offense, while Chris Pickles added a pair of singles and an RBI. Chris Anderi doubled, Jono Marcheterre chipped in with an RBI-single, and Jonathan Paul added a single. Burlington, with the win, joined Etobicoke, Erindale, and Brampton as the competitors in next weekend’s C.O.M.B.L. Playoff Championship.

As for the Metros, the loss to Burlington meant that their 2014 season ended in disappointing fashion. However, in looking back, the team did have one of it’s best years ever. The team’s 31-13-1 record was the 2nd best, in terms of winning percentage, in their history. They won their (league record) 14th Johnson Division title, as well as the Vaughan Tournament Championship, back in June. And their 12-2 record over the course of their three 2014 tournaments is the best in the team’s history, as well.

Metros Finish Regular Season With Loss In Burlington

The Niagara Metros ended their regular season on a losing note last night, as they went into Burlington and “took it on the chin” to the tune of a 10-4 score. The Brants outhit the Metros 14-11, while not committing an error (the Metros made 3), as both teams played their final game of the COBA Major League regular season. Niagara actually led the game 3-0 after 4 innings, as starter Brandon Beattie kept the Brants off the scoreboard. But Burlington roughed up relievers Noah Anderson and AJ Clark, scoring all 10 of their runs in the 5th, 6th and 7th innings, before Lukas Burch pitched a scoreless 8th. Beattie’s final line read: 4 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts. Anderson took the loss going 2 innings, and allowing 6 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, walking 1 and striking out 1. Clark, meanwhile, pitched 1 inning and gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks, striking out 1. Burch allowed one hit and struck out one, in his inning of work. Cam Ryerson, the 2nd of 3 Brants pitchers, picked up the win.

Tim Sogan, having just been named to the Mississauga Twins’ roster for the Senior Nationals, showed why…as he collected a HR and 3 singles, along with 3 RBI’s, to lead Burlington at the plate. For Niagara, Dave Davidson continued his impressive run…going 3 for 4 with a 2-run HR (his 10th of the season). Chris Pickles added a pair of singles and an RBI to the Metros’ offense, while Taylor Anderson doubled. Chris Anderi (RBI), Jonathan Paul, Andrew Sorochan, Wil Nicholson, and Brandon Beattie all collected singles.

The loss makes Niagara’s final regular season record 18-9-1, for 37 points…12 points ahead of the 2nd place Milton Red Sox in the Johnson Division. With their 2nd place finish in the overall standings already locked in, the Metros know that they will take on the 7th place Oakville A’s in game 1 of the League Playoff Tournament, which begins this coming Saturday at 10:00 AM in Milton. The team will then play another game later on Saturday against either Milton or Erindale. A pair of wins this weekend will move them into the “Final 4”, which takes place the following weekend (August 23-24), also back in Milton.

Davidson, McKenna Lead Metros To Romp Over A’s

The Niagara Metros got a huge game from red-hot Dave Davidson, along with a complete game victory from Paul McKenna, as they downed the Oakville A’s 11-2, in Oakville last night. Davidson, who has had a history of big games at Oakville Park, clubbed 2 HR’s (to give him 9 on the year), a double, a single, and added a Sac Fly for his 6th RBI of the evening. His 4 for 4 night raised his season batting average 25 points, and his 6 RBI’s put him over the milestone mark of 30 for the second straight year. McKenna, who last week got word that he was being added to the Mississauga Twins Nationals roster, went the complete game (his 4th of the season), and gave up just a pair of runs, to improve his record to 5-3. Niagara scored early and often in this one, as they collected 3 first-inning runs, and 4 more in the 3rd, to open up a 7-0 lead. They upped the lead to 8-0, before Oakville got on the board with a pair in the 6th. The visitors then added 3 more in the 7th, to cap the scoring.

In addition to Davidson’s big game, the Metros’ 15 hit attack included a triple and 2 singles by leadoff hitter Phil Steer, as well as a 3-hit night by Chris Anderi. Ricky Ferri chipped in with a double, single and 3 RBI’s, while Taylor Anderson added a pair of singles, and Evan Baglieri doubled. Tom Biskup and Mike Modestino had a pair of singles each, to lead the A’s offense. As mentioned, McKenna went the distance allowing 2 runs on 10 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 4. Starter Andrew Kotulak, the first of 3 Oakville pitchers, took the loss.

