T-Birds pummelled by Red Sox in playoff opener

The Hamilton Thunderbirds opened up their 2010 quarter final series with a 13-2 loss to the defending Intercounty Baseball League champions, the Brantford Red Sox.

Brantford unleashed an 18-hit attack on Sunday at Bernie Arbour Stadium in the best-of-seven playoff series. The series had been scheduled to start in Brantford on Friday but rain forced a cancellation. Game 2 is scheduled for Tuesday (July 27) in Brantford with an 8 p.m. start.

On Sunday, Brantford had built an 8-0 lead after three innings. The Red Sox got their first run in the top of the second inning as Lee Delfino and Joe Colameco each singled to open the inning. Delfino scored on Jason Gotwalt’s ground out.

The Red Sox scored seven times in the third. Josh McCurdy hit a one-out double and scored on Chris Emanuele’s single. Emanuele stole second base and scored on Delfino’s single. Colameco and Patzalek would follow up with singles with Delfino scoring on Tyler Patzalek’s. Chris Leenderste, the Thunderbirds’ third baseman, would prolong the inning, allowing Gotwalt to reach base on a throwing error.

Wayne Forman would then bring in Colameco and Patzalek on a two-RBI single. McCurdy would cap off the inning with a single, his second hit of the inning, to score the final two runs of the frame.

Brantford would add a single run in the sixth on Adrian Kerr’s RBI-single and two in the top of the seventh on Emanuele’s two-run homerun to left field. The Red Sox would get their final two runs in the eighth.

The Thunderbirds would break up the shutout bid in the bottom of the eighth as Graeme Carey and Jon Saporsantos opened the inning with back-to-back singles, followed by a walk to Chris Piano to load the bases. Carey and Saporsantos would score on Adam Cholewka’s fielder’s choice which saw Piano forced out at second base.

Carey went two-for-three at the plate for Hamilton while Saporsantos was one-for-two.

Marc-Andre Major got the win for Brantford going six innings, allowing no runs on three hits, walking three and striking out seven. Robert Ramsdale pitched the seventh inning allowing a single hit while Stefan Strecker pitched the eighth allowing two earned runs on three hits and walking one batter. Bryon Bell finished the game for the Red Sox, striking out two of the three batters he faced.

For Hamilton, Ryan Van Spronsen took the loss going three innings, allowing eight runs, four of which were earned, on nine hits and hitting one batter. Ryan Noack would go four innings in relief of Van Spronsen allowing three earned runs on six hits, walked two and struck out one. Justin Volpato closed the game for Hamilton allowing two unearned runs on three hits while striking out three.

Prior to the game the Hamilton Thunderbirds honoured the Ancaster Cardinals who defeated the High Park Braves 3-0 this past Thursday to capture the 2010 Little League Ontario District One championship. Ancaster has an automatic berth in the 2010 Canadian Little League Championships which they will be hosting Aug. 7-14.