As a sendoff gift it wasn’t the most ideal.
The Hamilton Thunderbirds saluted infielder Jesse Robertson before their Intercounty Baseball League game with the Oshawa Dodgers on Sunday (June 22) afternoon at Bernie Arbour Stadium. Robertson, who was playing his final game for the senior league team, has opted to join the Canadian Armed Forces.
After a pre-game ceremony which included Master Warrant Officer Barry Vincent of the Canadian Armed Forces officially welcoming the player and team owner Drew Brady thanking Robertson for his contributions and presenting him with his Thunderbirds’ jersey signed by his teammates, the T-Birds lost 3-1 to the Oshawa Dodgers.
Adam Garner went eight innings for the win, allowing one run on six hits with one strikeout and one walk. Brandon Agnew got the last three outs for the save, while Ken Calway’s two-run double in the sixth drove in the winning runs.
Kevin Whyte was charged with the loss, lasting six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with three walks and one strikeout. Geoff Allen drove in the lone Hamilton run with an RBI single in the fifth.
The teams had to endure a 1 hour, 55 minute rain delay and the Dodgers survived making five errors to move back over the .500 mark at 11-10. Hamilton’s record is now 6-14. The Thunderbirds travel to Stratford to play the Nationals on Tuesday night.