The Hamilton Thunderbirds trials and tribulations continue in the Intercounty Baseball League. The senior division team recorded losses No. 19 and 20 on Friday and Thursday (June 25 and 26) against a pair of wins this season. Thursday’s 6-3 setback in Barrie against the Bay Cats and Friday’s 12-4 crushing from the bats of the Brantford Red Sox left the last place T-Birds 15 games out of first place.
Hamilton will look for its third win on Sunday (June 27) when the Mississauga Twins visit Bernie Arbour Stadium for a 2 p.m. tilt.
On Friday night, Tyler Burnell had two hits and three RBI to lead the Red Sox 12-4 win. Hyung Cho and Adam Vella also had two hits each for the Red Sox who collected 11 in total.
Winning pitcher Jeff MacLeod (1-1) came on in relief of starter Steve Murray, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks. Murray went four innings, allowing two runs, both unearned, and two walks while striking out four. Robert Ramsdale finished up in relief of MacLeod.
Ryan Sharpe and Jon Saporsantos each had two of Hamilton’s six hits.
Ryan VanSpronsen (2-4) was the loser, giving up eight runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out six and only walked one. Kyle Pegg (one inning) and Doug Chrysler (4 1/3 innings) finished up.
In Barrie on Thursday, Jordan Lundberg’s fourth inning two-run home run scored the winning run as the Baycats won for the sixth straight win and extend their first place lead to two games over Brantford.
Paul Spoljaric (5-2) went eight innings for the win, striking out eight while walking none and allowing seven hits. Jake Hines pitched the ninth for his second save of the season.
Three other Baycats had two hits each – Jeff Cowan, Steve Lewis and David Latour, who also scored twice. Lundberg also had a double and two runs scored as the four players accounted for eight of Barrie’s 10 hits.
Sharpe led the T-birds with three hits, including a double and a triple, and two RBI while Tim Hebner added two singles in Hamilton’s nine hit effort.
The losing pitcher was Matt Whidden, who gave up all six runs on eight hits, three walks and two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. He was relieved by Paul McKenna who went 4 1/3 innings to finish up, allowing two hits and two walks with two strikeouts.