Shell-shocked Thunderbirds fall to Maple Leafs in Intercounty baseball beating


Talk about a rough outing. A 16-hit barrage powered the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 14-1 grounding of the Hamilton Thunderbirds on Wednesday night (June 14).

Playing on their home turf, the Intercounty Baseball League Thunderbirds could muster only six hits in reply to the Maple Leafs offensive surge which included home runs from Joe Colameco and Danny Gibbons.

Tom Robertson’s two hits accounted for one-third of Hamilton plate power.He also drove in the T-birds only run. Hamilton didn’t help themselves by committing six errors to Toronto’s one.

The Leafs Paul Spoljaric improved to 5-0 after pitching seven scoreless innings. He allowed five hits, gave up one walk and fanned four batters. Jon Chadwick finished the game with a pair of innings of relief. Helping Spoljaric were Jeremy Walker, whose three hits included a double. He also scored three runs and drove in three while Damon Topolie contributed three hits.

Justin Bartkiewicz (0-2) surrendered six runs – five earned – and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings.

The Thunderbirds will host the Brantford Red Sox on Friday (June 16) for a 7.30 game at Bernie Arbour Stadium.

In the only other Intercounty game, Barrie Baycats doubled Oshawa, 10-5.