T-Birds’ fortunes short lived in IBL play

Hamilton Thunderbirds’ roller coaster ride this senior Intercounty Baseball League took another dip on Sunday (July 6) when the Brantford Red Sox scored a 7-1 win over their hosts.

The Red Sox used a four-run seventh inning and pounded out a total of 13 hits in the game at Bernie Arbour Stadium. It was the Red Sox 19th win this season while Hamilton tumbled 8-19.

Hamilton was coming off a 2-1 win over the Stratford Nationals on Friday night.

On Sunday, Dave Parsons had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Red Sox. Wayne Forman had two hits and four runs-batted-in for the Red Sox, while Adam Parliament and Al Stephens both added a pair of hits as starter Steve Murray and three relievers combined for a seven-hitter for the win.

Murray went six innings, allowing one run on seven hits with seven strikeouts, and the Red Sox took advantage of three Hamilton errors to score six unearned runs.

Henry Duke had two hits and drove in a run and Matt Bekar also had two hits for the Thunderbirds.

Hamilton starter Jesse Reinstein took the loss. He allowed 12 hits and seven runs – but just one earned run – with one strikeout over 6 1/3 innings.

On Friday night, In Hamilton, Kevin Whyte pitched a complete game five-hitter as the Thunderbirds edged Stratford, 2-1.

Whyte allowed just one earned run while striking out 10 and walking three.

Adam Doyle drove in the winning run for the Thunderbirds with a sixth-inning single, driving in Scott Wells from second base, to give Hamilton a 2-1 lead that would stand as the margin of victory.

Billy Lawrence had two hits for the Thunderbirds, who won despite getting just four hits off three Stratford pitchers.

Simon Liston started and went five innings for the Nationals, allowing one run on two hits with five strikeouts and six walks. Reliever Cory Hammond was the loser, allowing one run on one hit in one inning with a strikeout and two walks, as he allowed the sixth inning, game-winning run.

Ryan Blackburn and Duane Ryan both doubled for the Nationals, who managed just five hits.