The Hamilton Thunderbirds staggered but didn’t fall.
After taking a 7-1 lead only to see Oshawa come back to tie the score and then take a one run lead, the Thunderbirds rebounded with a pair of runs in the eighth inning to salvage a 9-8 senior Intercounty Baseball League game against the Dodgers on Sunday.
Hamilton scored three times in the first and four more in the second before disaster struck. The Dodgers got a burst of energy and scored six times in the fifth and once in the sixth for an 8-7 lead.
Robertson left the game in the eighth with one out and Tom Robertson and Marcel Champagnie on base. Aaron Gordon came on in relief and got Kevin Mailloux to ground out. But Robertson scored on the play and Hamilton tied the score. Geoff Allen was intentionally walked and a fielding error by Oshawa allowed Champagnie to score the game-winning run.
Scott Wells got the win in relief for Hamilton pitching three innings of no-hit, no-run baseball. He struck out two and walked three. Mark Tourangeau faced the final three batters of the game and got the save. Kyle Nicoletta started for the Thunderbirds.
For Oshawa, Gord Robertson was tagged with the loss after working two innings, giving up three hits, and posting two strikeouts. Kevin Wallace started for the Dodgers.
For Hamilton, Tom Robertson scored three runs, had three hits including a double, and stole two bases. Allen added a run on two hits including a double. Champagnie had a double and two RBI.
For the Dodgers, Mike Dahiroc had two hits including a double and three RBIs.