Hamilton Cardinals AAA Major Bantams fell 9-4 to the Waterloo Tigers in Inter-County Baseball Association action.
“It was one of those nights where a lot went wrong,” sighed Hamilton coach Rich Minken.
The game started well for the Cards as they scored three runs in the top of the first, only to relinquish the lead in the bottom half of the frame when Cardinals’ starting pitcher Justin O’Reilly, along with some poor defensive support behind him, allowed the Tigers to roar back with five.
The Cards got one back in the top of the third from a Ty Porter RBI when the bases were juiced. Two more Cards were stranded. The Tigers responded by scoring a couple more in the bottom of the third and held a 6-4 lead.
Hamilton was held scoreless from then on while the Tigers added a few insurance runs on their way to 9-4 victory.
O’Reilly gave up three walks, two hits, has five strikeouts and allowed seven runs.
“The defence was lacking on both sides,” said Tigers’ assistant coach Doug Stump. “This is early in the season. Come July you will see a different Tiger team,”
“Sports can be humbling,” added Minken.