The defending Intercounty Baseball League champions, the Brantford Red Sox, came from behind to defeat the Hamilton Thunderbirds 6-4 on Saturday (May 7). The loss left the T-Birds with an 0-2 record.
They’ll go after their first win on Sunday (May 8) when they host the Barrie Baycats for their home opener at Bernie Arbour Stadium. Game time is 2 p.m., and every mother in attendance will be entered into a special Mother’s Day draw.
Hamilton got on the board first in the top of the second inning to take an early 2-0 lead. Chris Piano and Mike Gottschalk both scored on Dan Jagdeo’s bases load two-out single. But Brantford responded in the bottom half of the inning scoring two runs of their own off of a Jason Gotwalt, two-out double to tie the game.
The Red Sox would take the lead in the bottom half of the fourth, scoring three times. Former Thunderbird Geoff Allen scored the first run of the inning on Tyler Burnell’s sacrifice fly to right field. Lee Delfino hit a two-out, bases loaded single to plate Wayne Forman and Al Stephens.
In the top of the fifth, the Thunderbirds would get two runs back as the Red Sox third baseman Bryan Bell committed two errors which allowed Piano and Gottschalk to score.
Brantford added its final run in the seventh inning.
For the Thunderbirds, Piano was three-for-five at the plate.
Matt Martinow started the game for the Thunderbirds, allowing five earned runs on three hits, four walks and striking out three batters in three and a third innings of work for the loss. Justin Volpato would come in and relieve Martinow, going two and two-thirds innings, allowing two hits, two walks and striking out three. Nino Fasulo and Mike Fortuna would pitch the final two innings, allowing a combined one run on one hit and one walk.
For the Red Sox, starter Scott Robinson went five innings, allowing four runs (two earned), on six hits, walked two batters and struck out one for the win. Adam Arnold, Brad Hogeterp, Mark James and Stefan Strecker each pitched an inning of relief and combined to allow four hits and striking out seven. Strecker would collect the save for Brantford.