Hamilton Thunderbirds are hoping fans will be “flipping” over them on Sunday.
The senior Intercounty Baseball League club is staging its third annual Closest-to-the-Wall Card Flipping Tournament on Sunday (June 10) at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium.
The card tossing contest will be a prelude to the T-Birds game against the visiting London Majors, which starts at 2.05 p.m.
The card contest will have two division – Youth (13 and under) and Adult. Canadian Card Flipping Champion Ted Krieg (66 feet, six inches) will be on hand to offer a few pointers.
Entry fee for the contest is a donation of a non-perishable food item which will get a competitor 10 baseball cards. A $2 donation to the charity of choice of the Canadian and Hamilton Thunderbirds Baseball clubs will get a competitor an additional 10 baseball Cards.
Registration for card flipping is at noon and the tournament begins at 1 p.m.
The Thunderbirds will be looking to rebound from their 10-2 drubbing administered by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Paul Spoljaric pitched eight solid innings and the Leafs scored seven runs in the sixth inning to defeat Hamilton.
Spoljaric, a former Toronto Blue Jay, struck out three Hamilton batters while allowing two runs on seven hits, a
Mark Tourangeau took the loss for the Thunderbirds, allowing seven runs on seven hits in five and two-thirds innings. He struck out four and walked five.
The teams were tied 2-2 entering the bottom of the sixth when the Maple Leafs broke the game open. They scored seven runs on four hits and took advantage of six walks in the inning.
Joe Colameco had a three-run home run in the sixth. He had two of Toronto’s 12 hits. Damon Topolie also had two hits and Kyle Gilligan had a two-run single in the sixth. Gamin Teague and Jeremy Walker added solo home runs.
Geoff Allen and Kevin Mailloux had two hits apiece for Hamilton.