Riding Adam Montgomery’s three hits, including a pair of doubles, Hamilton Thunderbirds picked up their second win in senior Intercounty Baseball League play on Saturday in Brantford.
Montgomery also scored the winning run in the T-birds 9-8 win over the Red Sox that improved their record to 2-4 and left them three games out of first place along with Oshawa. Oshawa has played two more games than Hamilton.
Hamilton got additional offensive power from Tony Daubert, who homered and drove in two runs. Marcel Champagne had two hits that drove in two runs for the visitors. Chris Hayes (1-0) got credit for the win after allowing one run and three hits in 11/3 innings of relief for starter Justin Bartkiewicz, who allowed one run and one hit in six innings.
Min Soo Kim (0-1) gave up two unearned runs on one hit in 2 1/3 innings of relief and was tagged with the loss. Starter Ryan Brickman allowed four runs – three earned – and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Dave Parsons homered for Brantford while Jason Gotwalt had three hits including a double. He drove in two runs.
Hamilton was in control for most of the game, building a 7-2 lead after seven innings. But the Red Sox exploded for five runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game. The T-birds added two more in the top of the ninth and held off another Red Sox rally that produced a single run.
Hamilton is home to the London Majors today (Sunday, May 28) at Bernie Arbour Stadium. Gametime is 2 p.m.
In other league actions it was: Barrie Baycats 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3; Oshawa Dodgers 7, Guelph Royals 2, and Guelph 8, Oshawa 0 in a doubleheader; and Kitchener Panthers 5, Stratford Nationals 0.