T-Birds clawed by the Baycats


Hamilton Thunderbirds bats stayed hot as they travelled to Barrie but were unable to score as the Baycats got an 11-2 victory.

The Thunderbirds opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. Darnell Duckett got on base with a two out single and was followed by Dan Jagdeo who also singled. Adam Durfee hit the third straight single of the inning to bring in Duckett to give Hamilton an early 1-0 lead.

In their half of the first, Barrie would get on the board as Ryan Spataro scored on Frankie Hare’s single after he had walked to open the inning and stole second base. Hare would come in to score on Dave Latour’s single to give the Baycats a 2-1 lead after one inning.

The Baycats would score two more runs in the second inning. Glenn Jackson got on with a single and stole second base. Jackson would then steal third and score on an errant throw from catcher Adam Durfee. Ryan Spataro then walked and scored two batters later as Matt Logan singled. Barrie would add another run in the third and three more in the fourth off of Jordan Lundberg’s three-run homerun to left field.

The Thunderbirds looked to cut into the Baycats lead in the sixth as James Anderson and Steven Todoschuk both drew one out walks with Graeme Carey following them with a single to load the bases. Unfortunately, Chris Piano lined out to short right field and Mike Gottschalk struck out to end the top half of the inning.

Hamilton would add one more run in the top of the seventh off of Jonathan Solazzo’s RBI double while Barrie added two more runs in the eighth.

Ryan Van Spronsen started for Hamilton going three and a third innings allowing eight runs, six of which were earned, on eight hits, walking two and striking out one in the loss. Matt Betts relieved Van Spronsen and went two and a third innings allowing one run on five hits while walking one batter. Justin Volpato finished the game for the Thunderbirds going two and a third innings giving up two unearned runs on two hits while walking one batter.

For the Baycats, Adam Hawes started the game but was pulled due to injury after going two-thirds of an inning, striking out one batter. Ryan Dillabough came in for Hawes and went four and a third innings allowing one earned run, on eight hits, walking one and striking out six. Jake Hines relieved Dillabough going one and two-thirds innings allowing one hit while walking two batters and striking out four others. Scott Price then came in going an inning and a third allowing one earned run on one hit. Chris Romano pitched the ninth inning getting all three batters he faced to ground out.

Hamilton sits in seventh place in the IBL with a 2-8 record, five and a half games out of first place, while the win moves Barrie half a game back of the first place London Majors.

The Thunderbirds will return to Bernie Arbour Stadium on Friday June 3rd when they host the Kitchener Panthers for their first meeting of the season starting at 7:30pm. Fans that cannot make it to the game can catch all the action on INDI 101 or online at indifm.ca.