T-Birds lose ‘suspended’ game

The Intercounty Baseball League has reversed an umpire’s decision to suspend the Hamilton Thunderbirds-Ottawa Fat Cats game on Friday (May 13). Instead the game will go into the books as a 3-2 Ottawa win.

The game was halted in the seventh inning with Ottawa leading 4-2 and the T-Birds about to take their bats when the rain started. The decision was made to suspend the game and complete it on May 27 when the two teams meet again at Bernie Arbour Stadium.

But the league has since ruled the game would revert to last completed inning, giving the Fat Cats the win.

Ottawa opened the scoring in the top of the first when Mark Charrette scored from third on Kevin Dietrich’s groundout. Hamilton answered back in the bottom half of the first as Chris Piano scored from second on Dan Jagdeo’s single.

The Fat Cats regained their one run lead in the fourth inning as Rick Howroyd and Joe Stone led off the inning with a single each. Howroyd scored two batters later on Matt McGovern’s RBI single. Howroyd would score again in the top of the sixth scoring on a passed ball.

The Thunderbirds cut into the Fat Cat lead in the bottom half of the sixth when Steve Martinow reached base with two outs on a throwing error by Charrette which brought in John Solazzo. During the seventh inning the skies opened up which lead the umpires to end the game after a short rain delay.

Matt Martinow started for Thunderbirds, allowing three runs on five hits, walking two batters and striking out seven in six innings of work taking the loss. For the Fat Cats, William Sebastian earned the win going five and two-third innings allowing two runs on five hits while walking four and striking out seven. Josh Soffer came in to relieve Sebastian to get Mike Gottschalk to fly out to end the sixth inning.

The Hamilton Thunderbirds next game is Friday (May 20), when they will travel to London to take on the Majors starting at 7:30 p.m.