IBL: Thunderbirds Let One Slip Away

HAMILTON – Hamilton Thunderbirds loss their second game in a row as the Kitchener Panthers scored a 7-6 come from behind victory.

The Panthers opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. Shaun Valeriote and Luke Baker started the game with a single each. Both would score on Jeremy Ware’s three run homerun over the left field fence. Hamilton would get one run back in the bottom half of the inning when Adam Durfee brought in Darnell Duckett with an RBI single.

Kitchener would get their three run lead back in the top of the third when Jeff Pietraszko scored on Mat Taube’s RBI single. However, Hamilton cut back into the lead in their half of the third. Duckett got on base with a two-out single and scored on Dan Jagdeo’s RBI double up the middle that then scored on Durfee’s single.


The Thunderbirds took a lead in the fifth inning as all nine batters got to the plate. Chris Piano led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on a throwing error by Panthers pitcher Mike McGillivray. Jagdeo then singled to bring in Piano. Duckett and Jagdeo would both score on bases loaded walked to Jonathan Solazzo and Mike Gottschalk.

Kitchener cut the Hamilton lead to one as Brian Burton scored on Ben Tinklin’s groundout. The Panthers would regain the lead for good in the seventh as Luke Baker walked to open the inning. Baker would eventually score on a Durfee throwing error as Baker stole third base to tie the game at six. Mat Taube would then hit a one out single to cash Ware for what turned out to be the winning run.

Matt Martinow started for Hamilton going four innings allowing four earned runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out three. Bill Langford relieved Martinow pitching two innings allowing one earned run on one hit and walking two. Colin Buckborough pitched the seventh inning giving up two runs, both earned, on two hits, walking two batters and striking out one for the loss. Mike Fortuna and Nino Fasulo would each pitch an inning with Fortuna giving up a hit, walking one and striking out one. Fasulo would strikeout one of four batters he faced in the ninth inning.

For Kitchener, Mike McGillivray started the game going four and a third innings allowing six runs, five of which are earned, on seven hits while walking two and striking out two. Phil Hinton relieved McGillivray walking all three batters he faced. Derek Sinko came in to relieve Hinton going two and two-thirds along a hit, one walk and striking out two for the win. Mike Vanderlaan pitched the eighth inning allowing two hits while Kevin Pigott got the save pitching the ninth allowing a walk and two strike outs.

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Kitchener
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The Thunderbirds will travel to London on Sunday June 5th when they take on the London Majors starting at 1:00pm.

Winning Pitcher: Derek Sinko (2-0)
Losing Pitcher: Colin Buckborough (0-1)
Save: Kevin Pigott (3)

Kitchener Hitters
Jeremy Ware – 2 for 4 (Single, 3-Run Homerun, BB, K, 3 RBIs, 2 Runs)
Shaun Valeriote – 2 for 4 (2 Singles, BB, Run)
Brian Burton – 2 for 4 (2 Singles, Hit by Pitch, K, Run)

Hamilton Hitters
Dan Jagdeo – 2 for 4 (Single, Double, BB, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs)
Chris Piano – 2 for 4 (2 Singles, BB, 2 Ks, Run)
Adam Durfee – 2 for 5 (2 Singles, 2 RBIs)

Tickets for all Hamilton Thunderbirds home games are available at the Bernie Arbour Stadium Box Office on game day. For more information on Thunderbirds season tickets visit www.hamiltonthunderbirds.org.

*courtesy Mike Marasco – Communications Coordinator of Hamilton Thunderbirds

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