A 15-hit outpouring proved too much for the Hamilton Thunderbirds to overcome and Guelph Royals recorded an 11-4 senior Intercounty Baseball League win.
The night started on a promising note for the Bernie Arbour Stadium host Thunderbirds who took a 2-0 first inning lead, But five Royals runs in the third proved more than enough for starting Guelph pitcher Elliot Love, who evened his record at 1-1.
Love got support from Sean Reilly, who had three hits, including a two-run homer in the seventh inning. Steve Coates also had three hits and Joel Lynch doubled and drove in two runs.
Love gave up three runs and four hits in the seven innings he pitched. Alex Baboulas finished the game with two innings of relief.
Hamilton starter Justin Bartkiewicz is still looking for his first win after giving up five runs on 10 hits in the five innings he lasted in absorbing his fourth loss. Homeruns from Adam Strongman and Geoff Allen provided the offence for the Thunderbirds.
In another IBL game, Brantford Red Sox edged Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The league all-star game will be played today in Barrie. Thunderbirds shortstop Marcel Champagnie is a reserve on the allstar squad which will play the Barrie Baycats, last year’s league champions.