Minor midget Cards perfect in taking U.S. tourney crown


cardinalsThe Hamilton Cardinals Minor Midget team won the Lewiston, N.Y., Lancers tournament, going undefeated in five games including an 11-4 win over the Northern Ohio Hurricanes in the championship baseball game (July 25).

David Ertl got his second win of the weekend pitching in the final, allowing one earned run on six hits and no walks.

In the semi-final, Alex Szitas had a clutch two-out-three-runs-batted-in-bases-loaded double to help beat the Lewiston Knights, 4-3, and advance Hamilton to the championship.

During round robin play, Ertl got his first win as he went the distance to beat the Buffalo Clovers, 5-1.

Ben Csiernik picked up two wins and one save during the weekend, all in relief. Csiernik also went 9-for-17 on the weekend. Connor Bowie and Nick Ranta hit mammoth home runs in the championship, while Luke Barrowclough homered during round robin play.