T-Birds’ season on the line after ninth inning loss

Hamilton carried a 1-0 lead into the final inning on Friday (July 29), however, Barrie scored three times in the top of the ninth for a 3-1 senior Intercounty Baseball League playoff victory. The Thunderbirds now find themselves facing elimination in the opening round of post-season play after the Baycats took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium.

Hamilton grabbed its 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when James Anderson walked to open the frame. He advanced to third on Zack Ranta’s single and scored when Warren Bradley grounded out to second base.

Hamilton held the lead until the ninth inning when the Baycats’ Dave Latour walked to start the inning and scampered to third on Jeff Cowan’s single. Both runners crossed home plate on what turned out to be the game winning hit by Ryan Spataro.  Trevor Pippin’s added a double to plate Spataro and give Barrie a 3-1 lead.

The Thunderbirds looked to rally in the bottom half of the ninth as Bradley singled. However, the Baycats retired the next three batters for the win.

Ryan Van Spronsen started the game for the Thunderbirds going six and a third shutout innings allowing 10 hits and striking out four batters. Nino Fasulo took the loss in relief of Van Spronsen, allowing three runs on three hits, a walk and two strike outs.

Adam Reynolds started the game and earned the win for Barrie going eight innings allowing one run on four hits while walking two and striking out nine. Scott Kelly closed out the game for the Baycats allowing a single hit over one inning of work on the mound for the save.

Barrie finished regular season play in first place while Hamilton was last.