Minken’s bat, O’Reilly’s arm lift bantam Cards to win

Ty Porter takes a lead off from first base (Photo: Yukio Yamada/Hamilton Cardinals)

In Game 1 of the Green and Gold Classic Baseball Tournament in Richmond Hill, Cardinal’s starting pitcher Justin O’Reilly was on fire for his Major Bantam teammates. He pitched six innings, allowing only one hit, no runs and struck out eight in the Cards 2-1 victory.

Markham used two pitchers and they produced a solid effort, striking out seven Cards and allowing five hits. One of those hits was a two-run RBI in the top of the third off the bat of Richard Minken to plate the margin of victory.

The Mariners got one RBI in the bottom of the seventh off Card closer Jeremy Holmes.

Cardinal’s pitching coach Dennis Reynolds observed, “It was pitching that won the game. Our pitchers dominated.”

Markham coach Dennis Dunn said, “It was an excellent game. There was good defence on both sides. Their starting pitcher, (O’Reilly) held our bats in check. We couldn’t get the hits.”