Most teams would be displeased losing 9-3, which Hamilton did against Brantford on Sunday (May 6).
But after losing 29-4 to the same senior Intercounty Baseball League club 24 hours earlier, a 9-3 setback doesn’t look all that bad for the Thunderbirds.
And at least the worst defeat came while the T-Birds opened their 2007 season on the road.
On Sunday, the visitors to Bernie Arbour Stadium had crafted a 6-0 lead before Hamilton scored all its runs in the home half of the fourth inning. The Red Sox would finish the game with 12 hits, compared to the 25 they collected ion Saturday.
The T-Birds had nine hits on Sunday.
Brantford won last year’s ICL championship.
Hyung Cho led the Brantford attack on Sunday with a 355-foot bases loaded home run over the left centre field fence. He was two for six on the day. Dave Parsons, Jason Gotwalt, and Tyler Burnell also had two hits apiece for the Red Sox.
Hamilton second baseman Tommy Robertson led the way with three hits in four trips including a double and was the keystone in Hamilton’s first inning doubleplay. Geoff Allen singled twice for the Thunderbirds.
Pitcher Stefan Strecker (1-0) got the victory for Brantford, going nine innings. Andrew Schwalm (0-1) took the loss allowing six runs on six hits through four innings. He struck out one, and walked five. Chris Plummer came on in relief in the fifth and completed the game.
On Saturday, Hamilton scored two runs in the top of the first inning and then the roof collapsed. The Red Sox replied with seven runs in their first at-bat and scored in every inning except the fifth and eight, including a nine-run explosion in the seventh.
Al Stephens connected for three hits including a pair of two-run home runs for Brantford.
Stephens picked up five RBIs. Josh McCurdy added four hits including a two-run triple, and a home run. He had three RBIs and scored six times. Hyung Cho banged out four singles and scored four times.
Robertson and outfielder Jon McGinn each hit a double for the T-Birds.
Pitcher Brad Hogeterp (1-0) took the win, going six innings allowing four runs (three earned). He gave up eight hits, two walks and struck out five. In relief, Brett Gray came on in seventh and threw two hitless innings. Gray had four strikeouts. Mark Ferguson pitched the ninth inning.
Jeremiah Groulx (0-1) took the pitching loss for Hamilton giving up seven runs (six earned) in the first inning on five hits and a walk. Doug Chrysler relieved him in the first with Sean Allen (fifth), Mike Fortuna (sixth), and Jason Green (eighth) finishing the game.
Next action for Hamilton is Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 13) against the Guelph Royals at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium. Game time is 2:05 p.m.