The Indians proved to be gracious Inter-County Baseball Association hosts, letting Hamilton’s Cardinals leave Stratford with a double-header sweep in Major Pee-Wee play.
Hamilton took the first game, 18-6, and was equally hungry in the second tilt, handing Stratford a 12-2 loss.
In the opener, Brendan Kelly-Ruetz wasted little time in setting the tone, blasting the first pitch he saw for a solo home run to open the flood gates.
Elliot Graham started on the hill for the Cards and was locked in a tight 2-1 pitching duel until the Cards’ bats came to life for five runs in the fifth inning, seven more in the sixth, and four more in the seventh.
Graham pitched four effective innings, allowing one run. He was relieved by Anthony Marzanek and Justin Snow. Offensively, the Cardinals were led by Caleb Radley’s four hits and three run’s scored.
Brendon D’Agostino chipped in with three hits. The team was very aggressive on the base paths, stealing 14 bases, with Brandon Chong swiping six.
The second game of the twinbill saw the Indians jump out to a quick 2-0 lead.
Ethan Hammond-Srsan picked up starter Matty Holman and threw two shutout innings before Mitchell Rossit and Chong silenced the Indians bats the rest of the way, allowing the Cardinals’ offense to pound away for a 12-2 final.
The big blow came off the bat of Grant Amorim with a deep grand slam, giving him three hits in the game. D’Agostino, Radley and Chong each contributed three.
The defense played a very sound game, highlighted by numerous catches by Amorim in centerfield.
The Cardinals sit atop the Inter-County standings with a 5-0 record.