Last inning collapse sends Bantam Cards packing

Hamilton Cardinals Major Bantams advanced to the semi-finals of the Richmond Hill Green and Gold Tournament but lost to the East York Bull Dogs, 7-1.

The Cardinals made the semi-finals after wins over Markham, 2-1, the Brockville Bunnies, 12-5, and the Richmond Hill Phoenix, 7-0 in weekend play.

Against East York, the Cardinals sent pitching ace Justin O’Reilly to the mound. He was brilliant shutting down the high-powered Bull Dog offence for six innings allowing only three hits.

The Cards managed to draw first blood in the bottom of the fifth scoring a run from Richard Minken’s run-batted-in single. The Cards took the 1-0 lead into the seventh inning when defensive errors allowed the Bull Dogs to load the bases with Card reliever Jeremy Holmes on the mound.

The Bull Dogs tied the game with an unearned run and hit for three more. Holmes gave way to Christian Nunez who was rocked for three runs. The Cards went out in order in the bottom half of the inning and were eliminated from the tournament.

Cardinals’ bench coach Osmar Nunez said, “That was one heck of a game. We played great until the last inning.”

“That pitcher (O’Reilly) was great. We were very fortunate that he reached his limit of pitches. We couldn’t hit off him,” said coach Andrew Green of the Bull Dogs. “We could not hit off lefty pitchers all year,” he added.