Good news and bad news in Intercounty Baseball

Hamilton Thunderbirds are only 3 games out of first place in the Intercounty Baseball League.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is, they have only one win this season and are in second last place in the nine-team league. Loss No. 4 came Sunday when the home-team Thunderbirds were plucked 10-1 by the Brantford Red Sox at Bernie Arbour Stadium.

Red Sox scored five, fifth-inning runs that gave them a 7-0 lead that was never threatened by the Tbirds.

Craig Hawkins, who started for Hamilton, took the loss in tyhe 4 1/3 innings he pitched. He allowed three hits and six walks in addition to three wild pitches and two hits baters. He had two strikeouts. Only one of the seven runs he surrendered was earned. Catcher Geoff Allen allowed allowed two passed balls. Hamiltons next action is Monday, May 22 in Stratford against the Nationals at National Stadium at 2 p.m. The Thunderbirds next home action is Sunday, May 28 against London Majors at 2:05 p.m. Brantford starting pitcher Mark Ferguson cruised through six inning allowing six Hamilton hits while retiring eight of the batters he faced on strikes.

Hamilton shortstop Tommy Robertson and rightfielder Tony Daubert had two hits apiece while catcher Adam Montgomery doubled in the ninth.