Hamilton Thunderbirds who pounded out 13 hits in their senior Intercounty Baseball League outing 24 hours earlier could manage only seven on Wednesday night in falling 6-5 to the Stratford Nationals.
Geoff Allen tripled, scored a run and had a run-batted-in while Henry Duke had a pair of hits, including a double, and scored a run for the Thunderbirds playing at their home, Bernie Arbour Stadium.
Stratford led 6-0 after four innings before the Thunderbirds staged a rally that fell short. Taking the mound loss was Chris Hayes (1-1), who allowed six runs and 11 hits in eight innings before Kevin Whyte pitched an inning of scoreless relief.
Lanny Hernandez doubled and Tyler Kametko, Tyler Graham and Will Richards all had two hits, more than half of the Nationals team total, to lead Stratford’s offence.
Sean Gillespie (2-5) allowed five runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings for the win and Justin Pennell allowed one hit in 1 2/3 innings of relief for the save.
In other league play, Matt Logan belted a two-run home run to pace the Maple Leafs, playing at home, to a 5-2 win over the pennant-winning Barrie Baycats.
Gamin Teague added two hits and drove in two runs and Shayne Ridley had two hits and scored twice.
Jeff Reeves (1-0) picked up the win after allowing one run and three hits in three innings of relief for starter Dave Steffler, who gave up one run and two hits in three innings. Doug Dimma closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning for his sixth save.
John Stewart (0-1) took the loss for Barrie after allowing one run in two innings of relief. Jordan Lundberg had a pair of hits and Glen Jackson homered and scored twice in the loss.