An 11-run third inning outburst by the Barrie Baycats pretty well sealed the fate of the Hamilton Thunderbirds on Sunday (June 25).
Last year’s senior Intercounty Baseball League champions went on to crush the T-Birds 18-5 to quickly spoil what had been a promising weekend for Hamilton. They had won two of three games heading into Sunday’s contest at Bernie Arbour Stadium.
Barrie’s barrage in the third inning was highlighted by Alex Bogo’s grandslam that cleared the left field fence 335 feet away. Jordan Lundberg added a two-run, left field homer.
Offensively for the Baycats, Ryan Spataro connected for a single, double and triple while Cory Turchan had two doubles and Glenn Jackson had a triple
Geoff Allen of the Thunderbirds hit a 345-foot three-run homer in the fifth over the left-centre field fence. Adam Strongman had three hits in the game and two RBI for Hamilton.
Jordan Neufeld of Barrie got the win allowing five runs on 10 hits through six innings. He struck out 10 batters. Ken Price came on in relief in the seventh inning.
Hamilton starter Justin Bartkiewicz got the hook in the third inning after surrendering 11 runs on 11 hits and a walk. He was replaced by Chris Hayes who gave way to Andrew Schwalm in the ninth.
Barrie had built a 16-1 lead when Hamilton tried to rally with four runs in the fifth. Barrie outhit the Thunderbirds 19-7. Hamilton committed two of the game’s three errors.
Hamilton plays in London Friday night, visits Guelph on Saturday night and then hosts London at Bernie Arbour Stadium for a 2 p.m. game on Sunday (July 2).