The Hamilton Cardinals AAA Minor Bantams had some timely hits, walks and defense to defeat Woodstock, 9-3 in their Intercounty Baseball League season opener on Tuesday. Braden Johnson scored the Card’s first run on Ty Porter’s run-batted-in hit in the first inning. Johnson would record an RBI in the second inning and Porter would notch his second ribby in the sixth.
The Cards’ offense sputtered at times but got run-scoring hits from Justin O’Reilly and Grant Preece. Woodstock would surrender 11 walks and several stolen bases to aid the Card’s score.
The Cards’ defense was error free. Third-base man Christian Nunez made a spectacular diving catch in the fifth to end the inning and strand a couple of Woodstock runners.
Woodstock batters would face three Cardinal lefty pitchers. Owen Angus-Yamada started the game, striking out the first Woodstock batter with three pitches. He finished the first two innings, striking out four with no walks and surrendering one run on two hits.
O’Reilly pitched the next three innings, allowing two runs on four hits while yielding two walks and recording four strikeouts. Marlon Krupa closed the final two innings, allowing no hits, three free passes, and posting three strikeouts.
“For the first 10 games, the team that has the fewest walks and errors generally wins the games,” said Cardinals’ head coach Eddie McConnell.