T-Birds bounce back after beating

A day after being humbled by Mississauga, the Hamilton Thunderbirds rebounded to defeat the Twins 4-3 at Bernie Arbour Stadium on Pink Ladies Day, upping their record to 7-19.

On Saturday, the Twins buried the T-Birds, 30-0 in senior Intercounty Baseball League play.

Sunday, Mississauga opened the scoring in the top of the third inning. Elliot Shrive was safe with a single, stole second base and scored when Chad Marshall tripled.

Hamilton replied in their half of the inning beginning with Tim Hebner’s lead off single. He advanced to second when Jon Saporsantos laid down a sacrifice bunt. Hebner moved up another 90 feet off on Chris Piano’s deep fly ball to centre field. Adam Cholewka then singled in Hebner to get the Thunderbirds on the board.

Cholewka advanced to second base on a passed ball and scored on Matt McGraw’s double down the third base line to give Hamilton a 2-1 lead. The Thunderbirds added another run in the fourth when Darnell Duckett, who got on with a single and advanced to third on a two-base error by starting pitcher Bill Martin, was cashed in by Matt Fortuna’s ground out.

The Twins tied the game up in the top of the sixth when Branson Joseph led off with a hit by pitch and was followed by Jeff MacCloud’s homerun to right field.

Hamilton would take the lead for good in the eighth when the Twins’ pitching staff got into a bit of trouble. Franco Pace would open the inning striking out Adam Durfee and then proceeded to walk Duckett, Graeme Carey and Fortuna. After Colin Zwiebel struck out for the second out of the inning, Saporsantos was walked to plate the eventual game winning run.

Nino Fasulo would earn the win going one and a third innings, only allowing a single walk. Ryan Van Spronsen started the game for Hamilton going seven and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on seven hits, walking one, hitting one and striking out two. Pace took the loss, in relief, for Mississauga going one and two-thirds innings, allowing one earned run on two hits, walking five Thunderbirds and striking out three.

The Hamilton Thunderbirds and their fans raised approximately $800 in support for the CIBC Run for the Cure and the Juravinski Cancer Centre’s Bright Run.

On Saturday, the Twins pounded out 27 hits and took an 18-0 lead after just three innings en route to the massive 30-0 win.

The Twins scored five runs in the first, six more in the second and another seven runs in the third to take the huge lead, then added seven more runs in the sixth for the overwhelming victory.

Six Twins had at least three hits in the game, making it an easy day for pitchers Luis Castillo and Adam Banski. Castillo went seven innings for the win, allowing four hits with eight strikeouts and no walks, while Banksi pitched two perfect innings of relief.

Shrive, Chad Marshall, Kyle Rosen and Branson Joseph all homered for the Twins (13-14). Marshall had five hits, scored five runs and drove in three more, while Shrive also had five hits, scored four runs and drove in three more.

Rosen had six RBI, scored four runs and had four hits, while Joseph had three hits, scored three runs and had five RBI. Derek Gordon chipped in with three hits, three RBI and four runs scored and Kyle Langille also had three hits and scored twice.

The Thunderbirds used five pitchers, including several position players. Jordell Farquharson lasted just one inning, allowing five runs – two earned – on five hits with one strikeout and two walks to take the loss.

Justin Volpato relieved him and was rocked for 13 runs on 13 hits in two innings, 10 of them earned. Cholewka had two of the T-Birds four hits.

Hamilton will now go on the road for the next five games.