Plenty of hits, but Thunderbirds come up empty in Intercounty play

Plate performance doesn’t appear to be a problem with the Hamilton Thunderbirds if their last two senior Intercounty Baseball League outing are any indications.

Thursday night the T-Birds pounded Kitchener Panthers pitching for 14 hits and 24 hours earlier Hamilton touched up Toronto Maple Leafs pitching staff with 19 hits. But scoring enough runs to win, is a challenge for the Steeltown diamond men.

On Thursday night, despite a five-run ninth inning rally the Thunderbirds found themselves on the short end of a 13-10 score when they traveled to Kitchener. And on Wednesday night, Hamilton was in the deficit column again, this time by a 12-10 count when they were in Toronto.

Tonight (Friday) they’ll get another kick at the cats when the Panthers visit Bernie Arbour Stadium for a 7.30 tilt.

On Thursday, Jake Hines got the victory going seven innings while allowing eight hits, three earned runs, one walk and recording five strikeouts. Mark McCarty came on in relief and Scott Harris earned the save.

For Hamilton, Mark Tourangeau started and went five innings giving up eight hits and six earned runs. He issued two walks and had six strikeouts. Billy Lawrence took the loss, allowing four earned runs on eight hits. Andrew Schwalm and Kyle Palmer completed the game for the T-Birds.

Andy Pietraszko had three hits including a home run and five RBIs for the Panthers. Mike Roeder also had three hits and a home run plus two RBI. Luke Baker added another three hits including a home run and plated two runs.

Designated hitter Adam Strongman had three hits for Hamilton with Marcel Champagne, Ian Choy, Jon McGinn, and Scott Wells each contributing a pair of hits. Tom Roberston and Geoff Allen each drove in a pair of runs for Hamilton.

Twenty-four hours earlier, Paul Spoljaric pitched another seven strong innings running his won-lost record to 8-0 on the season as the Maple Leafs edged Hamilton.

Spoljaric scattered eight hits while striking out one Thunderbird and walking another. His teammates gave him plenty of support as the Leafs pounded out 15 hits. Gamin Teague led the way with a three-run homer, two hits, four RBIs, and he two runs.

Chris Hayes allowed 10 runs over four innings and took the loss for the Thunderbirds. His club made the score close in the eighth as they scored eight times off Toronto reliever Doug Dimma.

Matt Logan added another home run, and had three hits for the Leafs, and Joe Colameco had a two-run homer and a single. Jeremy Walker and Danny Gibbons both added two RBIs.

For Hamilton, Champagnie homered, had four hits, and drove in a pair of runs. Robertson added four hits with Henry Duke and Derek Gordon getting three hits each. McGinn drove in three runs for the visitors.