Thunderbirds fall to fourth straight IBL setback


Hamilton is still looking for its first win of the senior Intercounty Baseball League after the London Majors downed the Thunderbirds, 8-5, Friday night.

Kevin Virtue’s two-run, 360-foot home run over the right field fence was the highlight of the win for the Majors, visitors to Bernie Arbour Stadium on Friday night. The loss left Hamilton with an 0-4 record while the Majors improved to 3-1. Hamilton will chase the elusive win tomorrow (Sunday, May 20) when the Thunderbirds play the Panthers at Kitchener’s Jack Couch Park.

London starter Tom Van Kasteren earned the victory on Friday, yielding four runs on five hits while striking out eight batters. He issued two walks through seven innings. Daniel Hayes, in the eighth, and Max Escrogin, in the ninth, gave him relief help.

T-Birds’ starter Eric Perez took the loss, giving up six runs (one earned) through six and one-third innings. He had 10 strikeouts and walked just two of the 30 batters he faced. Jesus Chourio came on in relief in the seventh inning.

Ryan Gauthier, Kyle Piwowarczyk, Vince Burke each doubled for the Majors. Piwowarczyk batted in three runs.

For Hamilton, Geoff Allen connected for two doubles and Jeremiah Groulx doubled in three runs. Those three runs put Hamilton into a 3-0 lead after the first two innings.