Thunderbirds split Intercounty doubleheader with Oshawa Dodgers

OSHAWA – If the Hamilton Thunderbirds could have erased the first inning of the first game of their Saturday doubleheader with Oshawa, they could have swept the twin bill.

The Dodgers scored all their runs in the first inning and then held on for a 5-4 senior Intercounty Baseball League win.

The Thunderbirds bounced back in the second game and took a 10-5 decision back to Hamilton.

Pat Smith’s sacrifice fly in the first inning drove in what proved to be the winning run. Craig Hawkins (0-4) gave up five runs and six hits in six innings while Adam Montgomery had three hits in the visitors loss.

In the second game, Henry Duke belted a three-run double in the third inning to ignite the T-Birds offence.

Andy Steeds added a pair of hits and drove in a run and Montgomery scored three times. Kevin Whyte (2-1) allowed five runs – three earned – and eight hits in six innings.

Matt Tosoni (2-1) picked up the win after allowing four runs – two earned – and nine hits in six innings and Greg Bryson picked up the save with an inning of relief. Five Oshawa errors in the second game didn’t help the Dodgers cause.

Hamilton is home to the Barrie Batcats today (Sunday, June 25). The 2 p.m. game at Bernie Arbour Stadium will be preceded by the second annual card flipping contest