Thunderbirds early rally stalls in Intercounty Baseball loss

Hamilton Thunderbirds certainly looked like they were going to prove to the visiting Oshawa Dodgers that they were a better ball club, even if marginally as the senior Intercounty Baseball League standings would suggest.

After the Bernie Arbour Stadium guests scored four runs in the top of the second inning on Sunday (July 23) the Thunderbirds responded with five of their own in their half of the inning.

But the Dodgers kept on scoring and went on to down the Thunderbirds 11-7. The result left both clubs with 14 wins, but Hamilton has one less loss.

Sunday, Neil McBride doubled and scored two runs for the Dodgers. Ken Calway also had a two-bagger while Chris Sereda had two hits and drove in a run. Ryan Crotin added a pair of hits and scored a run in the Dodgers 121-hit attack Colin Buckborough (1-1) allowed six runs on three hits while striking out three batters and walking six in four innings. Brian Sewell, Ian Okorofsky and Ben Chisholm all pitched in relief to preserve the win.

Hamilton starter Saul Gonzales (1-2) gave up seven runs on two hits in 2 1/3 innings. Doug Chrysler allowed 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings of relief.

Henry Duke had three hits and scored a pair of runs in the loss.

Hamilton committed four errors.

In other games, Brantford Red Sox blanked the London Majors, 4-0, and the Toronto Maple Leafs edged Stratford Nationals, 4-3, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The game in Kitchener between the Panthers and the Guelph Royals was postponed due to poor field conditions.