OTTAWA – Despite out-hitting their opponents, the Hamilton Thunderbirds dropped their eighth straight game, losing 3-1 to the host Ottawa Fat Cats on Saturday (July 16).
Hamilton had an 8-6 edge on hits in the senior Intercounty Baseball League game but Rick Howroyd’s run-batted-in double in the bottom of the sixth inning scored the game winning run for Ottawa. The setback left Hamilton two and a half games back of Burlington for seventh place with five games remaining in the regular season. The Twins lost 7-4 to the Kitchener Panthers in Burlington on Saturday.
Hamilton jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning as Zack Ranta, who opened the inning with a single to centre field and would finish the night with a two-for-four plate effort, scored on Darnell Duckett’s two out double up the middle. Duckett and Graeme Carey each had a one-for-three showing at the plate.
Ottawa would come back in the bottom of the sixth when Mark Charrette singled to start the inning and scored on Kevin Dietrich’s double to tie the game. Howroyd would give the Fat Cats the lead on a double to centre field to cash in Dietrich. Matt McGovern would then double to bring in an insurance run and make it 3-1.
Matt Martinow threw a complete game for the Thunderbirds, going eight innings allowing three earned runs on six hits, a walk and striking out two in the loss.
For Ottawa, William Sebastian earned the win going seven innings allowing one run, which was an earned run, on eight hits while striking out one batter. Danny Desclouds pitched the final two innings for the Fat Cats striking out two of the six batters he faced.