Thunder rolls and so do the Thunderbirds.
Hamilton’s Canadian Thunderbirds 15 and Under team made a clean sweep of the May 19-20 weekend, taking all four games in Boys of Summer Elite Baseball play.
Playing on their Bernie Arbour Stadium diamond, The T-Birds downed the Halton Phoenix 6-4 and then capped the Sunday doubleheader 9-3 after moving over to the adjacent Mohawk Spots Complex. The four wins left Hamilton with a perfect 13-0 record on the season.
On Saturday, playing in Newmarket, the Thunderbirds turned back the York County Cardinals 10-6 and 6-1.
Mitch Habib (Mississauga) was the winning pitcher to kickoff Hamilton’s Sunday doubleheader win. He surrendered four earned runs over seven innings while yielding three hits and issuing two walks. Six batters went down swinging.
The losing pitcher was Spencer Kelly (Oakville). He worked six innings allowing six earned runs on seven hits and two walks. He retired three on strikes.
Pacing the T-Birds at the plate was Garnet Henrich (Hamilton) with a pair of safeties, a double, and four runs-batted-in. For the Phoenix, T.J. Singh (Burlington) singled and drove in two runs.
In the second game, Andrew Neustadter (Niagara-on-the-Lake) picked up the mound decision with two earned runs on four hits through four innings. He walked three and struckout three.
Todd Campbell (Oakville) took the loss, going five innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits. He fanned two and walked two.
Dennon Koziol (Hamilton) had a single and a triple with one RBI for Hamilton.
Saturday in Newmarket, pitcher Brian Kusey (St. Catharines) got the 10-6 victory. In two innings, he was tagged for two hits and walked three batters while striking out one.
The Cardinals Jason Killoran (Toronto) took the loss after four innings of work. Anthony Vacca (Fonthill) had two hits and two RBI for the Thunderbirds. York County got two hits from Brett Robinson (Toronto).
In the second game, Vacca did his damage on the mound, allowing one earned run on three hits through four innings to earn the pitching decision. He struck out two and walked three. Johnny Csatary came on in relief.
James Anderson (Toronto) was charged with the loss. He gave up five runs through two innings while allowing three hits and a walk. He had three strikeouts.
Henrich paced the Thunderbirds with two hits and two RBI. For the Cardinals, Jamie Hutchins(Toronto) had one hit.
In this game the Thunderbirds found themselves behind for the first time this season. But the T-Birds rebounded with five runs in the third inning.
In the 10-6 win, Csatary (Stoney Creek) had two doubles for Hamilton. For the Cardinals, Troy McLoughlin (Newmarket) had a single, a double and two RBI.
In other, Boys of Summer play, Stoney Creek Battlefield took a pair from York County Cardinals 9-8 and 12-11 on Saturday (May19) in Stoney Creek.
Jay Soon (Grimsby) got the win going three innings while allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. He had three strikeouts. Eric Wood (Pickering) was tagged with the loss, giving up six runs in three innings on five hits. He had two strikeouts.
Shawn Moore (Hamilton) was Battlefield’s leading hitter with two singles and two runs-batted-in. For the Cardinals, James Anderson (Barrie) also had two singles and two RBI.
In the second game, Jon Muffin (Stoney Creek) got credit for the win. He allowed two runs on two hits through three innings. He had two strikeouts.
Daniel Weiss (Richmond Hill) took the loss.
Muffin was Battlefield’s leader at the plate, with three hits, including two doubles, and four RBI. For the Cardinals, James Anderson (Toronto) had two hits including a home run and two RBI.