Look out! Here come the Thunderbirds! Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Mississauga Twins has given Hamilton’s senior Intercounty Baseball League entry its third straight win. And each victory was by a single run.
Hamilton opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. James Lekas and Shane Adoranti (two-for-four) each reached base with singles with Lekas advancing to third on a stolen base. Tim Hebner (two-for-four) singled to plate Lekas. Adam Cholewka ( two-for-three night) followed with a single to load the bases. Adam Durfee’s safety brought in a pair of runs before Dan Jagdeo grounded into an inning-ending double play and Hamilton up 3-0.
Mississauga would cut the deficit in the eighth. The visitors to Bernie Arbour Stadium strung together four singles from Elliot Shrive, Chad Marshall, Ian Choy, and Branson Joseph with Choy’s being a two-RBI single for the Twins only offense.
Hamilton’s starter, Matt Martinow, went seven innings, allowing no runs on five hits, walking one and striking out seven batters for the victory. Reliever Mike Fortuna allowed two earned runs on three hits to the three batters he faced without getting an out. Nino Fasulo followed to pitch two innings, allowing one hit and striking out one to earn the save.
Shane Cole took the loss for Mississauga going six innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out four. Adam Banski pitched the final two innings for the Twins allowing two hits, striking out two and hitting one batter.
The Thunderbirds announced that Sean Noon, the team’s official scorekeeper, worked his last game on Wednesday as he is being deployed to Afghanistan. The entire Thunderbirds’ organization expressed their appreciation to Noon for his dedication and wish him all the best during his tour of duty.