Justin Cicatello pitched a complete game and threw an astounding 192 pitches, which was good enough as the Leafs edged the Burlington Bandits 10-9 in Intercounty Baseball League play Saturday at Nelson Park in Burlington.
Cicatello allowed nine runs – just four earned – and 12 hits with eight walks and five strikeouts, hardly Hall of Fame numbers. But his gutsy and lengthy effort was good enough to give the Leafs (14-18) a badly needed win with a depleted Torontolineup.
“He was the man out there today and you have to give him credit for hanging in there so long,” Leaf owner Jack Dominico said. “He gave us all we had and we only had to use one pitcher, so that really helps us with a lot of games coming up.
“It was really a great performance when you realize how many pitches he threw. You can't say enough about a game like that for him.”
Cicatello improved to 4-0 with the win and got plenty of offensive support, as the Leafs bashed six home runs, including two by slugger Sean Reilly, who drove in three runs.
Branfy Arias also homered and his solo shot in the eighth turned out to be the game winner for Toronto. Arias wound up with three hits, three runs scored and three RBI.
Jon Waltenbury had his league-leading 14th homer for Toronto, leaving him three away from the IBL’s all-time single season record set by Kitchener's Kevin Curran in 1993, and had two hits, two RBI and two runs scored. Sean Mattson and Damon Topolie also homered for Toronto, as the Leafs had 13 hits.
Burlington starter Jack Dennis went six innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Reliever Michael Vanderlaan, the third of four Bandits pitchers, allowed Arias’ homer in the eighth and took the loss, also walking three batters.
Darryl Pui had three hits, scored three runs and drove in a run for Burlington (10-24). Nicki Studer had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run and Connor Panas also had two hits and two runs scored for the Bandits, who had 12 hits in the game.
Leafs play host to the Guelph Royals Sunday at 2 p.m. at Dominico Field at Christie Pits.