Thunderbirds to honour AHL champion Hamilton Bulldogs

Hamilton Thunderbirds, who had their most explosive showing of this senior Intercounty Baseball League on Friday (July 13), will see if the magic is still in the bats on Calder Cup Night this Wednesday (July 18).

The T-Birds pounded out 22 hits in crushing the London Majors 17-3. They had hoped to carry that momentum into their next game, the following night in Brantford, but wet grounds forced a postponement of the game.

On Wednesday night, the Guelph Royals will visit Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium where the Thunderbirds will honour the American Hockey League champion Hamilton Bulldogs. Bruiser, the team’s mascot and ambassador, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Those attending the 7.30 p.m. game will have a chance to win a team-autographed hockey stick and Bulldogs VIP passes.

On Friday, Hamilton second baseman Tom Robertson led the way with five hits and two RBI as the T-Birds recorded their 13th win of the season. Hamilton’s record is now 13-19 while London has a 13-20 mark.

Nibaldo Acosta got credit for the win going seven complete innings. He gave up one run on four hits while retiring 11 London batters on strikes. Kirk Martin took the loss. He lasted three innings and was touched up for six runs on nine hits and a walk. He struck out two men.

The top hitter for the Majors was Kyle Piwowarczyk with two hits and an RBI.