Fat Cats start fast and leave T-Birds behind

Eitan Maoz’s run-batted-in single in the top of the seventh, combined with Matt McGovern’s seven innings of shutout ball in which he only allowed two hits, helped to give the Ottawa Fat Cats a 9-6 victory over the Hamilton Thunderbirds on Friday (July 8). Hamilton’s record fell to 5-21, two games behind the Burlington Twins who sit in seventh place in the Intercounty Baseball League.

Ottawa’s Rick Howroyd singled to open the second inning and moved to second base on a balk by Thunderbirds starter Ryan Van Spronsen. Howroyd moved to third on a pass ball and scored on Maoz’s single. LaDale Hayes followed up by getting on base with a fielder’s choice. Maoz and Hayes scored on Joe Stone’s double to give the Fat Cats a 3-0 advantage.

In the fourth, the team from the nation’s capital, added to its lead as Maoz doubled to start the inning. Maoz stole third base and came in as the throw to third went into the field field. Ottawa added two more runs in the sixth as Kyle Barclay doubled in Hayes who doubled to start the inning. Barclay would come in on Chris Latimer’s one out RBI single.

The Fat Cats cemented their lead in the top of the seventh. Kyle Dietrich led off the inning with a double and was joined on base by Howroyd who walked. Maoz singled to bring in Mathieu Joly who entered the game as a pinch runner for Dietrich. Stone loaded the bases with a single and was followed by Barclay who also singled to bring in two runs.

Warren Bradley doubled to open the bottom of the eighth with his third hit of the game for and the third for the Thunderbirds. Steven Hubbs and Jon Saporsantos would each draw walks to load the bases. Mike Gottschalk came to the plate and was hit by a pitch to bring in the run that broke the shutout bid by Ottawa. Chris Piano followed up with a bases loaded single to bring in two more runs.

In the ninth, Gottschalk singled in a run and Piano tripled to cash in two more runs to make it 9-6 but that was as close as Hamilton would get.

Van Spronsen went six innings for the Thunderbirds, allowing nine runs, six of which were earned, on 11 hits while walking two and striking out two for the loss. Justin Volpato pitched the final three innings for Hamilton allowing two.

For Ottawa, McGovern started the game throwing seven shutout innings, allowing two hits, a walk and striking out five batters. Kyle Gamble would relieve McGovern going a third of an inning allowing three earned runs on two hits, walking three and striking out one. Tyler Durward completed the game for the Fat Cats going an inning and two