A 15-hit attack spoiled the home and season opener for Hamilton on Sunday (May 4) as Guelph Royals handed the Thunderbirds a 13-2 loss in the senior Intercounty Baseball League.
The visitors to Bernie Arbour Stadium built a 6-0 lead in the first four innings before the T-Birds scored their only runs in the sixth inning.
Royals’ centrefielder Matt Mann was a one-man wrecking crew for Guelph, collecting four hits including two doubles and a three-run homerun that cleared the right field fence 380 feet away. Mann also plated himself twice while teammate Frankie Hare scored four runs on three hits and batted in two runs. Andrew Karkoulas added a single and a 290-foot solo home run over the left field fence.
For Hamilton, Jarrod Wehri and Richard Wright singled with Wright batting Wehri home in the sixth inning.
Pitcher Ryan Hart went six innings for the win allowing two hits and a walk. He struck out seven batters. Aaron Biggs came on in relief in the seventh inning and had six strikeouts while yielding a safety and a walk.
Kevin Whyte was charged with the loss for Hamilton, yielding four runs on five hits and three walks through four innings. He had three strikeouts. Whyte had relief help from Kyle Nicoletta, Arthur Lebenda, Bill Lawrence, Ryan Nowack, and Wehri.
Hamilton will be looking for revenge on Tuesday (May 6) when the travel to Guelph to play the Royals. That game was rescheduled from Saturday when it was rained out. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at David Hastings Stadium.