Bantam Cards show improvement despite loss

The second meeting between Hamilton and Guelph Royals resulted in another setback for the Cardinals but the team showed significant improvements in this one. The first game in May was a 12- 1 loss. This time the Cards came up short, 5-0 in the Inter-County Baseball Association Minor Bantam contest.

In the first inning, Guelph hit a couple of shallow outfield singles and the Cardinals made a defensive error which resulted in three early runs for Guelph.

The Cardinals started to rally in the second inning with Paul Wagner reaching base via an error and Brendan Watson hitting a solid line drive to centre field. But the Cardinals could not capitalize and left both base runners stranded.

Defensively, the Cards played a strong game. Colin Harold had a solid game at second base retiring all three batters with great defensive plays in the 6th inning.

The Royals added single runs in the third and fifth innings for the win.

Watson pitched the first four innings giving up three runs on three hits and two unearned runs. Noah Skirrow went in as the relief pitcher for the last three innings, allowing no runs and striking out one batter. He three only 23 pitches.

Solid defence in the field and great pitching by Skirrow resulted in 3-up-3 down innings in the fifth and seventh innings.

The Cardinals record stands at 2 and 7 so far in Inter-County play.