Thunderbirds take a Major Intercounty beating


Hamilton looked to bounce back after its loss on Wednesday but took a second straight loss as the London Majors defeated the Hamilton Thunderbirds 12-1 in Intercounty Baseball League play on Friday (June 17).

London got on the board early and often, scoring 10 times over the first three innings. They would finish the night with 22 hits compared to Hamilton’s five.

Allan Cattrysse and Paul LaMantia opened the game with back-to-back singles. Cattrysse scored on Kevin Mailloux’s groundout to shortstop. Cleveland Brownlee followed with a two-out single to bring in LaMantia who was the eventual game winning run.

Adwin Springer capped off the top of the first with a two-run homerun to give the Majors a 4-0 head start. Cattrysse added a two-run homerun in the second inning and plated two more runs in the third on a single to bring in Steve Froese and Springer.

Tyler Graham came up a couple batters later and singled to cash in Cattrysse. Mailloux singled to score LaMantia and the Majors would add a run in each of the fifth and sixth innings to take a 12-0 lead. In the bottom of the eighth Mike Gottschalk led off the inning for the Thunderbirds with a single and advanced to second when Steve Martinow reached base on error. Matt McGraw, playing his first game of the season with the Thunderbirds, loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch.

With two outs, Steven Hubbs drew a walk to bring in a run and break up the shutout.

Ryan Van Spronsen started for Hamilton going two and a third innings allowing eight earned runs on 10 hits for the loss. Jordell Farquharson relieved Van Spronsen and went two and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on eight hits and striking out three. Matt Betts pitched three innings allowing one earned run on four hits and striking out one. Bill Langford pitched the ninth inning, striking out one of four batters he faced.

For the Majors, Jordi Amargos started the game going five innings, allowing two hits and striking out four. Mike Mitro pitched the sixth and seventh innings also allowing four hits and striking out four. Mike Arsenault would give up the only Thunderbirds run, unearned, in one inning of work on a hit and a walk.

Mike DeLong closed the game for London striking out two batters in the ninth inning.

The Thunderbirds will look to end their two-game losing streak on Sunday (June 19) when they host the Kitchener Panthers. Game time is 2 p.m at Bernie Arbour Stadium.