Mark Sikorski pitched 4 1/3 solid innings of relief as the Toronto Maple Leafs held on to drop the Hamilton Thunderbirds 8-6 in senior Intercounty Baseball League play on Friday (July 10).
Hamilton’s game in Mississauga on Saturday was postponed because of rain. No makeup date has been set and the T-Birds are 2 ½ games back of the Twins for the final playoff spot.
On Friday at Bernie Arbour Stadium, the visiting Leafs rapped out 14 hits for the win but it was Sikorski who stole the show, allowing just one hit on two unearned runs with six strikeouts in relief of starter Jason Pilkington, who was tossed for arguing balls and strikes in the fourth inning.
Toronto (18-10) moved into third place in the IBL with the win, just a half-game out of second and 4 1/2 games behind the league leading Barrie Baycats, who the Leafs still play three more times this year.
Gamin Teague had three hits, including a solo homer, and Rob Gillis also homered for the Leafs. Kyle Degrace, Kern Watts and Dan Gibbons all also had three hits for Toronto, with Gibbons driving in four runs and Teague driving in a pair.
For Hamilton (5-23) Bill Langford took the loss. He allowed two runs on two hits over 2 1/3 innings, striking out two and walking three.
John Saporsantos had a two-run homer for the T-Birds while Darnell Duckett had three hits and Drew Petit had a pair of hits for the T-Birds who had 11 hits in the game.
Hamilton will be host to the Barrie Baycats today at 2p.m. at Bernie Arbour.