After three scoreless innings, the Majors scored nine times over the next five innings on their way to a 9-5 victory over the Hamilton Thunderbirds on Friday night in London.
The Majors got on the board first with a one-out single by Chris Chambers. He brought in Allan Cattrysse who had singled in the fourth inning. Jordell Farquharson, Hamilton’s starting pitcher, then proceeded to load the bases after getting the second out of the inning. Milly Martiniello stepped to the plate and singled to plate two runs, giving London a 3-0 lead. Vince Burke added to the lead with an RBI single before Allan Cattrysse flew out to left field to end the fourth inning in the senior Intercounty Baseball League contest.
London extended its lead in the bottom of the fifth when Ryan Cattrysse doubled off of Doug Chrsyler, who replaced Farquharson on the mound, to open the inning and was brought in on Chambers’ double. Chambers tried to extend his hit into a triple but was thrown out.
Hamilton Thunderbirds’ Adam Cholewka broke up the shutout in the top of the sixth inning with a two-out single to bring in Matt McGraw, who singled, and Darnell Duckett, who got on with a free pass from starting pitcher Andy St. Gelais. However, the Majors regained their five run lead in the bottom of half of the sixth with two runs on two hits while Hamilton committed two errors and then added another run in the seventh inning.
The Thunderbirds cut the Majors lead in half in the top of the eighth inning when they loaded the bases. Pinch hitter Graeme Carey doubled up the middle to bring in two runs. Chris Piano was next up and grounded out to the shortstop which brought in a third run of the inning for Hamilton. London would add one more run in the bottom half to defeat Hamilton 9-5.
St. Gelais took the win going six innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits while eight and striking out 12 batters. Josh Palmer finished the last three innings for the Majors, allowing three earned runs on five hits and striking out four. Thunderbirds’ starter Farquharson took the loss going four innings, allowing four earned runs, on five hits while walking five and striking out two. Chrysler came in to relieve Farquharson in the fifth and allowed three runs, on four hits in two innings. Bill Langford and Nino Fasulo would each pitch an inning, each allowing a run.
Cholewka had a 2-for-4 night at the plate for the T-Birds with two RBI.
The Thunderbirds return home for a pair of games this weekend. The Toronto Maple Leafs visit Bernie Arbour Stadium on Saturday afternoon and the Guelph Royals visit on Sunday. Both games start at 2 p.m.