Hamilton’s Canadian Thunderbirds junior elite team had a winning start to this year’s Provincial Baseball League of Ontario season with a doubleheader sweep of their hosts, the London Badgers.
In Sunday’s (May 4) opener, the T-Birds came from behind a two-run deficit, scoring twice in the sixth inning before plating the winning run in the final and seventh frame for the 3-2 victory.
In the top of the seventh inning, John Csatary had a two out solo homerun to left field for the Thunderbirds winning run. Jordan Petruska, who had come on in relief of Billy Ralston in the fourth inning, cemented the win by striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh inning.
In the second game, won 4-1 by Hamilton, the Thunderbirds took the lead in the bottom of the third inning, scoring one run on a double by thirdbaseman Steve Toduschuk. That drove right fielder Colin Maybe, who had walked and then stole second, to home plate.
After London tied the game in the top of the fifth inning, Hamilton scored three in the bottom of the 5th on back-to-back singles by Kamala O’Bryan and Josh Kingston, a walk to Toduschuk and a towering three-run triple by Trevor Iwanicki.
Andrew Neustader got his first win of the season pitching four innings of scoreless ball while striking out nine London batters. Mitch Habib came on in relief of Neustader allowing only one run to save the win.
The Thunderbirds are back PBLO action on Tuesday (May 6) when Oakville Royals visits Heritage Green Park for a 6 p.m. first pitch.