After six Intercounty Baseball League games, Hamilton’s bats came alive on Sunday (May 22). Unfortunately, Burlington’s bats were even livelier as they won their first game of the season, 12-7, at the expense of the Thunderbirds.
The Twins exploded for nine runs in the eighth inning to wipe out a 5-2 Hamilton lead for their first win three starts. Hamilton fell to 0-7 on the season. The Twins outhit their hosts at Bernie Arbour Stadium, 12-10.
Burlington got on the board first in the top of the fifth. James Toman led off the inning with a double and was moved over to second by Steve Coates’ sacrifice bunt. Toman then scored on Adam Cholewka’s RBI double. The Twins extended their lead in the sixth as Brian Sewell scored on Jeff Kosta’s groundout.
Hamilton erupted for five runs in the bottom of the seventh as they sent nine batters to the plate. Adam Durfee came to the plate with the bases loaded and flew out to centre field to bring in the first run of the game for the Thunderbirds. Two batters later, Graeme Carey singled in two more runs. The inning was capped off by Chris Piano’s single that brought in two runs to give the Thunderbirds a 5-2 lead.
The Twins regained the lead in the eighth inning, crossing home plate nine times on three hits, two of which were by pinch hitter Kyle Gappa. Three of the nine runs came from hits batters while the bases were loaded.
The Thunderbirds looked to get back into the game as Durfee, who was two-for-three on the day with three RBI, stroked a two-out, two-run homerun to left field but that was as close as they could get to the Twins who added one more run in the ninth.
Ryan van Spronsen started for the Thunderbirds going five innings, allowing one run on six hits, walking one and striking out two. Colin Buckborough relieved van Spronsen and went an inning and a third allowing a run while walking four batters and hitting one other. Nino Fasulo would then take the mound allowing seven runs, three of which were earned, on two hits. Tim Black would get the loss allowing two runs on one hit, one walk and striking out one. David Hucsko finished the game for Hamilton allowing a run on three hits striking out one batter.
For the Twins, starter Jeff Davis went five innings, allowing two hits and striking out four. Benson Merritt would come in to pitch in the seventh inning going a third of an inning, yielding three runs on one hit and walking two batters. Tyler Harrison relieved Merritt for the remainder of the inning allowing a run on two hits. Kyle Willard earned the win for Burlington finishing the last two innings allowing two runs on four hits and striking out two.
At the plate for the Thunderbirds, Darnell Duckett and Carey was two-for-four.
The Hamilton Thunderbirds next game is Thursday, May 26th when they will travel to Burlington to face the Twins starting at 7:30 p.m. The game is scheduled to be televised on Cable 14. Thunderbird season ticket holders should note that their season tickets are valid at all IBL parks excluding Burlington.
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.