For one inning everything was going well for the Hamilton Thunderbirds. But then came the second inning of their senior Intercounty Baseball League against Toronto on Wednesday night. The Maple Leafs poured nine runs across home plate, enroute to a 17-9 pasting of Hamilton.
Hamilton pitchers were the victims of an 18-hit assault on the night as Hamilton’s record fell to 8-20. Toronto, now 12-17, sent 14 men to the plate in the explosive second frame.
Gamin Teague belted a pair of homers and drove in four runs for the Leafs, while Jeremy Walker homered and drove in four runs. Kyle Degrace also homered and drove in a pair of runs. Joe Colameco added three hits and two RBI and Rob Gillis had three hits and drove in a run while Rodney Caballero also homered for Toronto.
Doug Dimma (3-3) went six innings for the win, allowing five runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
Hamilton starter Rob Foscarin (2-2) was tagged for 11 runs, nine earned, on 12 hits over three-plus innings to take the loss.
Tom Robertson and Geoff Allen both had two hits and drove in two runs for the Thunderbirds who managed 10 hits in the game at Christie Pits. Hamilton rebounded slightly in the third inning, scoring four runs.