Key game slips away from Thunderbirds

thunderbirdsThe Mississauga Twins won a crucial game Monday night as Zach Dickson drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the visiting Hamilton Thunderbirds, 11-10, in the lone Intercounty Baseball League game.

Mississauga (8-24) pulled 1 1/2 games ahead of the Thunderbirds (7-26) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the IBL with the win in the wild game. The Twins led 8-3 after three innings only to fall behind after the T-Birds scored six runs in the fourth.

Dickson, Mike Bannano and Jon Slattery all had three hits for the Twins, who had lost 20 of their previous 22 games. Bannano also scored three runs, Slattery scored twice and Wes O’Neill chipped in with two hits, two runs scored, and an RBI.

Jeff McLeod got the win in relief with a hitless ninth inning, striking out two, after taking over from starter Mike McGillvray and reliever Adam Banski.

Ryan Sharpe, the fourth Hamilton pitcher, took the loss. He allowed two runs on five hits over three innings, striking out three and walking one.

Steve Dowding had three hits, scored three runs and stole a base, while Adam Durfee had three hits including a solo homer and drove in two runs. Tyler Vanderlip added a two-run homer for the T-Birds, who have just three games remaining.