Thunderbirds remain grounded as Red Sox triumph

Hamilton battled to the wire with Brantford but the Thunderbirds fell short in trying to get their first win of the season in the Intercounty Baseball League.

Brantford opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning enroute to the 4-2 win. Al Stephens hit a one out double and moved to third base on Wayne Forman’s single. Stephens would score on Tyler Burnell’s sacrifice fly to centre field. Forman scored on Josh McCurdy’s double to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.

Hamilton would tie the game in the top of the sixth inning. James Anderson led off the Thunderbirds half by getting on base and reaching second on Jason Gotwalt’s error. Anderson would get to third base on a ground out and scored on John Solazzo’s sacrifice fly to left field. Darnell Duckett would also score in the inning as he came in when Zack Ranta reached on the Red Sox’s second error of the inning.

Brantford regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth when Stephens scored from second base on Chris Piano’s error. McCurdy would score a few batters later on Hyung Cho’s single to give the Red Sox all the runs they would need to win the game.

Jordell Farquharson started for Hamilton going three innings, allowing a single, five walks and striking out two. Bill Langford relieved Farquharson to start the fourth inning and gave up two earned runs on three hits for the loss. Matt Betts would give up the other two runs, one of which was earned, on three hits, two walks and striking out one.

Mike Fortuna and Justin Volpato pitched the final two and a third innings, combining to strike out one batter and getting the other six batters they faced to fly or ground out.

For the Red Sox, Brad Hogeterp started the game, going two innings allowing three hits, one walk and striking out two. Adam Arnold relieved Hogeterp to pitch the third and fourth innings allowing two walks and striking out two. Hamilton’s only two runs, both unearned, came off of Graham Tebbet who walked one batter for the win. Brantford would use a total of seven pitchers in the game.

The Hamilton Thunderbirds next game is Sunday (May 22), when they will host the Burlington Twins at Bernie Arbour Stadium starting at 2 p.m. The game was originally scheduled to be televised by Cable 14 but due to unsafe conditions for crew the game will not be televised.