T-Birds not going out without a fight

thunderbirdsThey won’t go quietly.

Hamilton Thunderbirds, holding on by their fingernails for the final playoff spot in the senior Intercounty Baseball League, dropped an 8-7 decision to the Brantford Red Sox on Wednesday night to remain a game and a half back of the eighth place Mississauga Twins. Hamilton has two games remaining while the Twins have three in the regular schedule.

Brantford’s win moved the Red Sox to within 1 1/2 games of the first place Barrie Baycats.

The Sox survived some rainy weather delays and a determined Hamilton team that is still trying to get into the playoffs. While Brantford improved to 23-10 on the season, the Thunderbirds slipped to 7-27.

Josh McCurdy sparked the Sox attack with three hits, including a triple, two RBI and two runs scored. Byron Bell also had three hits, including a double, and drove in four runs as Brantford scored five runs in the second inning to take the lead.

Reliever Scott Robinson got the victory, allowing two runs on four hits over three innings, striking out three and walking none. Stefan Strecker allowed an unearned run and one hit in the ninth with a strikeout for the save, all in relief of starter Robert Ramsdale.

Adam Durfee had four hits for the T-Birds, including a double, and had two RBI. Drew Pettit had three hits, including a homer, and also drove in two runs and Jordan Windisch added a pair of hits.

Reliever Mike Fortuna allowed an RBI single to Bell in the seventh inning that drove in the winning run and took the loss.