The Mississauga Southwest Twins got their COBA Major League season off to a hot start winning both of their scheduled games in Week 1. Their four points have them sitting in first in the overall COBA Major League Standings early in the season.
In their first game, the Twins locked horns with the Etobicoke Rangers. This was a very see-saw battle that saw a couple of lead changes before Mississauga was able to surge ahead and keep the lead for good winning this game 8-6.
Both teams jumped out of the gate quick in this one as Etobicoke put up three quick runs off of Twins starter Billy (Hoover) Hurley in the first inning. Not to be out done, Mississauga answered back with five runs in their half of the 1st with the big hit, a three-run homer, coming off the bat of Jerome Smith.
Etobicoke managed to tie the game up before Smith answered back again with another home run, a solo shot this time, in the seventh to put the Twins ahead for good. Paul McKenna, throwing three innings, took the win for the Twins while Kyle Angelow, who retired 11 of the 12 batters he faced, took the loss for Etobicoke.
Mississauga’s second game of the week saw them make the trip to St. Catharines to take on the Niagara Metros at George Taylor Field. This was a much tighter affair as the teams played a scoreless first four innings before Mississauga put up two runs un their half of the fifth inning on a two-run single by Smith.
The Twins added one more run in the seventh before Niagara put up a single run in the bottom of the eighth on a solid single by veteran Evan Baglieri. Mississauga was able to add one more run in the top of the ninth in taking the game by a score of 4-1. Smith had another hot night going 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs.
OF Sean Bignall was 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI while Anthony Fantauzzi was 2-for-5 with a double. Taylor Anderson had two hits in a losing cause for the Metros. Jordan Petruska with a strong start threw four innings in picking up the win for the Twins. He allowed no runs and one hit while striking out three. Brandon Beattie, the second of three Metros hurlers, took the loss on the mound.
Smith earned player of the week honors. For his week, he went 4 for 7 (.571) in nine plate appearances with two singles, and two home runs. He also walked once and was hit by a pitch while scoring twice times while amassing seven RBIs.
Zack Dickson (Oakville A’s)
2 Games, 5-for-11 (.455), four singles, double, two runs, stolen base.
Mark Capone (Etobicoke Rangers)
2 Games, 4-for-8 (.500), four singles, run, walk.
Week 1 of the regular season:
Monday May 4th
Oakville Park R H E
Erindale Cardinals (1-0) 9 16 1
Oakville A’s (0-1) 1 6 2
Winning Pitcher: Adam Forsey. Losing Pitcher – Gord Robertson
HR – Erindale: John Amendola.
Clarkson Park R H E
Etobicoke Rangers (0-1) 6 12 1
Mississauga SW Twins (1-0) 8 7 2
Winning Pitcher – Paul McKenna. Losing Pitcher – Kyle Angelow
Save – Eric Ventura
HR – Miss SW: Jerome Smith (2).
Nelson Park R H E
Milton Red Sox (0-1) 2 8 2
Burlington Brants (1-0) 6 8 1
Winning Pitcher – Cam McKnight. Losing Pitcher – Justin Volpato
HR – Milton: Kevin Cooper.
Dave Dash Park R H E
Oakville A’s (1-1) 8 10 1
Brampton Royals (0-1) 7 8 3
Winning Pitcher – Curtis Braun
Losing Pitcher – Joey Nonis
George Taylor Field R H E
Mississauga SW Twins (2-0) 4 10 4
Niagara Metros(0-1) 1 4 5
Winning Pitcher – Jordan Petruska. Losing Pitcher – Brandon Beattie
Save – Adam Banski.
Connorvale Park R H E
Erindale Cardinals (1-1) 3 4 1
Etobicoke Rangers (1-1) 4 7 2
Winning Pitcher – Gary Rose. Losing Pitcher – Dan Estey.
Milton Sports Complex
Brampton Royals vs. Milton Red Sox PPD rain