The visiting Guelph Royals scored four runs in the top of the third inning and never looked back as they defeated the Hamilton Thunderbirds 10-4.
Hamilton looks to rebound from the senior Intercounty Baseball League setback on Sunday (May 23) when the Brantford Red Sox visit Bernie Arbour Stadium for a 2 p.m. contest.
On Friday night, Royals opened the scoring in the third when Brian Brown stole third base and took home on an errant throw from Thunderbirds’ catcher Matt Fortuna. Guelph then proceeded to score three more times on Jeremy Wear’s and Mark Allen’s run-batted-in singles and Sean Riley’s sacrifice fly to centre field.
Two innings later Hamilton broke the shutout when Jon Saporsantos scored on Graeme Carey’s ground out to the shortstop. However, Guelph added to its lead, scoring six runs in the seventh inning capped off by Kevin Hinton’s two-run homerun off of Billy Langford.
The Thunderbirds tried to get back into the game in the eighth inning. Carey opened the inning with a double followed by a walk to Tim Hebner before Darnell Duckett singled to load the bases. That brought up Adam Cholewka who grounded out to second base but brought in a run. Chris Piano stepped to the plate and tripled to score two runs. Alas, that was all Hamilton could get as the Royals’ Chris Romano shutdown the Thunderbirds for the final one and a third innings of work.
Guelph collected a total of 16 hits while Hamilton could muster only five. The winning pitcher was Ryan Hart (7 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 11 K, 2 BB) while the losing Pitcher was David Hucsko (6 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 0 K, 1 BB).
Offensively Guelph was led by Frankie Hare, who went two-for three at the plate along with two walks, two stolen bases. Kevin Hinton had the game’s lone homerun.
For the T-Birds, finished the night two-for-four, scored one run and had a stolen base.
The loss leaves Hamilton with a 1-4 record.