T-Birds put thunder into their bats

The Intercounty Baseball League win at Bernie Arbour Stadium gives the T-Birds a 2-7 record. They’ll go for win No. 3 in the senior circuit on Thursday (June 2) with a re-match against the Baycats in Barrie at 7.30 p.m.

Thunderbirds Darnell Duckett slides into second base just ahead of throw. (Photo: Brandon Taylor)

The Thunderbirds opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with a pair of runs. Darnell Duckett and Dan Jagdeo (three-for-five) each had doubles with Jagdeo cashing in Duckett for the first run of the game. Adam Durfee stroked a single up the middle to plate Jagdeo.

Hamilton extended its lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring five times after sending 11 batters to the plate. During the at-bat, the Thunderbirds only had two hits – Zack Ranta’s RBI single and Chris Piano’s two-RBI single.

The teams traded runs in the seventh inning with Hamilton’s score coming by way of Jagdeo’s leadoff homerun to right centre field.

Barrie would score twice in the top of the eighth as Glenn Jackson walked and reached home on Frankie Hare’s two-run homerun to left field. Hamilton added one more run in the eighth to cement the victory.

Hamilton’s James Anderson outraces the throw to home plate. (Photo: Brandon Taylor)

Matt Martinow started for Hamilton going five innings allowing four hits and striking out two for the win. Jordell Farquharson relieved Martinow and went two innings allowing one unearned run, walking one batter and striking out one. Mike Gottschalk pitched the eighth inning giving up two earned runs on three hits while walking one batter. Nino Fasulo closed out the game for the Thunderbirds striking out one of three batters he faced.

For the Baycats, Nick Fogarty started the game going five and two-thirds innings allowing six runs, two of which were earned, on four hits, walking three and striking out three in the loss. Chris Romano relieved Fogarty allowing two runs, one was earned, on two hits, walking one and hitting two batters. Scott Price pitched the eighth inning for Barrie, allowing one earned run on three hits.

Hamilton batsmen collected a total of nine hits.

On Wednesday June 1 members of the Thunderbirds organization will be at the Heritage Greene Tim Horton’s to help with Tim Horton’s Camp Day.