Major outlast T-Birds in pitching duel

Hamilton’s and London’s pitchers put on a clinic as they combined to strike out 23 batters in senior Intercounty Baseball League play on Sunday (June 5). Unfortunately the visiting Hamilton Thunderbirds lost the game, 3-2, extending their losing streak to three games and dropping their record to 2-10.

The Majors opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning when Chris Chambers led off with a single and advanced to third base on Mac Harrison’s single. Allan Cattrysse followed Harrison with a sacrifice fly to plate Chambers, giving the Majors a 1-0 lead. Adwin Springer doubled London’s lead in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out solo homerun.

Hamilton broke the Major’s shutout in the sixth inning, Darnell Duckett started the inning with a single and scored when Jonathan Solazzo reached base on an error. Solazzo would score three batters later on Taylor Vanderlip’s single to tie the game 2-2.

London scored the winning run in the eighth as Springer reached base by way of an error and scored on Cattrysse’s two-out single.

Hamilton starter Jordell Farquharson went seven innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and striking out seven. Mike Fortuna was tagged with the loss pitching the eighth inning, allowing an unearned run on one hit and striking out two batters.

Jordi Amargos started for London, going seven innings, allowing two runs, one of which was earned, on three hits, walking five and striking out 10. Josh Palmer got the win in relief of Amargos, pitching two innings allowing a hit and striking out four Thunderbird batters.

Taylor Vanderlip had a three-for-four (all singles) effort at the plate for Hamilton.

The Thunderbirds visit Kitchener on Thursday, June 9 when they take on the Panthers, starting at 7:30 p.m.