The Hamilton Thunderbirds got their second senior Intercounty Baseball League win of the 2010 campaign, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 9-7.
Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Raul Borjas, who reached base on a single, scored two batters later when Dan Gibbons hit a sacrifice fly to right field. Hamilton was able to get a pair of runners on base in the bottom half of the inning on two walks but were unable to cash them in. The Maple Leafs doubled their lead in the third inning when Brian Ivan scored on a bases loaded single by Brian Corcoran. Gibbons also tried to score on the single but was thrown out by Thunderbirds’ left fielder Graeme Carey.
The Thunderbirds then broke the game open at Bernie Arbour Stadium, scoring nine times in the bottom of the fifth inning as they sent 12 batters to the plate. In the inning, Hamilton had singles off the bats of Chris Piano, Jordan Windisch, Carey, Darnell Duckett, Colin Zwieble and Chris Leendertse. Piano capped the avalanche of runs with a two-run triple in his second at bat of the inning.
It was a disastrous inning for the Maple Leafs who committed three errors, two on one play, to extend the inning for the Thunderbirds.
Toronto mounted a comeback scoring once in the sixth inning and then four more times in the eighth inning. Three of the four runs in the eighth came off the bat of Rob Gillis who had a three-run homerun to right field.
On the mound, Doug Chrysler had a strong night going six innings in the win allowing three runs on seven hits with one walk. Mike Fortuna, Justin Volpato and Nino Fasulo came in to finish the game, combining to allow four runs on six hits. Fasulo picked up the save for the Thunderbirds.
For Toronto, starter Drew Taylor went three scoreless innings only allowing two batters to reach base, both on walks. Jake Gallo took the loss going one and a third innings while allowing nine runs, one of which was earned, on six hits before leaving the game to make way for Ryan Mashinter who finished the inning and the game.
The win brings the T-Birds’ record to 2-6 while Toronto drops to 4-5 on the season.
The Hamilton Thunderbirds will return to Bernie Arbour on Sunday for a 2 p.m. first pitch against the Barrie Baycats.