T-Birds rally but can’t hold lead

Kitchener Panthers pounded out 11 hits to take a 7-6 senior Intercounty Baseball League victory home with them after visiting the Hamilton Thunderbirds Friday (June 3) at Bernie Arbour Stadium.

The Panthers had a 4-3 lead going into the fifth inning when the T-Birds scored three runs to take a 6-4 margin. But the Panthers added a single score in the sixth and plated a deuce in the seventh to grab the victory.

The visitors started the game by scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Mat Taube singled in Jeremy Ware for what proved to be the winning run.

Taube also registered a single in the third inning, while Ware had an active night at the plate, hitting a single and a home run while scoring twice and driving in three runs in the win. Shaun Valeriote and Brian Burton each notched two singles for the Panthers.

Derek Sinko earned the win giving up just one hit with one walk and two strikeouts over 2 2/3 innings of work. Kevin Pigott was the fifth Panthers pitcher on the night and picked up the save, dishing one walk and two strikeouts in a closing effort over one inning.

Dan Jagdeo singled and doubled in the loss, while adding two RBI and two runs scored, and Adam Durfee had two singles and two RBI. Chris Piano singled twice and scored a run in the T-Birds loss. Colin Buckborough was the third of four Hamilton pitchers to take the mound but was saddled with the loss, giving up three hits and two runs – one earned – with three walks and two strikeouts over two innings.

Hamilton managed 10 hits and each team committed a pair of errors.

The win lifted Kitchener into second place with a 5-1 record while Hamilton fell to 2-9.

The T-birds are back in action Sunday (June 4) when they visit the London Majors for a 1p.m. tilt.