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Ball Leafs go 13 innings for big win

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There will be a fifth game in the Intercounty Baseball League final in London.

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Sean Reilly hit a solo home run to centre field in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 6-5 win over the London Majors at Christie Pits on Thursday to tie the best-of-five series at 2-2.

The Leafs are still alive in their quest for their first title since 2007 while the Majors will have to win the first October game in IBL history to win its first title since 1975.

The Majors opened the scoring in the top of the second on a solo home run to right field from Byron Reichstein off Toronto starter Justin Cicatello. In the fourth, Reichstein would his his second, this time to left-centre.

In the same inning, a single by Carlos Artiaga allowed Hayden Jaco to score giving the Majors a 3-0 lead.

In the sixth, Artiaga added his second RBI, this time allowing Adam Filmon to score.

The Leafs cut the lead in half in the bottom of the sixth, finally solving Majors’ starter Pedro De Los Santos. Marcus Knecht singled. Later, Chandler McLaren hit an RBI double to score Knecht. Then Connor Lewis singled to drive in McLaren.

London added one more in the seventh on an RBI double by Cleveland Brownlee.

The Leafs scored twice more in the bottom of the inning. First a Knecht sacrifice scored Justin Marra. Later, Dan Marra doubled to score Sean Reilly. Then in the eighth, Reilly singled to score Lewis to even the game 5-5 and set off the extra-inning marathon.

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