The win improved Niagara’s season record to 18-8-1, with one regular season game left. That game will be Wednesday evening, 7:30, at Nelson Park in Burlington. The league Playoffs will begin on Saturday, as the 7 teams (not Mississauga, as they will be competing at Nationals) will square off in Milton in the annual 2-weekend tournament. The Metros, having clinched second place, will face off against the 7th place team sometime on Saturday. As soon as we receive word on the exact schedule, we’ll pass it along.

Metros Come Up Short At The 2014 Elimination Tourney

The Niagara Metros played 5 pretty good ball games this past weekend in Windsor. But in the end it wasn’t enough, as the team came up a bit short of their goal of making it to the National Championships. The Metros wound up with a record of 3 and 2, to finish in a tie for 6th place in the very tough tourney. And it was one of their strengths all season long that led to their demise…their offense. Niagara came into the tournament with a .325 team batting average, but managed to hit just .240 at the Elims, scoring just 18 runs in the 5 games. Their 6th place finish left the Metros in the exact same place they finished the tourney in 2013, and although the team was disappointed with their finish, they were not disappointed with their play.

One of the reasons that the team struggled to score runs was the opposition pitching that they ran into. And no where was that more evident than in game one, versus the defending Provincial Champion Mississauga Twins. The Metros ran into a buzz saw named Billy Hurley for the Twins…and the young righthander was nearly perfect. He outduelled Dan Veres, who also tossed a great game. Hurley tossed the complete game shutout, allowing just 3 singles and a walk, and retired the last 11 Metros hitters in order to lock down the win. Veres allowed only 4 hits himself, but three of them came in consecutive order in the 4th. With one out, Brendan Emmett singled and then Sean Bignall and Jerome Smith hit back-to-back HR’s, to account for all the runs in the game. As mentioned, the Metros managed just 3 singles…off the bats of Phil Steer, Dave Davidson, and Jordan Grant.

With the opening round loss, the Niagara Metros found themselves in a “must-win” game against the Etobicoke Rangers on Saturday morning. The Rangers have dominated the C.O.M.B.L. this season, and have already clinched the league pennant…so advancing in the tournament would be no easy task. The Metros did manage to come out on top, however, as they scored 3 times in the 4th inning to down the Rangers 3-1. The story of the game was the work of Paul McKenna on the mound for Niagara. McKenna kept the hard-hitting Rangers off-balance all game, and finished up with a complete game 7-hitter for the win. The righthander’s final line read: 7 innings, 7 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Starter Gary Rose took the loss for Etobicoke.

The Metros trailed in the game 1-0 going into the 4th inning, but got a single from Ricky Ferri before Dave Davidson unloaded for a big 2-run HR, to give the team the lead. They extended that lead to 2 runs in the same inning, as Jordan Grant walked and Taylor Anderson was hit by a pitch…before Jono Marcheterre drove home the 3rd run with a single. McKenna took care of the rest. Grant and Jonathan Paul rounded out Niagara’s 5-hit offense, while Ryan Panas doubled and singled twice to lead the Rangers.

The win over Etobicoke sent the Metros into a pivotal matchup with the Sania Braves, who had previously eliminated the Milton Red Sox, with a 10-0 shutout. Niagara sent Geoff Strong to the hill in this one..and he responded with a third straight complete game, as the Metros won 6-2. Strong was in control of this one, as he gave up just 6 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 5, to pick up his 5th win of the year (against 1 loss). He defeated Sarnia starter Anthony Shepherd. The Metros’ offense finally came alive in game 3, as the team collected 8 hits. Anthony Vacca led the way with a pair of singles and a 2-run HR, while Phil Steer added an RBI-double. Evan Baglieri also doubled, while Ricky Ferri added an RBI-single. Dave Davidson and Chris Anderi rounded out the offense with singles, and Jordan Grant chipped in with an RBI-groundout. James Grant hd two RBI-singles for Sarnia.

In the wildest game of the weekend, the Metros met their league rivals, the Erindale Cardinals. The see-saw affair ended up in a 6-3 victory for the Metros…but not before some amazing, wild, and bizarre plays that made this a memorable game. With the score tied at 1 after the 4th inning, things got a little crazy in the 5th. The Metros scored a pair of runs in the top of the inning to take a 3-1 lead. But in the bottom of the 5th, the Cardinals scored a pair of runs to tie the game, and then worked themselves into a bases-loaded, none out situation. With their tournament on the line, the Metros brought the infield in, and got a ground ball to 2nd base. Taylor Anderson threw home to get the out at the plate, but the other Cardinal runners froze on the basepaths perhaps assuming that the out removed the force. Catcher Wil Nicholson, noticing the Erindale base-running blunder, threw to 3rd where the runner was eventually tagged out. The Metros’ infield then threw to second, to force out the runner from 1B, to complete the triple play, and get out of the inning without any further damage. It was the first triple play turned by the Metros in club history.

