Leafs use win over Thunderbirds to grab share of first in IBL

Hamilton Thunderbirds staged a final inning rally but came up short, losing 4-3 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in Intercounty Baseball League play.

The visiting T-Birds scored one run in the ninth inning after Damon Topolie drove in what would stand as the winning run with a seventh inning single to lift the Maple Leafs into a first-place tie with the Oshawa Dodgers.

The loss dropped Hamilton’s record to 5-2 while Toronto improved to 4-1 with the win at Christie Pits on Wednesday night (May 21).

Mike Bonanno had three hits and two runs batted in while Richard Wright and Tommy Robertson had two hits each for the Thunderbirds who had eight hits in total. Joe Colameco added an RBI double for the Leafs and Rob Gillis added two singles for the Leafs, who matched their guests’ eight hits.

Starter Doug Dimma went six solid innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Reliever Mark Sikorski pitched two hitless innings for the win, striking out one and walking one, and Matt Firth got the last three outs for the save. Hamilton reliever Anthony Carlo took the loss, allowing one run and one hit in 2/3 innings. Each team committed two errors.

In Brantford, the Red Sox made it two wins in as many days over the Kitchener Panthers with a 7-5 victory.

Mike Meyers picked up the win in relief with five shutout innings, allowing just two hits with nine strikeouts and no walks in relief of starter Marc-Andre Major. Josh McCurdy’s four hits included a pair of home runs and a triple for the Red Sox. McCurdy also had three RBI and scored three runs.

Kitchener reliever Chris Biiriel was the loser, allowing two runs on three hits over three innings, striking out two and walking none in relief of starter Inderpal Rai.

Scott Schmidt had three singles for the Panthers, who are 0-6 to start the season.