Bantam Cards rebound after shaky start

The Hamilton Cardinals fell behind early but re-grouped and went on to defeat the Woodstock Wranglers, 13-10, in Inter-County Baseball Association Major Bantam play on Monday (May 30).

The win improved Hamilton’s record to 3-4 and left them in sixth place in the nine-team league.

Cardinal catcher Grant Preece attempts to tag runner stealing home. (Photo: Yukio Yamada)

Cards’ starting pitcher Ty Porter was roughed up allowing three earned and two unearned runs in the bottom of the first. Justin O’Reilly got one run back for Hamilton in the top of the second.

Grant Preece scored on a wild pitch in the third to put the Cardinals in flight. Porter, Jeremy Holmes and O’Reilly added RBIs to tie the game at five, while Owen Angus-Yamada followed with an RBI double and the Cards took the lead.

Hamilton added two unearned runs and led 8-5 going into the bottom of the third.

Coach Rich tries to settle his defence in the bottom of the first. (Photo: Yukio Yamada)

Porter walked seven, struck out two, and surrendered four hits while giving up 4 earned runs and two unearned runs. Edwards struck out four, walked three and allowed two hits and one run. Richard Minken walked two, struck out two, allowed three hits with two earned and one unearned runs.

Cardinals head coach Rich Minken said, “We didn’t panic early in the game. We battled back. We were able to keep our pitching rotation intact.”