The play was an obvious turning point in the game, as the Metros went on to score 3 runs in the 7th and pull out a 6-3 vicory. Niagara collected 10 hits in the game, with Dave Davidson once again leading the way. He collected a double and 2 singles, along with an RBI. Phil Steer hit an RBI-double and a single, while Taylor Anderson singled twice for an RBI. Evan Baglieri hit a big RBI-triple in the Metros’ 7th inning rally. Ricky Ferri added an RBI-single and Jonathan Paul doubled to round out the Metros’ offense. Geoff Cullen collected a single and a 2-run double for Erindale.

Brandon Beattie picked up the win in relief of starter Justin Ayles in this one. Ayles went 4+ innings, and gave up 3 runs on 7 hits, walking 4 and striking out 2. Matt Watson relieved Ayles in the 5th, but gave up a single and hit a batter, before turning it over to Beattie. After inducing the ground ball that led to the Metros’ triple play, Beattie tossed 2 more innings to seal the win. In his 3 innings total, he allowed no runs and just 1 hit, while striking out 3.

The win over Erindale sent the Metros into a game versus the Pickering Red Sox, with the winner advancing to the “Final 5”. But Pickering starter Brad Binns made sure that the Metros’ tourney would end here. Binns went the distance on a 4-hitter, as the Red Sox downed Niagara 6-3. Brandon Beattie started the game for Niagara, but did not have the same results that he had in his previous outing, an hour before versus Erindale. Beattie went 3 1/3 innings and gave up 6 hits and 5 runs (4 earned), walking 2 and striking out 2. Matt Watson tossed an inning, and allowed a run on 3 hits, before Lukas Burch entered in the 5th. Burch was perfect in his 1 2/3 innings, with 1 “K”.

As mentioned, the Metros managed just 4 hits in the game, and were led by Phil Steer and Taylor Anderson, who picked up RBI-singles each. Dave Davidson doubled and Anthony Vacca singled to round out the Metros’ offense. Mike Drzazga doubled and singled to drive in 2 runs for Pickering.

With the loss to Pickering, the Metros’ tourney was over. Niagara, as mentioned, batted .240 over the weekend and this “power outage” was the main culprit in the team’s exit. Dave Davidson led the offense with a very good .467 tournament average, while Taylor Anderson batted .300. On the other side of the ball, the team allowed just 15 runs (14 earned) for a solid 3.60 team ERA, and committed just 3 errors in the 5 games. The tourney was eventually won by the Tecumseh Thunder, who defeated the Mississauga Twins in the finals. The Thunder and the Twins will be going to Nationals to represent the province of Ontario. Congratulations to both teams (especially our league-mates, the Twins) on their success! As for the Metros, they still have 3 league games left to play, before the Playoffs start on August 16th. The first of those games is Wednesday evening, as they travel to Burlington for a game with the Brants. They then return to George Taylor Field for their final home game of the season…that’s Thursday evening at 7:30, versus the Milton Red Sox.

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95 Jets Finish 3rd in U21 Provincial

The St Catharines 1995 Jets finished tied for 3rd in their first season of the OWSL U21 Provincial Division, the highest level division in the Province with a 5 and 5 record. After an 0-2 start the Jets won 3 straight to climb out of the basement. Kristen Farkas led the team in goals scored with 7 goals and 3rd best in the league followed by Aly Klein with 4 goals and 5th best in the league. Other goals scorers were Crystal Elmers, Kara Ross and Rachel Haine with one each.

Carlee Bennard earned 3 shut-outs , 3rd best in the league.

Playing solid on defense all season long were Jessica Minor, Selena Innamorati, Kristina Strojin, and Sierra Volpe.

This 3rd place finish has again earned the Jets a spot in the U21 Provincial division for 2015, which will be the 5th time in the last 6 season the 95 Jets have played at the highest level.

In 2015 the Jets look forward to a couple key additions to their line-up and challenge for top spot. Try-outs will take place over the Christmas Break.

