T-Birds celebrate Father’s Day with last inning heroics

Henry Duke’s bottom of the ninth inning single drove in the winning run to give the Hamilton Thunderbirds a 4-3 win over the Brantford Red Sox.

Duke’s single scored Richard Rausch from third base, making a winner of reliever Chase Gaff, who faced one batter and struck him out in the top of the ninth inning with two outs and the bases loaded. The Father’s Day win was just Hamilton’s fourth of the season, against 12 losses. But for the eighth place T-Birds is should prove to be a confidence builder – it came against the senior Intercounty Baseball League’s third best team which has an 11-7 mark.

Scott Wells started for the Thunderbirds and allowed three runs – one earned – on five hits over five innings. Geoff Allen, Jerrod Wehri and Jon Smith all had two hits for the Thunderbirds, who totalled 10 hits in the game.

Tyler Burnell had a double and a triple for the Red Sox, while Wayne Foreman also had a pair of hits for Brantford.

Scott Robinson went seven innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, with Jeff MacLeod taking the loss in relief.