The Hamilton Thunderbirds closed out the 2009 senior Intercounty Baseball League season the way they started it – losing.
But they went out gamely on Wednesday night, falling 6-5 to the London Majors. The loss was the 11th one-run defeat for the T-Birds this season, Hamilton’s post season fate had been determined the previous night when the Mississauga Twins won their game to clinch the final playoff berth.
Playing at home, Hamilton trailed 4-0 at one point. The Majors finished their season by picking up their 21st win while the Thunderbirds, finishing in last place, posted a 7-29 record in a rebuilding season. The T-Birds started the season going 0-15 before registering their first win.
Mike Delong pitched six innings for the win, allowing two runs – one earned – on four hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. Perry Silverman had three hits – a single, a double and a triple – for the Majors, who finished fifth and will meet either Toronto or Brantford in the first round of the playoffs.
Kyle Piwowarczyk and Will Richards added a double each for the Majors.
The Thunderbirds, who were charged with five errors in the game, used eight pitchers in the contest. Brad Huscko was the loser, allowing one run and one hit in one inning. Darnell Duckett had two hits, including a double, and Devon Coburn also had two hits for Hamilton.