( Photo, Jessica Minor going in for the tackle)

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Vasko leads Niagara United 99 Chaos to third straight win over Saltfleet B

On Thursday July 17th, the Teamsters Local 879 Chaos girls were playing Saltfleet’s B team for the third time in five day. Although Niagara had won the two previous matches, this one was for important league points.

Niagara had set the tone early in the match, controlling the ground game creating a number of chances for themselves in the first half, while Saltfleet continued their game plan of hitting the ball up field to their strikers, hoping the capitalize on a chance. Both teams back fields and keepers were up for the challenge of the first half as Caitlyne Kissmann of Niagara attacked the ball in her 18 yard box, swallowing up any chances, while the Saltfleet keeper made key save including a last play of the first half penalty kick, where she made a massive save on Chaos’ leading goal scorer Alexa Vasko.

With approximately 20 minutes to play in the match, Saltfleet B scored on a Niagara missed chance to clear the ball from just inside of the 18 yard line. One might have thought with such little time left in the game, that was sure to be the game winner as both teams back lines had tightened up. But a no quit attitude from the Chaos girls flustered the Saltfleet B squad across the whole pitch and Niagara played with a vengeance. With approximately 12 minutes to play, and Saltfleet B playing to protect their win, Alexa Vasko playing with nothing but heart and fire, continued her attack on Saltfleet B’s back field. Vasko dribble across the top of the 18, from left to right, and shelved the ball in the top right corner of the net, to tie the match.

With Saltfleet B stunned at the revelation that their win had slipped away, Niagara continued to pour on the pressure and with two minutes left in the match, Vasko struck again, burying the ball in to the back of the net during a scramble in front of the Saltfleet B keeper. Saltfeet B refused to quit as well, countering right away and attacking the Chaos net. Kissmann was nothing short of spectacular, make two game saving saves in the last two minutes. One, a left to right dive, where she punched out a sure goal, past he outside post. Kissmann came up huge once more, showing her athleticism and jumping high to punch a threatening Saltfleet B strike from outside of the 18.

The final whistle blew after a couple of minutes of injury time, solidifying one of Niagara’s most satisfying wins while gaining an important 3 points over Saltfleet B. It’s sure to be a long season, shuffling for position in the standings, as every team knows everything about each other, and needs to show up to play 90 minutes, every game.

Niagara’s next game is Wednesday July 30th in Mississauga to play Dixie, hoping to avenge a 4-2 loss to Dixie during the first game of the season.

***Photo Caption*** Niagara United’s back line defend Saltfleet B’s attempt to attack at midfield.

Baglieri’s 5 Hits And 5 Rbi’s Lead Metros Past Cardinals

Evan Baglieri’s 5th hit of the night was a 3-run HR in the 8th inning, and that was the difference in the Niagara Metros’ 12-9 win over the Erindale Cardinals at 9th Line Park, last night. Baglieri had collected 4 singles before his tape-measure shot in the 8th, and in all he totaled 5 RBI’s, 4 Runs, and a stolen base. And the Metros’ needed all of the offense they produced, as the Cardinals would not go away. Niagara had opened a 5-4 lead through 3 innings and expanded that lead to 7-4 in the 5th. But the Cards plated 4 runs in the bottom of the 5th to make it 8-7. Once again Niagara tied it with a single run in the 6th and took the lead with another in the 7th, but Erindale tied it at 9 in the bottom of the 7th. That set the scene for Baglieri’s heroics in the 8th. The Metros outhit the Cardinals 14-11 on the night.

In addition to Baglieri’s work, the Metros got a nice game from Jono Marcheterre, who doubled and singled to drive in 3 runs, while Chris Anderi tripled and singled. Phil Steer clubbed a 2-run HR, and Anthony Vacca, Ricky Ferri, Jordan Grant, and Taylor Anderson all chipped in with singles. Jon Amendola had 3 hits to lead the Cardinals’ offense, while John DeWolfe doubled and singled for an RBI. Aaron Palmer added a pair of RBI-singles.

