1978 champion IBL Cardinals take spotlight while T-Birds stumble

Past glories were honoured but present efforts went unrewarded at Bernie Arbour Stadium on Saturday (June 14) afternoon.

The Hamilton Thunderbirds paid tribute to the city’s 1978 Intercounty Baseball League champion Cardinals, but the 2008 edition of the team came up a little short. Jess Bechard had four hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning, to lead the London Majors to an 8-7 win over the Thunderbirds. The loss left the T-Birds record at 3-12.

The Majors, whose record improved to 10-4, pounded out 13 hits in the win. David Narodowski also homered, a solo shot in the eighth that complimented his double and single. Kevin Virtue and Mason Reilly also had three hits for London.

Pierre Miville-Deschenes picked up the win in relief, tossing four innings. He allowed one unearned run, gave up four hits, and had two strikeouts in relief of starter Geoff Mann, who went five innings and allowed six runs.

Zac Staniewicz started for the Thunderbirds and allowed five runs – three earned – over 7 2/3 innings, but it was reliever Rob Foscaein who took the loss, charged with three runs – one earned – in 2/3 innings.

Staniewicz had three hits at the plate for Hamilton, including a double, while Richard Rausch added two hits. Jesse Robertson hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Henry Duke blasted a three-run shot in the fifth for Hamilton.