Junior T-Birds lose momentum after quick start in IBL game

The Stoney Creek Thunderbirds made their first visit to Kitchener’s Jack Couch Park on Tuesday (May 13) but came up short, 9-5, against the Dodgers in Junior Intercounty Baseball.

The Thunderbirds scored single runs in the first two innings to take a 2-0 lead which the Dodgers wiped out with four of their own in the third and never looked back.

The Dodgers would add two more in the fifth inning before Stoney Creek chipped away and came with another single effort in the sixth inning and a pair in the seventh to make it 6-5. Kitchener would add three more in the bottom of the seventh to cement the win.

Matt Loughridge and Dusty Slater led the way for Stoney Creek with two hits each. Kyle Bom led Kitchener with three hits, including a bunt single. Scott Mahn, Mike Glinka and Thomas Biskup had two hits each.

Winning pitcher Thomas Fear went six complete innings, while starter Arthur Labenda took the loss for the Thunderbirds. Labenda gave up six hits, struck out none and walked four over four innings. He was tagged with four earned runs, In relief, Kurt Saunders went four innings, surrendered five runs on six hits, struck out four and walked five. Eric Cronsberry pitched one inning of relieft and struck out one batter while giving up no hits.