Thunderbirds rebound from Friday night Intercounty loss


Hamilton Thunderbirds played .500 ball on the weekend, winning on Sunday afternoon but losing on Friday evening.


London Majors’ player slides into second base and a cloud of dust during Intercounty Baseball League game with Hamilton Thunderbirds on Sunday. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)
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Shortstop Marcel Champagnie was the Thunderbirds hero on Sunday at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium. With one out, runners on second and third, and the scored tied with the London Majors in the bottom of the ninth inning, Champagnie singled to left field and drove in the winning run for a 5-4 senior Intercounty Baseball League decision.

Champagnie got his hit off Max Escrogin to plate Henry Duke from third.

Rob Foscarin, Hamilton’s third pitcher of the day, got the win pitching the final two and two-thirds innings. He allowed two earned runs on five hits and a walk. He retired five batters on strikes. Nibaldo Acosta started, but left the game in the fourth with an upper body ailment, and was replaced by Scott Wells.

Andrew Lafleur took the loss in relief. He allowed one earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out three batters. Daniel Hayes started and lasted six and two thirds innings. He gave up three earned runs on seven hits and three walks.

Kevin Mailloux had two of Hamilton’s 10 hits, including a 400-foot solo home run over the left field fence in the sixth to tie the score at 1-1. Adam Strongman also had two hits including a double, and scored two of the Thunderbirds runs.

Duke doubled in the ninth and scored the game-winning run.

For London, Kyle Piwowarczyk and Alex Arango singled twice each with Chuck Roberts adding an RBI double.

On Friday, Angus Roy pitched his second complete game of the season as the Baycats scored twice in the opening inning, added three more in the fifth, and held on to defeat Hamilton 7-4 in Barrie.

For Barrie, Roy (3-0) went nine innings retiring three batters on strikes. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits and two walks. Starter Erik Perez (1-3) took the loss for the T-Birds going four and two-thirds innings during which he allowed five earned runs. He struck out seven batters, but yielded up eight hits and six walks. Jesus Chourio replaced Perez in the fifth.

Jeff Cowan opened the game with a one out home run to left field in the first inning with Toby Legacy on base to put Barrie in front 2-0. Legacy struck again in the fifth when he slashed a two-run double with two out and the bases loaded to score Kevin Deveau and Kevin Holloway.

Legacy had three hits in the contest including a double and batted in two runs. Deveau added three singles and Holloway had a pair of hits and an RBI.

For the Thunderbirds, Champagnie was two for four with a double and an RBI and Jon McGinn had two hits including a double.