T-Birds stymied by teenager, lose to Oshawa

Hamilton Thunderbirds, coming off a 9-5 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night, found a 15-year-old was more than they could handle 24 hours later.

Oshawa Dodgers pitching sensation Evan Grills picked up his first Intercounty Baseball League win on the senior circuit, beating the visiting Thunderbirds 6-5.

In his second career start, Grills went eight solid innings, allowing just two earned runs on five hits, striking out nine and walking three, to help the Dodgers improve to 2-1. In 15 innings this season Grills (1-0) has allowed just three earned runs.

Reliever Gilbert Santana pitched a perfect ninth for the save, as Oshawa overcame four errors to drop Hamilton’s record to 2-4.

Daniel Telford drove in three runs for the Dodgers, while Sean Cunningham had two hits, scored a pair of runs and drove in another for Oshawa, as the Dodgers broke open the game with a four-run seventh inning.

Hamilton starter Kevin White went 6 2/3 innings, allowing five unearned runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and four walks, but reliever Andrew Schwalm was charged with the loss, allowing an unearned run on one hit in 1 1/3 innings. All the Oshawa runs were unearned.

Jesse Robertson had two hits, including a double and a homer, while Matt Bekar also had two hits and an RBI for Hamilton.

On Friday night, Richard Wright had two hits, including a two-run homer, and Jarrod Wehri added two hits and drove in three runs as the Thunderbirds beat the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bernie Arbour Stadium.

Zack Staniewicz pitched a complete game nine-hitter for Hamilton, striking out 10. It was the Leafs their first loss after three wins to start the season.

Geoff Allen had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for Hamilton, while Henry Duke added a pair of hits, including a double, to add to Hamilton’s 13-hit attack.

Yole Reina was the loser for the Leafs, going 5 2/3 innings. He allowed eight runs on 10 hits, striking out four, as the Thunderbird broke open the game with five runs in the sixth inning.

Damon Toplie paced the Leafs attack with two hits and three RBI, while Matt Logan had a double and two RBI and Nildo Puertas added a pair of hits.

Hamilton resumes league play Sunday (May 18) at 2 p.m. when Barrie visits Bernie Arbour Stadium.