T-Birds rally comes up short in IBL play

The Hamilton Thunderbirds fell short by a score of 2-1 as they faced the Baycats in Barrier on Thursday night.

The Baycats opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning of the senior Intercounty Baseball League game. Ryan Spataro opened the game with a triple and later scored on Dave Latour’s groundout to second base. Barrie doubled its lead in the third inning when Glenn Jackson scored on Kyle Fillier sacrifice fly to Thunderbirds’ centre fielder Darnell Duckett.

The Thunderbirds looked to get on the board in the top of the sixth inning. Steve Dowding opened the inning by being hit by a pitch and advanced to third base on Duckett’s double to right field. Dowding attempted to score but was put out in a rundown for the second out of the inning. On the rundown, however, Duckett advanced to third but was left stranded when Matt McGraw grounded out to third baseman Donavan Latour.

Hamilton cut the Barrie lead by one in the top of the ninth when Jon Saporsantos hit a two-out RBI single that brought in Colin Zwieble to break up the shutout. Chris Piano then walked to load the bases. However, all runners were stranded when Jordan Windisch grounded out to end the game.

For Barrie, Brad Bissell earned the win going eight innings of shutout baseball before allowing an earned run in the top of the ninth. Bissell gave up five hits and struck out three Thunderbirds batters. Kyle Payne got the save for Barrie, facing five batters in the ninth inning. Jordell Farquharson, of the Thunderbirds, took the loss after allowing two earned runs over eight innings of work on six hits while striking out three batters.

Neither team committed an error.

The T-Birds are home tonight (Friday, May 28) when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs starting at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday the Thunderbirds present a Night with Dan Dyer at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Parish at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door.