Hamilton Thunderbirds swept a doubleheader from the Stratford Nationals and improved their standing in the senior Intercounty Baseball League on Saturday.
Two-run homeruns from Geoff Allen and Adam Strongman powered the visiting TBirds to an 8-0 blanking of the Nationals in the first game. Hamilton followed that win with a narrow and come-from-behind 12-11 win in the he nightcap.
Brian Speck’s five-hit shutout stymied the Nationals in the doubleheader opener. Shawn Gillespie took the loss in a complete-game effort for Stratford.
In the second game, Tom Robertson scored four runs and Andy Steeds added two more while driving in a pair for Hamilton .
Doug Chrysler earned the mound decision in 6 1/3 innings of relief for starter Saul Gonzales.
Seth Kuhl had two hits and drove in three runs and Lanny Hernandez chipped in with three hits for Startford. Justin Pennell took the loss in two innings of relief.
The wins moved Hamilton to seventh place.
In other games, Barrie Baycats edged Kitchener Panthers 4-2, and Brantford Red Sox used a wild pitch in the ninth inning to beat Guelph Royals 6-5