Missed chances costly for Bantam Cards

The Hamilton Cardinals Major Bantams gave up a pair of early runs and couldn’t recover, falling 6-4 to the Waterloo Tigers in Inter-County Baseball Association play on Tuesday (June 28).

With Ty Porter getting the start for the host Cards, the Hamilton defence allowed the Tigers to score two unearned runs in the opening frame. The Card’s Marlon Krupa got one back with a run-batted-in in the bottom of the inning.

The Tiger offence exploded for three runs in the top of the second to take a 5-1 lead.

With no outs and a couple of Tigers on base, Owen Angus-Yamada replaced Porter on the mound and the Tigers failed to score in the top of the third. The Cardinals put themselves back in the game with a pair of runs in their half of the third inning with RBI hits by Richard Minken and Krupa’s second of the night.

Hamilton was in a position to score again but the Tigers kept two Cards on the base paths and took a 5-3 lead into the fourth.

In the fourth, the Cards again left two runners on the bases which proved costly when the Tigers scored an unearned run in the top of the fifth from a Card defensive breakdown.

Again, the Card bats were silenced in the bottom of the fifth. Krupa came in to relieve in the top of the sixth with two out and the bases loaded. He got the ground out to end the inning and in the bottom of the final and seventh inning Krupa got his third RBI to end the scoring.

“Our players did not come hungry,” said Cardinals’ bench coach Osmar Nunez. “We had plenty of opportunities but no clutch hitting. There is much room for improvement on defence. It was a messy game.”

Observed coach Dave Jantzi of the Tigers: “It was a good game against good competition. They (Cards) were hitting well and our pitching and defence had to play well to stop them.”

The loss left Hamilton with a 5-7 record for sixth place in the nine-team loop. The Tigers are in third place with a 9-4 record.