The first pitch of the season – two earlier contests were postponed – for the Hamilton Cardinals Major Bantams was smacked into the right field gap by pitcher Owen Angus-Yamada.
It was a promising start for the Cards 2011 InterCounty Baseball Association campaign but Angus-Yamada was left standing on third and the Hamilton batters could muster only two more hits up to the seventh inning. That’s when the Cards’ bats came to life, resulting in a 5-3 win over the host Cambridge Cubs.
After finding themselves behind 2-0 in the seventh, Braden Johnston and Christian Nunez each reached on solid hits. Both runners would steal home on wild pitches to tie the game.
The Card’s offence continued to roll in the top of the eighth when, with one away, Richard Minken reached with a solid hit. Johnston followed with a walk and Mikey White brought them home with a stand up double. White would then score on a Ty Porter single and a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the eighth.
The first Cub batter drew a walk and the next batter drove him home on a double but it wasn’t enough as the Cardinals’ defence would shut the door and take the win, 5-3.
Angus-Yamada allowed five walks, gave up four hits and two runs while striking out one. Jeremy Holmes walked two, allowed one hit, struck out three and gave up no runs. Justin O’Reilly-Patterson allowed two walks, three strikeouts, one hit, and one run.
“That was a complete team effort. We did not break. We battled back,” said Hamilton head coach Rich Minken.