The Hamilton Thunderbirds gave the undefeated Majors a run for their money Sunday (May 28) but came up short in an 8-6 loss to the league leading London Majors in Intercounty Baseball League play.
The visiting Majors picked up their sixth win of the season while the T-Birds’ record went to 2-5. Hamilton’s next game is in Oshawa on Wednesday night.
At Bernie Arbour Stadium, Hamilton shortstop Marcel Champagnie excited the crowd with two stolen bases, including a theft of home plate in the first inning that produced one of his three runs.
At the plate the six-foot Bolton native, had two hits. Centrefielder Jon McGinn of Burlington doubled for Hamilton.
The Majors were led by third baseman Pete Babcock who had three hits, including a triple, and drove in a pair of runs. Rightfielder Kevin Virtue added two hits, including a double, and scored two runs. Designated hitter Chuck Roberts also had two safeties and an RBI.
London starter Erick Perez (4-0) started and allowed four of the six Thunderbirds runs but only one was earned. The lefthander gave up seven hits in 7 1/3 innings for the win. Righthanded reliever Hiarali Garcia finished the game.
Thunderbirds righthander Craig Hawkins (0-2) was tagged for seven runs – five earned – and eight hits while walking two batters. He hit four batters in five innings of work. The six-foot, five-inch, 225-pound Burlingtonian was replaced in the sixth by lefthander Kevin Whyte of Hamilton who went the final four innings, giving up one earned run on four hits.
London out hit the Thunderbirds 12-8 and committed three of the seven errors in the game.
In other games it was: Guelph Royals 7, Kitchener Panthers 3; Brantford Red Sox 5, Oshawa Dodgers 4; Toronto Maple Leafs 9, Stratford Nationals 3.