After three rain-outs, the Hamilton Thunderbirds finally got their 2010 senior Intercounty Baseball League started.
Unfortunately it was on the short end of a 4-3 score as the Ottawa Fat Cats scored three runs in the seventh inning to win their first-ever game in franchise history. The new entry in the IBL got three scoreless innings from reliever Joel Richard who picked up the win Sunday (May 9) at Bernie Arbour Stadium.
Hamilton was rained out on May 2 and again on May 7 and 8.
Richard allowed three hits with three strikeouts and four walks, as the Fat Cats managed to win despite allowing 11 walks in the game.
Starter Mike Lynch allowed two runs on three hits over four innings and Ottawa used a three-run seventh inning rally to get the win. Tyler Durward allowed a run on two hits in the final two innings and got the save.
Kyle Pegg took the loss in relief for the Thunderbirds. He went three innings, allowing three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Mark Charrette and Jody Momboquette both had a hit and an RBI for Ottawa.
Adam Cholewka had two hits and two RBI for the T-Birds, while Chris Piano added a pair of hits.
Hamilton is back in action, at Bernie Arbour, on Friday (May 14) with a 7.30 p.m. start.