Home field is T-Birds undoing in IBL playoffs

Hamilton Thunderbirds likely sensed they were in trouble heading into Monday (Aug. 4) night’s game against the London Majors.

In their five previous Intercounty Baseball League playoff games, the home team had managed but one win. So with the Majors coming to Bernie Arbour Stadium, the Majors were in the driver’s seat.

And drive they did, scoring an 8-1 win over the Thunderbirds that gave London the best-of-seven affair, 4-2.

The eighth place Thunderbirds gave the Majors everything they could handle in the series but finally came up short against the pennant winning Majors, who finished 17 games ahead of Hamilton in the regular season standings.

Adam Echlin carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning for the Majors and wound up pitching seven innings to get the win, allowing just two hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Pierre Miville-Deschenes finished up and allowed the lone Hamilton run in the eighth inning.

Mason Reilly had four hits for the Majors, including a two-run homer, and Kevin Virtue, Jess Bechard and Jeff Helps all added two hits for the Majors.

Henry Duke had two hits and drove in the lone Hamilton run as the Thunderbirds couldn’t complete what would have been a major first-round series upset.

Loser Jesse Reinstein went 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and four walks.for Hamilton.