The Hamilton Thunderbirds committed seven errors on their way to an 8-4 loss at the hands of the Kitchener Panthers in senior Intercounty Baseball League play on Thursday night.
Kitchener would open up the game in the bottom of the first inning scoring three unearned runs. The visitors to Bernie Arbour Stadium had their first two batters, Luke Baker and Mike Glinka, reach base on errors with Baker scoring on Glinka’s hit. Thunderbirds’ starter Jordell Farquharson would then walk Mat Taube and load up the bases on Brent Mitchell’s single.
Hamilton would get their first out of the game when Farquharson struck out Ben Kangas. Kevin Childs then stepped to the plate and brought in a run when he was hit by the pitch. The final Panther run would come in when Mike Winter grounded out to the shortstop with the bases loaded.
Hamilton got on the board in the top of the fourth. Tim Hebner led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third base on a throwing error by Kitchener’s starting pitcher Taylor Bratton. Hebner would score on a passed ball.
The Panthers extended their lead scoring three runs on two hits and a Thunderbird error after sending eight batters to the plate in the fifth inning. The Panthers would add an additional two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Hamilton would cut into the Kitchener lead scoring twice in the top of the seventh. Jordan Windisch would start off the inning with a walk and was moved to second on Tyler Windisch’s single. Jordan advanced to third on Taylor Vanderlip’s fielder’s choice that would get Tyler out at second base. Jordan scored on a passed ball and Vanderlip would score a few batters later on Graeme Carey’s bases loaded walk.
Jordan Windisch would add another run for Hamilton in the eighth with a solo homerun, which is his second homerun in as many days.
Taylor Bratton took the win for Kitchener going six and two-thirds innings allowing three earned runs on six hits, walking six and striking out three. In relief, Mike Andrus went an inning and a third allowing the Jordan Windisch homerun and striking out three. Kevin Childs would pitch the ninth inning for the Panthers allowing a hit, a walk and striking out two. Farquharson would take the loss pitching in five and a third innings allowing eight runs, two were earned, on six hits, walking four and striking out seven. Ryan Noak would pitch one and two-thirds of relief work while allowing one hit and walking one batter. Bill Langford would pitch the bottom of the eighth only allowing one hit while inducing a double play ball to end the inning.
Brent Mitchell (2 for 3, 2 Singles, Hit By Pitch, BB, K, 2 Runs)
Ben Kangas (2 for 5, 2 Singles, K, Run)
Mike Glinka (2 for 5, Single, Double, Reached on E, 2 Runs)
Matt McGraw (2 for 2, 2 Singles, 3 BB, 2 SB)
Tim Hebner (1 for 2, Single, BB, Run)
Jordan Windisch (1 for 3, BB, Solo HR, 2 Runs, RBI)