Kitchener Panthers out pace the Thunderbirds

Two runs in the top of the ninth inning gave the visiting Kitchener Panthers a narrow 7-6 Intercounty Baseball League victory over the Hamilton Thunderbirds on Wednesday (June 7).

But the day wasn’t a total loss for the T-Birds. Earlier in the day shortstop Marcel Champagnie was selected by the Minnesota Twins in Major League Baseball’s draft.

The Bolton, Ont., native went in the 34th round and was the 1,026 overall pick. The freshman for Kaskaskia College Blue Devils had a team high .429 batting average and in 46 junior college games this season he his 45 RBI were second best on the team.

Champagnie had two hits in Wednesday’s game. Reliever Andrew Schwalm was tagged with the loss after the Thunderbirds rallied with four runs in the seventh inning to take a 6-5 lead.

Schwalm surrendered the game winning runs after giving up three hits in his 2 1/3 innings of relief.

The loss left the Thunderbirds record at 3-8, six games back of league-leading London Majors who are 8-1.

Justin Wendt paced the Kitchener attack with a double and drove in three runs. Wes Koch picked up the win in 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief. Tom Robertson had a double for Thunderbirds and Andy Steeds had two hits.

Hamilton travels to Stratford on Friday (June 9) for a game against the Nationals who are looking for their first win of the season after nine straight losses.

In other IBL games on June 7 it was the Toronto Maple Leafs blanking the Oshawa Dodgers 5-0 and the Brantford Red Sox doubled the Guelph Royals 2-1.