BARRIE – Jordan Lundberg’s two-run homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning brought in the game winning run as the Barrie Baycats came from behind to defeat the Hamilton Thunderbirds to take a one to nothing lead in the best of seven first round match-up. Dan Jagdeo and Warren Bradley each had two-run homeruns for Hamilton.
Hamilton would get on the board in the top of the first. Zack Ranta got the first hit of the game with a hard hit deep to shortstop for a two out single. Ranta was followed by Jagdeo who homered to make it 2-0 after half an inning. Barrie would get one run back in the bottom half of the inning as Ryan Spataro reached base on an error. Spataro would then steal second and come around and score on an error charged to the Thunderbirds’ catcher James Anderson.
The Baycats took the lead in the second inning. Sean Mattson singled to open the inning on the first pitch he faced and advanced to second when Lundberg reached base on the Thunderbirds’ third error of the game. Mattson would then score on Spataro’s two out single and Lundberg would cross the plate on an error by Bradley.
Hamilton would regain the lead in the top of the fourth as Jagdeo doubled with a full count to open the inning and scored on Bradley’s two-run homerun. However, Barrie would regain the lead in the bottom when Dave Latour walked to start the inning and scored on Jordan Lundberg’s two-run homerun. The Baycats would add two more runs in the inning off of a sacrifice fly and a fielder’s choice as well as single runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
Jordell Farquharson started the game for the Thunderbirds going five and a third innings allowing seven runs, three of which were unearned, on five hits and six walks while striking out four Baycats taking the loss. Mike Gottschalk relieved Farquharson, going one inning allowing a run on one hit and two walks with a single strikeout. Mike Fortuna pitched the final inning and two-thirds for Hamilton allowing one run on a walk and striking out two batters.
Chris Kemlo started the game and earned the win for Barrie going six and two-thirds innings allowing four runs on seven hits and two walk while fanning five Thunderbird batters. Chris England pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief of Kemlo striking out two batters. Jamie Arneson and Scott Kelly combined to pitch the final inning and two-thirds striking out two batters.
Game two of the best of seven series between the Thunderbirds and Baycats will go on Thursday night starting at 7:30pm at the Barrie Metals Stadium.
Winning Pitcher: Chris Kemlo (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Jordell Farquharson (0-1)
Ryan Spataro – 2 for 3 (2 Singles, Reached Base on Error, BB, Intentional Walk, 3 Stolen Bases, 2 Runs, RBI)
Jordan Lundberg – 1 for 4 (2-Run Homerun, Reached Base on Error, BB, K, 2 Runs, 2 RBIs)
Jeff Cowan – 1 for 3 (Single, Sac Fly, Run)
Dan Jagdeo – 2 for 4 (Double, 2-Run Homerun, 2 Ks, 2 Runs, 2 RBIs)
Warren Bradley – 1 for 4 (2-Run Homerun, K, Run, 2 RBIs)
Graeme Carey – 1 for 3 (Single)
Tickets for all Hamilton Thunderbirds home games are available at the Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium Box Office on game day. Game three of the series between Barrie and Hamilton will be broadcast live on INDI 101FM and indifm.ca.
* Game stats
* courtesy Mike Marasco, Hamilton Thunderbirds