Thunderbirds silenced, Cobras snakebitten at SANDLOTT baseball tourney

To put it bluntly, it was not a good day for Hamilton teams Friday at the SANDLOTT 15-Under World Wood Bat Tournament.

The Thunderbirds, who are hosting the Select Amateur National Development League of Traveling Teams four-day tournament, lost their two games and the Hamilton Cobras were also defeated.

The TBirds had their thunder silenced, first by the Cincinnati Astros, 13-2, at Bernie Arbour Stadium, and were then the Buffalo Cardinals, 9-3 at the Heritage Green complex.

The Cobras lost a 3-2 heartbreaker to the Buffalo Inferno.

Astros Mitch Morgan allowed the Thunderbirds only five hits over his seven inning outing that included two strikeouts, no walks, while allowing two runs.

Andrew Neiheisel had three singles for the Astros.

Taking the pitching loss for Hamilton was Benson Merritt. In his two innings of work he allowed two hits, struck out one, and walked one while giving up two runs. Graeme Carey had a single for Hamilton.

In the Thunderbirds loss to the Cardinals, Brad Furdal had three singles and one run-batted-in for Hamilton. But winning pitcher Kevin Ross held the rest of the Thunderbirds to three hits and fanned eight, walked five and surrendered the three runs.

He was supported by Luke Szymanski’s single and double that produced two RBI.

Danny Penfold was handed the loss in his five innings pitched, giving up six hits and seven runs while striking out one and walking two.

Cobras pitcher did what he could to keep the Cobras in their game. In his two innings pitched he yielded one run and gave up only one hit. At the plate he produced a single and an RBI.

The Inferno’s Chris Pickles picked up the mound decision, allowing no runs, one hit, striking out two, and walking one. His offensive support came from Ben Dolpp who singled, tripled and had an RBI.

In other games it was:

West Virginia Valley Blasters 3, Rochester Battery 2. Winning pitcher: Jesse Channel, 7 innings, 2 runs, 6 hits, 6 strikeouts, 4 walks; Losing Pitcher: Jordan Eich, 4 1/3 innings, 3 runs, 2 hits, 0 strikeouts, 0 walks. Leading hitters: Ralph Alloco, Battery, single, double, 1 RBI.

Buffalo Cardinals 11, Twinsburg (Ohio) Tigers 0. Winning Pitcher: Jasen Radwan, no record; Losing Pitcher: Patrick Havens, no record. Leading Hitters: Bo Aquila, Cardinals, single, double, 1 RBI; Patrick Havens, Tigers, single, double.

US Athletic (Indianapolis) Hustle, 9 Valley (West Virginia) Blasters 8. Winning Pitcher: JD Rice, 1 2/3 innings, 3 runs, 6 hits, 2 strikeouts, 3 walks; Losing Pitcher: Danny Doyle, 1/3 inning, 3 runs, 1 hit, 0 strikeouts, 3 walks. Leading Hitters: Paul Baechtold, Hustle, 2 singles; Ryan Lewicki, Blasters, 2 singles.

Monroe County (Rochester) Cougars 6, Cincinnati Diamond Stars 3: Wining pitcher: Greg Schworm, 5 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 3 strikeouts, 1 walk; Losing Pitcher: Josh Lanphier, 6 innings, 6 runs, 5 hits, 0 strikeouts, 0 walks. Leading Hitters: Colton Gibson, Diamond Stars, double, 1 RBI; Dan Erne, Cougars, double, 2 RBIs.

US Athletic (Indianapolis) Hustle 11, Etobicoke (Toronto) Rangers 10 (extra inning):

Winning Pitcher: Kyle English, 3 innings, 2 runs, 1 hit, 4 strikeouts, 3 walks; Losing pitcher: Michael Pigott, 3 innings, 7 runs, 4 hits, 2 strikeouts, 6 walks. Leading hitters: Paul Baechtold, Hustle, 3 singles, double; Wes Murray, Rangers, single. The Hustle scored 5 runs in bottom of 7th to tie the score and 1 in the bottom of the 8th for the win.

Home run contest: Stevie Mcdonald, Valley (West Virginia) Blasters – 2 home runs (each 330 feet).

Base running contest: Christian Segar, Rochester Battery.