A late rally came up short for the Hamilton Thunderbirds on Friday night (June 16) in their 8-5 loss to the Brantford Red Sox.
Geoff Allen’s three-run homerun cleared the centrefield fence but the T-birds would score no more in their senior Intercounty Baseball League tilt at Bernie Arbour Stadium. Andy Steeds had two of Hamilton’s seven hits.
Brantford, which recorded its 10th win, was leading 2-0 when the Red Sox pushed five more across in the sixth inning.
Hamilton got two of those back in their half of the inning.
The Red Sox beat up on three Hamilton pitchers but it was starter Kevin Whyte who came away the most bruised. He gave up 12 of the Red Sox’s 15 hits and he was responsible for seven of the visitors runs in the six innings he lasted.
Kyle Nicoletta and Bill Lawrence finished the game for the T-birds, whose record is now 4-12.
Brantford’s John Ogiltree (3-1) pitched seven innings allowing only three hits with five strikeouts. Mark Ferguson pitched the final two innings.
Dave Parsons and Hyung Cho each had three hits for Brantford while Tyler Moe had two hits and two RBI, including a solo home run in the eighth inning. Raul Borjas also had two hits and two RBI, including a triple while Jason Gotwalt added two hits and an RBI.
Hamilton travels to Barrie for 7 p.m. game today (Saturday, June 17) and tomorrow plays in Kitchener at 7 p.m.
In the other IBL game, Toronto Maple Leafs were 8-3 victors over the Stratford Nationals.