Thunderbirds rout weary Baycats to stay alive for playoffs

thunderbirds1The Hamilton Thunderbirds kept their Intercountry Baseball League playoff hopes alive with a convincing 19-2 rout of the first place Barrie Baycats. The win, only Hamilton’s sixth this season against 23 losses, left them two games back of the idle Mississauga Twins (7-20) for the final playoff berth.

The hectic schedule of the Baycats finally caught up with the IBL leaders on Sunday at Bernie Arbour Stadium. The Baycats were playing their seventh game in eight days since the IBL All-Star Game last week and simply ran out of gas, using two position players as pitchers later in the game, as the Thunderbirds rapped out 20 hits.

Hamilton scored six runs in the first inning and five more in the second. Drew Pettit had four hits and drove in three runs for the T-Birds, while Brad Huscko had two hits and four RBI. Darnell Duckett added a pair of hits and drove in two runs for the winners.

David Huscko got the win on the mound, allowing two runs on five hits over five innings with two strikeouts and two walks.

Barrie starter Angus Roy was the loser, allowing nine runs – six earned – on eight hits over 1 2/3 innings, striking out two and walking two. Matt Logan and Jordan Lundberg both had doubles for Barrie.