18-hit attack sends Thunderbirds crashing


LONDON – Jess Bechard had three hits and drove in three runs as the Hamilton Thunderbirds lost their fourth straight Intercounty Baseball League game to start the 2009 campaign, a 12-0 drubbing at the hands of the London Majors.

Hamilton’s veteran starter Doug Chrysler allowed nine runs, eight earned on 11 hits through three and two-thirds innings of the senior circuit contest on Sunday (May21). Chrysler managed to strike out two and issued two walks to take the loss. London collected 18 hits off Hamilton’s three pitchers to improve to 2-1. Kyle Piwowarczyk and Vince Burke each had four hits for London and each drove in two runs.

Pete Lawrence had two hits for Hamilton.

Majors’ starter Josh Palmer went five innings for the win, allowing two hits with seven strikeouts and four walks. Craig Bate followed with three hitless innings of relief, striking out three, and Alan Cattrysse pitched the ninth to complete the four-hit shutout.

Next action for the Thunderbirds is Friday when they play Guelph Royals at 7:35 p.m. at Bernie Arbour Stadium. Saturday, Hamilton travels to Oshawa for the first of two home-and home-games with the Dodgers at 2 p.m. The following day they will be hosts to Oshawa at Bernie Arbour at 2:05 p.m.