Hamilton Thunderbirds started the holiday weekend in a rather non-celebratory fashion on Friday night.
Hamilton pitching gave up 14 hits that produced 10 runs for the London Majors at Labatt Park. The 10-1 drubbing left the Thunderbirds record at 7-18 and 12 games back of the senior Intercounty Baseball League Toronto Maple Leafs. The Majors are in third place, three games back of the Leafs.
Hamilton starter Kevin Whyte (2-2) lasted four innings for the visitors. He was responsible for eight of the Majors’ runs and eight of their hits. Kyle Nicoletta pitched the final four innings, allowing six hits and two runs.
From the plate the Thunderbirds got two hits each from Tom Robertson and Jeff McGinn. Hamilton had seven hits in total.
London’s offence was lead by Pete Babcock, Mike Ambrose, Simon Galarraga and Kevin Virtue, who each had two hits for London. Babcock’s three-run homer in the fourth was the straw that broke the camel’s back when the Majors were leading 2-0. Galarraga added a solo home run.
Pitcher Hiarali Garcia (3-1) went eight innings allowing only one run and five hits. Adam Arnold got the final three outs.
Hamilton plays the Royals tonight in Guelph and the Majors visit Bernie Arbour Stadium Sunday for a 2 p.m. game.
In other IBL play, Barrie Baycats dumped Brantford Red Sox, 10-3.