T-Birds start fast but can’t hold back Red Sox

Lee Delfino’s fourth inning grand slam propelled the first place Brantford Red Sox over the Hamilton Thunderbirds, 15-7, at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium today. The loss now gives Hamilton a 5-18 record on the season, a game behind the seventh place Burlington Twins in the Intercounty Baseball League.

Hamilton grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Mike Gottschalk hit a one out solo homerun to right field. Two batters later Dan Jagdeo would add to the lead with his solo homerun to right center.

But the T-Birds celebration was short lived. Brantford responded in the second as Bryon Bell walked to open the inning and then moved to third base on Geoff Allen’s double. Both runners scored on Wayne Forman’s single. Terrell Alliman would give the Red Sox a 4-2 lead on a two-out, two-run homer before the end of Brantford’s half of the inning.

The Thunderbirds would get one run back in the bottom of the third when Gottschalk reached base on a fielder’s choice and scored on Zack Ranta’s double. However, the Red Sox extended their lead on Delfino’s grand slam.

In the sixth Gottschalk, Ranta and Jagdeo hit consecutive singles to load the bases for Hamilton. Johnathan Solazzo’s grounded out plated a run and Adam Durfee singled to bring in two more runs to make it 8-6.

Brantford added five more runs in the seventh and two in the ninth while Hamilton scored once in the ninth to close out the game.

Brantford out-hit their hosts 18-9.

For the Thunderbirds, Matt Betts started the game and took the loss going four innings, allowing eight runs, six of them earned, on nine hits, walking one batter, hitting another and striking out two. Justin Volpato relieved Betts going an inning and a third allowing four hits and walking one. Bill Langford came on to pitch an inning of work, allowing one earned run on a walk while striking out one.

Nino Fasulo then entered the game going a third of an inning allowing four runs on four hits and walking one batter. Brett van Pelt would allow one run on two walks and a strike out in one and a third innings while Mike Fortuna closed out the game allowing a run on one hit and striking out one.

For Brantford, Andy St. Gelais started the game going five and a third innings, allowing six runs, five were earned run, on seven hits, walking one and striking out three batters for the win. John Ogiltree relieved St. Gelais and went two and two-thirds innings allowing a walk and striking out two batters without giving up a run. Robert Ramsdale pitched the ninth for the Red Sox giving up an earned run on two hits.

Gottschalk and Ranta had two-for-four nights at the plate for Hamilton, while Jagdeo was two-for-three

The Thunderbirds next game is Thursday (July 7) when they travel to Barrie to take on the Baycats with a 7:30 p.m. start.

On Friday, the T-Birds will host the Kitchener Panthers on USW Local 1005 Night. Game time on Friday is 7:30 p.m. The game is scheduled to be heard on www.indifm.ca.