Hamilton Thunderbirds can put their 10-26 senior Intercounty Baseball League regular season record behind them and prepare for the “new” season.
Hamilton, playing a “home” game in Barrie on Tuesday (July 22) night because the diamond at Bernie Arbour Stadium was unplayable because of rain, finish the year in eighth and will meet either London or Guelph in the first round of the playoffs. The Thunderbirds completed the regular schedule with a 5-0 loss to the Baycats.
Jake Hines and four relievers combined for the seven-hit shutout. The Baycats finish the season 24-12 in third place and will face either Oshawa or Toronto in the opening round.
Hines got the win, going five innings and allowing five hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Scott Price tossed two scoreless innings and Ryan Fisher and Chris England finished things up with a scoreless inning each.
Dave Latour paced Barrie’s 13-hit attack with three hits, including a double, and drove in a run. Ryan Asis had two hits and two RBI, Jared McCord had two hits and one RBI and Glenn Jackson and Ian Choy both also had two hits for the winners.
Coogie Freedman took the loss for the T-Birds, who also used four pitchers. He went three innings, allowing one run on four hits with one strikeout.
Tim Hebner had two of the T-Birds seven hits.