Thunderbirds split Intercounty twin bill with Barrie Baycats


Scoring six runs in your first at-bat might suggest a promising start. Then again it could be a false promise.

And that’s what it was for the Hamilton Thunderbirds who fell 14-9 in the first half of an Intercounty Baseball League doubleheader with the Barrie Baycats.

The Thunderbirds recovered from that setback to take the nightcap 4-3 on Sunday at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium. Eighth-place Hamilton’s record is now 7-15 while fourth-place Barrie sits at 12-13 in the nine-team senior circuit.

The first game of the twin bill was a contest rescheduled from May 27 when bad weather forced the postponement.

While Hamilton scored six times in the bottom of the first inning to nullify Barrie’s three runs in their first at-bats, the Baycats scored six of their own runs in the sixth inning and added two more in the seventh to steal the win. Adam Banski went the distance for the Barrie mound victory, yielding nine runs (eight earned) on 17 hits and a pair of walks. He struck two batters out.

William Lawrence, in relief of starter Chris Hayes took the loss. He entered the game in the third inning and in two and two-third innings gave up four unearned runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out two. Mark Tourangeau and Andrew Schwalm combined to complete the game.

For Barrie, Jared McCord had three hits, including a double and batted in four runs. Dave Latour also had three hits, one of which was a double, and three RBI. Ryan Asis and Angus Roy each added a double and two RBI.

Kevin Mailloux, a junior call-up from the Windsor Selects, led Hamilton at the plate with a single, two doubles, and a triple, and batted in two runs. Henry Duke had three hits including a double and a 320-foot solo home run over the left field fence in the third inning. Duke drove in three runs. Geoff Allen and Ian Kowalchuk each doubled and had an RBI.

In the second half of the doubleheader, Hamilton built a 4-2 lead and held on win.

Nibaldo Acosta went five innings for the win allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk. He retired five batters on strikes. Jesus Chourio entered the game in the sixth and earned the save.

For Barrie, Brad Bissell went the distance giving up four runs (two earned) on eight hits.

Allen had two hits and an RBI for Hamilton with Duke adding two more singles. Both players scored a run.

Barrie countered with singles from Ryan Spataro, Latour, Asis, Roy, and Glenn Jackson.

Hamilton travels to Oshawa for a game against the Dodgers on Tuesday (June 26), visit the Baycats on Thursday and host the Kitchener Panthers on Friday at Bernie Arbour. Game time is 7.30 p.m.