T-Birds dramatics brings first IBL win

Hamilton Thunderbirds, staring at their fourth straight senior Intercounty Baseball League defeat, erupted for six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and edged the London Majors, 7-6, on Mother’s Day.

The win left the Thunderbirds with a 1-3 record. after Hamilton rebounded from an 8-2 setback delivered by the bats of the Red Sox in Brantford a day earlier.

On Sunday at Bernie Arbour Stadium, Jarrod Wehri and Dan Marshall each had two hits and two RBI for Hamilton while R.J. Lambert added two hits. Hamilton outhit the Majors, 10-8.

Bill Lawrence picked up the win allowing only two hits in two innings in relief of Dariel Saucedo who went seven innings, giving up five hits and eight walks with one strikeout.

Jeff Nunes was the loser (0-1) allowing two hits in relief of Rick Ross who gave up four hits in 2/3 innings. Mike Mitro started and went six innings followed by Ted Kalnins who pitched two innings.

In Brantford, Josh McCurdy and Al Stephens each had two hits including a home run to pace the Red Sox to their win over Hamilton.

Stephens had three RBI while McCurdy added two RBI. Tyler Burnell also had two hits.

Winning pitcher Brad Hogeterp (1-0) allowed only one earned run and five hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out seven before being relieved by Scott Robinson, Adam Vella and Marc-Andre Major who each worked an inning.

Kevin Whyte (0-1) was the losing pitcher, going 5 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits and six walks. Richard Wright had a solo home run and Matt Bekar added two hits for Hamilton.

Hamilton is back in action on Friday (May 16) when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Bernie Arbour Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. game.