T-Birds rally falls short in extra innings

thunderbirdsNo one can accuse the Hamilton Thunderbirds of being quitters. Trailing 8-1 in their senior Intercounty Baseball League game against the visiting Kitchener Panthers on Sunday (July 5), the T-Birds staged a dramatic rally to force extra innings, only to wind up losing 10-8 in 11 innings.

Kitchener was enjoying its seven-run lead when Hamilton scored four runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth, only to lose when Curtis Young hit a two-run homer in the top of the 11th inning to seal the win for the Bernie Arbour Stadium guest.

Matt Taube also homered for the Panthers, a two-run shot in the first, and Mike Glinka had four of Kitchener’s 10 hits. Matt Cockburn, the fourth Panthers pitcher of the afternoon, got the win. He allowed one run on four hits with one strikeout in 2 2/3 innings of relief.

Ryan Sharpe, the fourth Hamilton pitcher of the game, was the loser in relief. Sharpe went 1 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits with two walks and one strikeout. John Saporsantos had a solo homer for the Thunderbirds, who slipped to 5-21 on the season.

On Friday night, the Thunderbirds scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to rally past the Guelph Royals 9-6 at Bernie Arbour.

Hamilton starter Jordell Farquharson got the win for the Thunderbirds and Sharpe picked up the save, going 1 1/3 scoreless innings and allowing three hits with a strikeout. Sharpe also had three hits, including a double.

Andrew Durfee had two hits and drove in two runs and Darnell Duckett had two hits and an RBI for the T-Birds.

Starter Craig Hawkins took the loss for Guelph. Sean Reilly hit a three-run homer for the losers and Frankie Hare had four hits. Jamie Pogue and Matt Mann both added a pair of hits for the Royals.