Brantford’s bats were too much for Hamilton as the Red Sox swept the senior Intercounty Baseball League double header at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium in Hamilton on Sunday (June 26).
The Red Sox took the first game, 5-1, and completed the sweep with a 14-9 decision in the second affair.
In the opener, Brantford opened the scoring in the top of the second when Wayne Forman hit a one-out double to bring in Tyler Patzalek and Geoff Allen. The Red Sox would add another in the third. Terrell Alliman led off a walk and scored on Lee Delfino’s double to give the Brantford a 3-0 lead.
Hamilton would get on the board in the fourth to break up the shutout. Jonathan Solazzo singled and stole second base to open the inning. He reached home on Zak Ranta’s two-out single. The Red Sox would add two more runs in the top of the seventh to complete the scoring.
For the Thunderbirds, Jordell Farquharson took the loss going six innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits, walking three batters and striking out five. Mike Fortuna would come in to pitch in the seventh and allowed two unearned runs on two hits and walking one. Nino Fasulo faced two batters to close out the game getting a double play and a fly out.
For Brantford, starter Chris Chavez went five innings, allowing one earned run, on two hits, walking two and striking out five batters for his first victory of the season. Brian Speck relieved Chavez to start the sixth inning going two and a third innings allowing a hit, walking two and striking out one. Stefan Strecker pitched the last inning and a third to earn the save.
In the second game, Brantford opened the scoring in the top of the first. Tyler Burnell led off with a double and was followed by Alliman who walked. Delfino’s single plated Burnell while Alliman scored a few batters later on Bryon Bell’s bases-load out.
Hamilton got back into the game in their half of the first as Darnell Duckett started the inning with a single that was followed by a Solazzo walk and Chris Piano who was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Dan Jagdeo singled to bring in Duckett and Solazzo. Piano would then score when Adam Durfee reached base on a throwing error by the third baseman.
However, the 4-2 lead was short lived as the Red Sox exploded for seven runs in the second as they sent 11 batters to the plate. Stephens started the inning with a double and Alliman doubled to bring in Stephens. Jason Gotwalt would add to the lead with a two out, two-run homerun. Patzalek then doubled followed by Bell who walked. Both would score on Geoff Allen’s two-RBI double. Allen was followed by Forman who doubled and Stephens who got a second double in the inning. This gave Brantford a 9-4 lead after an inning and a half.
The Thunderbirds got three runs back in the bottom of the second as Taylor Vanderlip doubled to open the inning and scored three batters later on Piano’s fielder’s choice who then scored two pitches later on Jagdeo’s two out, two-run home run. However, the Red Sox bounced back in the third with three runs with the game winning run coming on Delfino’s two-run homerun.
Hamilton would add two runs in the fourth while Brantford added two runs in the sixth to make the final 14-9.
On the mound for Hamilton, Mike Gottschalk started the game and took the loos going one and two-thirds innings allowing nine earned runs on eight hits, walking four batters and striking out one. Matt Betts came in to relieve Gottschalk going four and a third innings allowing five runs, three of which were earned, on eight hits and hitting two batters. Bill Langford finished the game for the Thunderbirds along one walk and striking out one batter.
Mark James picked up the win for Brantford, pitching four innings, allowing nine runs, seven of them were earned, on six hits, walking two batters, hitting three others and striking out four. John Ogiltree got the save going three innings allowing a walk, hitting one batter and striking out three.
The Thunderbirds next game is Thursday (June 30) when they travel to Burlington to take on the Twins at 7:30 p.m. The game is scheduled to be televised on Cable 14.