No one can accuse the Hamilton Thunderbirds of being ungracious hosts.
The T-Birds waited until the 11th inning but finally relented and gave the visiting Stratford Nationals their first Intercounty Baseball League win of the season after 11 straight losses.
But maybe it was just fate that the win came in the 11th inning, on the 11th day after 11 losses. The Nationals scored two runs in the extra inning affair and took a 7-5 win back to Stratford. The loss was Hamilton’s ninth against four wins.
Tyler Kymetyco’s three hits, which drove in a pair of runs, sparked the National’s offence at Bernie Arbour Stadium on the Sunday outing. Larry Hernandez and Chris Ryan each had two hits for Stratford.
Hamilton’s offence was led by Tony Daubert, who had two doubles. Each with two hits were Tom Robertson, Joe McGinn, and Ryan Lambert. Andrew Schwalm (0-2) was tagged with the loss after giving up two unearned runs from three hits in one inning of relief.
Getting the win in a marathon performance was Simon Liston (1-2) who went the entire 11 inning distance. He allowed four earned runs, gave up nine hits, struck out nine T-Birds, and walked three.
Hamilton will chase win No. 5 Monday night (June 12) when Barrie visits the Thunderbirds Bernie Arbour field. The Thunderbirds are home again on Wednesday (June 14) for a 7.30 p.m. start.
In other IBL play, Guelph Royals handed the Majors only their second loss of the campaign, a 7-1 beating in London; Kitchener Panthers downed Brantford Red Sox 6-4; and Toronto Maple Leafs edged Oshawa Dodgers 7-6 with a run in the bottom of the ninth inning.