Barrie Baycats played their first game of the Intercounty Baseball League season and handed the Thunderbirds an 11-3 loss.
The visiting Baycats opened the scoring in the top of the first inning, scoring twice at Bernie Arbour Stadium. Glenn Jackson, Frankie Hare and Matt Logan each had a single. Logan’s single brought in Jackson while Hare scored on a bases load sacrifice fly by Dave Latour.
The Baycats would add to their lead with a single run in each of the second and third innings. In the fourth inning Barrie added four more runs including an RBI single from Kevin Hinton which broke the all-time RBI record for the IBL with his 486th.
Barrie added three more runs in the top of the sixth to take an 11-0 lead.
Hamilton would break up the shutout in the eighth inning when Chris Piano scored on Dan Jagdeo’s bases loaded, RBI single. Hamilton would add two more runs, one on each of Jon Solazzo’s and Warren Bradley’s hits.
Jagdeo was two-for-three while Piano was two-for-five. Adam Durfee had a one-for-two plate showing,
Jordell Farquharson started the game for the Thunderbirds, allowing three runs on four hits, four walks and striking out two batters in two innings of work for the loss. Brett Van Pelt came in to relieve Farquharson, going one and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs on five hits, two walks and striking out one. Colin Buckborough came in to pitch for the Thunderbirds allowing three runs on four hits with three walks and one strikeout. Curt Saunders finished the game, allowing two hits over three innings.
For the Baycats, starter Chris Kemlo went five innings, striking out five and walking three batters. Kemlo would leave the game without allowing a hit. Adam Garner would then come in and give up two hits and strike out two batters. Garner then gave way to Adam Reynolds who allowed all three Hamilton runs in one inning of work on three hits and two walks. Chris England closed out the game allowing one hit and one walk
The Hamilton Thunderbirds, 0-3 on the season, next play on Friday May 13, when they will host the Ottawa Fat Cats, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for all Hamilton Thunderbirds home games are available at the Bernie Arbour Stadium Box Office on game day. For more information on Thunderbirds season tickets visit www.hamiltonthunderbirds.org. Fans can listen to every Hamilton Thunderbirds’ home game on Friday nights live on INDI 101 or online at www.indifm.ca.