Cobras, Thunderbirds open SANDLOTT tourney with wins

Hamilton Cobras opened the Select Amateur National Development Leagues of Travel Teams (SANDLOTT) Under-15 World Wood Bat tournament with a pair of wins on Thursday.

And the host Thunderbirds made it a perfect day for Hamilton teams with their win.

The Cobras, representing the Hamilton and District Minor Baseball Association, blanked the Rochester Monroe County Cougars 3-0 and squeaked passed the Cincinnati Diamond Stars, 3-2.

Zachary Ranta picked up the Cobras win over Rochester, holding the Cougars to just two hits in the four innings he pitched. He struck out two and issued two walks.

Ranta also helped his own cause at the plate with a single and driving in two runs.

Dan Erne took the loss for Rochester, giving up four hits, striking out two, and walking none in the three innings he pitched. Joe Ajkel had a double for the Cougars.

Mike Gottschalk picked up the win in the Cobras second game. He went seven innings, striking out eight batters, walking four and scattering five hits. His counterpart, Jordan Besecker, lasted 4 2/3 innings. He gave up three hits, struck out two and walked two.

Joshua Hayes led the Cobras offence with a pair of singles while Alex Bath, had two singles for the Diamond Stars.

The Thunderbirds were 9-1 victors over the Twinsburg (Ohio) Tigers. Brad Furdal held the Tigers to three hits while striking out eight and walking one in the five innings he was on the mound. Justin DiCarlo had two singles for the Tbirds.

Losing pitcher Jamie Hora was touched for six hits during his four inning outing. He had four strikeouts and eight walks.

In other games it was:

Cincinnati Astros 10, Western New York (Buffalo) Cardinals 0

Winning pitcher: Blake Lehmann, 4 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts, 2 walks; Losing Pitcher: Mike Bright, 3 innings, 5 runs, 4 hits, 3 strikeouts, 1 walk. Leading hitters: Jordan Finley, Astros, single, triple, 1 RBI; Ryan Brunner, Cardinals, single.

New York (Buffalo) Inferno 3, Cincinnati Diamond Stars 0

Winning pitcher: Adam Pettinella, 6 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 7 strikeouts, 2 walks; Losing pitcher: Justin Burden, 6 innings, 3 runs, 4 hits, 0 strikeouts, 3 walks. Leading Hitters: John Lysiak, Inferno, single, sacrifice bunt; TJ Hochscheid, Diamond Stars, double.

Rochester Battery 7, Etobicoke (Toronto) Rangers 3

Winning Pitcher: Graham Sullivan, 7 innings, 3 runs, 5 hits, 7 strikeouts, 2 walks; Losing Pitcher: Matt Cambria, 7 innings, 7 runs, 8 hits, 2 strikeouts, 6 walks. Leading Hitters: Graham Sullivan, Battery, single, triple, 3 RBIs; Wes Murray, Rangers, 2 singles.

Cincinnati Astros 8, Twinsburg (Ohio) Tigers 0

Winning Pitcher: Tyler Doyle, 3 innings, 0 runs, 3 hits, 3 strikeouts, 4 walks; Losing Pitcher: Matthew Curwin, 2 innings, 2 runs, 4 hits, 1 strikeout, 2 walks. Leading hitters: Jordan Finley, Astros, 2 singles, double; Jamie Hora, Tigers, single.

US Athletic (Indianapolis) Hustle 21, Rochester Battery 9

Winning pitcher: Evan Bowman, 3 innings, 4 runs, 3 hits, 0 strikeouts, 0 walks; Losing pitcher: Ralph Alloco, 6 innings, 8 runs, 9 hits, 0 strikeouts, 0 walks. Leading hitters: Evan Bowman, Hustle, single, 2 doubles, 6 RBIs; Kyle Abbott, Battery, 3 singles.

Valley (West Virginia) Blasters 10, Etobicoke (Toronto) Rangers 0

Winning pitcher: Ryan Lewicki, 5 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts, 3 walks; Losing pitcher: Kyle Brietner, 4 innings, 7 runs, 7 hits, 3 strikeouts, 0 walks. Leading hitters: Steve McDonald, Valley Blasters, double.

New York (Buffalo) Inferno 5, Monroe County (Rochester) Cougars 0

Winning pitcher: Robert Nalepa, 7 innings, 0 runs, 3 hits, 6 strikeouts, 0 walks; Losing pitcher: Teddy Piendel, 3 innings, 3 runs, 6 hits, 1 strikeout, 1 walk. Leading hitters: John Lysiak, Inferno, single, double; Teddy Piendel, Cougars, single.

Play continues through to Saturday. Today, the Cobras play the Buffalo Inferno at 4 p.m. at Bernie Arbour Stadium.

The Thunderbirds have two games, the first at noon at Bernie Arbour Stadium against the Cincinnati Astros, and the second one at 7 p.m. at the Heritage Green Sports Complex where they meet the Buffalo Cardinals.