T-Bird batters stymied by Maple Leafs’ pitching

Toronto pounded out 17 hits and rallied from a 5-4 deficit to beat the Hamilton Thunderbirds 12-5 Monday night (July 14) in Hamilton, the Leafs fourth win in their past five senior Intercounty Baseball League games.

Jeremy Walker hit a three-run homer and Joe Colameco added a solo shot and four hits for the Leafs, who improved to 14-18.

Mike Lynch picked up the win on the mound, going seven strong innings. He allowed five runs – four earned – on five hits with 11 strikeouts and five walks. Mark Sikorski and Jeff Reeves both added a scoreless inning of relief. Kyle Degrace added three hits for the Leafs, while Danny Gibbons, Walker, Ryan Fosbury and Bryan Condotta all added two hits each for Toronto.

Kevin Whyte started for the Thunderbirds and went six innings. He allowed five runs on nine hits, striking out three and walking three, before reliever Anthony Carlo took the loss. Carlo allowed four unearned runs on four hits over two innings.

Henry Duke homered and had two hits for the Thunderbirds, who slipped to 8-24 with the loss. John Saporsantos had two of Hamilton’s five hits.