Two Thunderbirds teams make Elite Baseball noise


It was a successful outing for the Hamilton-based Canadian Thunderbirds 14 and Under and 15 and Under squads in recent Boys Of Summer 2007 Elite Baseball action.

The T-Birds 14 and Under team shutout the Etobicoke-based Ontario Prospects 13 and Under 5-0 in play on May 12.

Winning pitcher Paul Anderson (Hamilton) went two innings giving up no runs on one hit while striking out one batter. Philip Warner (Oshawa) took the loss. He was tagged for two earned runs over four innings as he yielded four hits. He struck out four and walked three.

Greg Zaitz (Hamilton) collected three hits including a double for the winners.Ontario Prospects Jack Lang (Pickering) had a single.

The following day, the Thunderbirds 14 and Under took a doubleheader from the Ontario Prospects 13 and Under, winning the first game 14-3 and the second half of the twinbill 9-4.

Zaitz went two innings for the win allowing one run on three hits. TJ Campbell (Whitby) took the loss. In three innings, he gave up five runs on five hits and one walk.

Quinten Balla (Hamilton) was the Thunderbirds plate leader with three hits, including a triple and two RBI. For the Prospects, Ryan Kellogg (Whitby) had three hits and two RBI.

In the second game, Evan Sinclair (Hamilton) picked up the pitching decision. He had two innings of hitless ball with one strikeout.

Losing pitcher Ben Radford (Whitby) lasted three and one third innings, surrendering five runs on two hits and three walks. He had one strikeout.

Sinclair was equally impressive at the plate with three hits and two RBI. Lang led the Prospects with a double and a run RBI.

Playing in Newmarket on the same Saturday, the Thunderbirds 15 and Under team took a doubleheader from the hometown York County Cardinals, winning the first game 18-0 and the second game, 7-4.

Brian Kusey (St. Catharines) picked up his second pitching win of the season. In his two innings of work, he struck out four and walked one.

Starting pitcher Jason Killoran (Toronto) went two and one third innings and was tagged for 13 runs on 15 hits. He walked four and struck out two.

Dennon Koziol (Hamilton) was four-for-four at the plate, including two doubles with two runs batted in.

In the second half of the twinbill, Mitch Habib (Mississauga) got the win, allowing three runs in four innings on five hits. He had three strikeouts and one walk. Eric Wood (Toronto) took the loss, yielding seven earned runs over four innings. He gave up nine hits, walked three, and had two strikeouts.

Cam Harold (Hamilton) was the Thunderbirds leading batter with two hits, including a double. James Anderson (Toronto )topped York County with two hits, including a double and RBI.

On Sunday the T-Birds swept Stoney Creek Blaze in a doubleheader, 6-1 in the opener and 12-6 in the second game.

Pitcher Garnet Henrich (Mississauga) took the mound win.In three innings, he gave up three hits while striking out five. He issued one walk. Aaron Prodeus (Hamilton) took the loss giving up five hits and four runs over three innings. He struck out two and walked two.

For the Thunderbirds, Habib had two hits, including a double and two RBI. The Blaze got two hits and an RBI from Shawn Running (Stoney Creek).

In the final game, Anthony Ricciardi (Hamilton) got the victory, allowing one run on one hit through two innings while issuing one walk and recording one strikeout.

Justin Rattray (Hamilton) was tagged with the loss. In one and two-thirds innings, he gave up six runs on two hits and five walks.

It was Hamilton’s eighth win of the season.

Colin Maybee (Hamilton) paced the Thunderbirds with two hits, including his second homerun of the season, and five RBI. For the Blaze, Prodeus (Stoney Creek) had two hits, including a double.