Hamilton Thunderbirds will travel to Stratford on Wednesday evening, not in search of any Shakespearean drama, but looking for a senior Intercounty Baseball League win.
The T-Birds fell to their fourth straight setback in the early going of the IBL on Sunday afternoon, losing 7-4 to the Guelph Royals at Bernie Arbour Stadium.
The Royals jumped into a 4-0 lead in their first at-bats, added two more in the sixth and completed their scoring in the top of the ninth. Hamilton scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, finishing with a pair in the bottom of the ninth.
Guelph is third in the nine-team league with a 3-1 record while Hamilton shares last place with Kitchener, with 0-4 efforts.
Second baseman Tom Robertson led the Thunderbirds with three hits, including a triple and an RBI.
Paul Bruder got the victory for Guelph, allowing two earned runs through six innings on five hits. He struck out six and walked three. He had relief help from Craig Fairfull.
Hamilton’s Chris Plummer was charged with the loss. He gave up three earned runs on four hits in three innings of work. Plummer had three strikeouts and one walk. He was relieved by Jesus Chourio, Doug Chrysler, and Nibaldo Akosta.
Centrefielder Ted Drew-Smith led the Royals with two hits including a two-run home run that cleared the 380 feet mark over the left field fence. Frankie Hare, Sean Reilly, Matt Fortuna, and Nathan Grant each had a double for Guelph.
The T-Birds return to Bernie Arbour Stadium on Friday night to play the London Majors (2-1). The first pitch goes at 7.30 p.m.