Burns hits for the cycle

 Grand slam caps Burns' natural cycle


  The 15-year old Dorchester native completes feat with the 16U London Badgers

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Burns    London Badger and Dorchester native Evan Burns at bat during a 16U game. The 15-year old hit for the cycle on August 11th against Tecumseh. (photo / courtesy of Burns family)

By Rob J. Ross 

Evan Burns had a ball game to remember.

The 15-year old pitcher and third baseman from Dorchester, hit for a natural cycle for the 16U London Badgers, during an exhibition tilt against the Tecumseh Thunder, August 11th, in Tecumseh.

A sixth inning grand slam completed the accomplishment during a 20-6 win, with Burns delivering 10 RBIs in the game.

Burns opened with a first inning single, doubled in the second and had a fifth inning triple, before hitting just his second home run in his Badgers' career.

A member of London Badger teams since 9U, Burns was the Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 and is batting .343 over 151 plate appearances this season, with 46 hits and 33 RBIs.

The Grade 11 student at Regina Mundi Collegiate, in London, has been part of four Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) AAA championship teams, won Ontario Summer Games gold in 2018 and a Premier Baseball League title in 2018.

London will attempt to defend their OBA title, August 30-September 2nd, in Hamilton.

The cycle is a semi-rare occurrence in the Major Leagues, with 329 players having done the feat in their careers. It has only occurred once in post season history (Brock Holt - Boston Red Sox). Only two Toronto Blue Jays, Kelly Gruber and Jeff Frye have done the feat. Adrian Beltre is one of four players (other three all before 1935) with the most cycles, at three. Baltimore Oriole Jonathan Villar has the most recent one, hit on August 5th.

Only 14 Major Leaguers have completed a natural cycle, the last being Gary Matthews Jr. for the Texas Rangers, in 2006.