After a successful trip to Stratford on Thursday night, Friday’s homecoming wasn’t quite as satisfying for the Hamilton Thunderbirds.
The T-Birds handed the Nationals an 8-5 loss in Stratford but the following night at their Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium Home, the Toronto Maple Leafs thumped their Hamilton senior Intercounty Baseball rivals 14-1.
Dave Francis pitched six strong innings for Toronto and gave up the lone and earned run to the Thunderbirds.
He recorded 10 strikeouts while allowing four hits and one walk. Hamilton’s run came in the third inning on a Marcel Champagnie single. Erik Perez took the loss going six innings while giving up all 14 Toronto runs on 16 hits and seven walks. Perez retired seven batters on strikes.
Sean Travers was the power at the plate for the Leafs as he connected for two singles, a double, and a solo home run. For Hamilton, Henry Duke singled twice.
On Thursday, Hamilton posted a six-run fourth inning to defeat the Nationals.
Jesus Chourio got the victory pitching five innings in relief of starter Chris Hayes. During his stint on the mound, Chourio gave up two earned runs on five hits and two walks. He retired four batters on strikes.
Derek Masse was charged with the loss. In his three innings of work he was touched for six runs on nine hits. He had two strikeouts and a walk. Mike Damchuk came on in relief and pitched six scoreless innings.
Geoff Allen was Hamilton’s best at the plate with two singles and one RBI. Will Richards replied with two home runs and four RBIs for Stratford. Teammate Justin Randall went five for five including a double.
Each team had 10 hits.
Hamilton’s record is now 6-10.They are hosts to the Brantford Red Sox on Sunday (June 17), 2 p.m. at Bernie Arbour.