Both teams emptied their bullpens in this one, as they were trying to get pitchers some work before the Elimination Tourney, this weekend. The winner was Noah Anderson, the 4th of 5 Metros’ hurlers. Dan Veres started and went 2 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits and a walk, while striking out 2. Lukas Burch tossed the 3rd and 4th innings, and gave up a run and 3 hits, walking 1 and striking out 1. Next up was A.J. Clark, and he also tossed 2 innings. A.J. was touched for 4 runs, on 3 hits and 3 walks. Winner Anderson pitched the 7th inning and gave up an unearned run on 2 walks and a single, striking out 1. Matt Watson pitched the final 2 innings and was impressive, giving up 0 runs and just 1 hit, walking 1 and striking out 3. He earned his 3rd save of the season. Kevin Lucas went 4 innings for Erindale, but it was Dan Estey, the 4th Cards pitcher, that took the “L”.

The Metros, with the win, improve to 17-7-1 on the season and have locked up the Johnson Division title, with 3 regular season games remaining. The Cards drop to 9-17. As mentioned, next up for both teams is the prestigious Senior “AAA” Elimination Tournament in Windsor, this weekend. Of course, the winner of that tourney will represent the Province at the National Championships in St. John’s, Newfoundland, later in August.

 

Rangers Make Metros Pay For Mistakes In Comeback Win

The Niagara Metros couldn’t stand their own success, on Friday night at Connorvale Park. After taking an 8-1 lead, the Metros made 3 errors, and the Etobicoke Rangers made them pay, as the home team came from behind to win the game 11-9. Niagara’s errors all came with 2 out in the 5th, 6th and 8th innings, and Etobicoke’s potent offense took full advantage and scored 7 unearned runs, to steal the game. Both teams collected 14 hits on the night, although a few of the hits (for both teams) were of the “bad hop” variety.

The winning pitcher for the Rangers was Matt Cambria, who was the 3rd of 4 pitchers used by the home side. Guido Monis pitched a perfect 9th inning for the save. Reliever Justin Ayles took his 2nd loss (against 7 wins) on the season for Niagara. Starter Geoff Strong was staked to a lead, but was victimized by his team’s shoddy defense. Strong went 6 innings and allowed 11 hits and 8 runs (just 2 earned) while walking 2 and striking out 6. Ayles tossed the final 2 innings, and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 2.

Ryan Panas collected 3 hits and 3 RBI’s to lead the Etobicoke comeback, while Pip Murray-Smith added a double and single. For Niagara, Jonathan Paul led the way with 3 hits and and RBI. Phil Steer (RBI), Evan Baglieri (2 RBI’s), Jordan Grant, and Jono Marcheterre all collected a pair of singles, while Anthony Vacca (2 RBI’s), Ricky Ferri (RBI), and Taylor Anderson rounded out the offense with singles.

 

Brants Hang On To Edge Metros 6-5

The Burlington Brants scored 5 runs in the top of the 7th and then hung on, as they held off the surging Niagara Metros by a 6-5 count, last night at George Taylor Field. The win for the Brants not only broke off the Metros’ 10 game win streak, but also spoiled the party on “Kerry Hedden Appreciation Night”, as the Metros celebrated Kerry’s 25th year with the club in a short ceremony prior to the game. As mentioned, Burlington scored 5 runs in the 7th to take the lead 6-2, after the Metros had taken a brief 2-1 lead in the 6th. But Niagara did not quit, scoring 3 in the bottom of the 7th…narrowing the gap to 1. The home team then loaded the bases with less than 2 outs in both the 8th and the 9th innings, but could not get the big hit to take the lead and the win.

Chris Cooney went 7+ innings for the Brants and pitched a fine game for the win, as he held the Metros hitless into the 6th inning. He ended up allowing 5 runs (3 earned) on 3 hits. Jordan Rienzo pitched in and out of trouble in the 8th and 9th innings to register the save. Paul McKenna took the loss, going 6 2/3 innings. He allowed 6 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits, walking 1 and striking out 6. Noah Anderson went 1 1/3 innings, allowing 2 hits and a walk, while Brandon Beattie pitched a perfect 9th…striking out a pair. Burlington made 3 errors to the Metros’ 2, and all the errors impacted the scoreboard.

Burlington’s Andrew Pierce had a perfect night at the plate to lead the Brants’ offense, as he collected 3 singles and a walk. Mike Grilli and Justin Czorny had a pair of singles each. For Niagara, Anthony Vacca led the way with a double, single and 2 RBI’s. Jordan Grant doubled, while Ricky Ferri had a single and an RBI. The other hits, all singles, were picked up by Phil Steer, Evan Baglieri, and Jonathan Paul. Burlington outhit the Metros 11-7.