The Hamilton Thunderbirds didn’t have a good season in the summer of 2011 but, despite the win-loss record for the team, the team showed a lot of heart and promise.
The team got off to a rocky start with the first win of the season eluding the team until May 28th, nearly a month into the young season. Hamilton opened the season with seven straight losses before picking up the team’s first win. Any year a team has a losing record is a tough year, just ask any fan of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats who endured a string of losing seasons in the past decade. This season the Thunderbirds finished with a record of 7 wins and 28 losses which put the team dead last in the IBL standings.
The Thunderbirds earned a team batting average of .245. Matt McGraw had the team high average with .385 in the eight games he played. Dan Jagdeo, who played in thirty games in the season, had the second highest average of .346.
The team hit 19 home runs, a stat which put the team sixth in homers. Dan Jagdeo, Chris Piano and Adam Durfee each hit four of the long balls for the T-birds. Dan Jagdeo also led the Hamilton Thunderbirds in RBIs on the season, bringing 24 of his teammates across the plate in 2011. Chris Piano came in a close second with 23 RBIs.
On the pitching front Matt Martinow had both the highest number of wins (2) and strikeouts (30) on the team. Mike Fortuna had the best ERA of the Thunderbirds with 3.44 ERA.
Hamilton scored a total of 153 runs this season while the opposing teams scored 287 runs.
So what does the team need to do different to win? In the games that I attended during the season a lot of the scoring chances that opposing teams had came on errors. Hamilton had 74 fielding errors during the 2011 regular season, second only to Kitchener who had 75. The difference maker for the Thunderbirds was that their errors seemed to come at bad times causing either a run to score or worsen a bad situation.
It’s possible to pick apart many statistics and look a them under a microscope, but they don’t make a difference in of themselves.
Looking past the unfortunate end to the season, I am looking forward to the summer of 2012. There is something to be said about relaxing on a warm summer afternoon watching a good baseball game. Getting to watch a group of guys playing their hearts out and representing your own hometown makes any troubles on the field secondary.
Go Thunderbirds go!