Hamilton sent Justin O’Reilly to the mound, who took out the Kitchener Panthers in order for the bottom of the first, as the Major Bantam Cardinals went on to a 13-6 win on Monday (June 20).
Cardinal Michael Singh’s RBI in the top of the second drew first blood for Hamilton. And again, O’Reilly retired the Panthers in order in the bottom of the second. The Cards scored two in the top of the third with ribbys from Richard Minken and Marlon Krupa.
Ty Porter took over for O’Reilly in the bottom of the third, when the Panthers tied the score at three. This was a result of some good Partners hitting and a couple of Card infield errors. The Cards stranded three to escape the inning, and were held scoreless in the top of the fourth.
Owen Angus-Yamada relieved Porter on the mound in the bottom of the fourth. The Panthers scored an unearned run and took a four to three lead into the fifth. The Cards went out one, two, three in the top of the fifth; then trialed as the Panthers scored two more in the bottom of the inning.
A new Panther pitcher took to the mound to start the sixth and the Cards roughed him up by scoring two and loading the bases. The Panther pitcher was yanked and his replacement – with little defensive support – allowed the Cards to score four more runs. This pitcher was pulled when the bases were juiced and the third pitcher of the inning allowed a couple more runs. The Cards got nine runs in the sixth – four unearned and five runs with RBI’s from Grant Preece, Ty Porter and Richard Minken who had his second and third of the game.
Cards closer Marlon Krupa and the defense shut out the Panthers in the inning. Porter got his second RBI in the top of the seventh and Krupa struck out three in the Panther’s half of the inning and that was the ballgame.
In two innings of work, O’Reilly had no walks, no hits, no runs and four K’s. Porter gave up one walk, one strikeout, three hits, one earned and two unearned runs. Angus-Yamada gave up two walks, two strikeouts, one hit, one earned and two unearned runs. Krupa allowed one walk, three strikeouts, two hit batters, no hits and no runs.
Coach Jason of the Panthers said, “We did not come to play tonight. We gave them four runs early and but were able to get the lead. We gave the lead back to them with seven errors.”
Hamilton coach Rich Minken said, “We were aggressive running the bases but made some mental and physical errors – but not as many as before.”