Cards fall to St. Mary’s in minor bantam twin-bill

Hamilton’s Minor Bantam Cardinals were swept in an Inter-County Baseball Association doubleheader, losing the first game 5-1 and the second game 15-6 on Sunday (June 26).

In the opener, St. Mary’s came out strong in the top of the first inning, scoring three runs, which was more than they would need.

The Cardinals fought back but left too many stranded runners on base throughout the game and were unable to string together hits with runners in scoring position. Jordan McNeil recorded the loss pitching into the sixth inning. He had one strike out, walked one and gave up six hits. Brendan Watson finished the game, retiring the two batters he faced with one strikeout.

The Cardinals scored their only run in the sixth. McNeil walked to get on, stole second base and raced home on a wild pitch. Other notable performances included Slater Frith’s 14-pitch at-bat. He fouled off a number of pitches and was finally retired on a strike out. Watson went two-for-three at the plate and Ken Coleman, Frith and McNeil all recorded single.

In Game 2, the Cardinals came out strong ending the inning, up 4-1 on three hits. Alas, St. Mary’s out-hit and out-scored the Cardinals in the remaining six innings. They out hit Hamilton 14-4 and outscored them 15-6. Frith hit a single in the first inning to score two RBIs. Joseph McLeod and Paul Wagner recorded one RBI each.

Wagner had the best hit of the game for the Cardinals with a solid double in the sixth inning. Frith, Coleman and Tiernan Caulfield all had singles in the loss. Caulfield also contributed defensively with two great plays from third base in the third inning to end the inning. Coleman pitched the first three innings. He gave up seven runs on five hits, three strikeouts, four errors and four walks.

Watson pitched the fourth and gave up three runs on three hits, two strikeouts, no errors and no walks. Caulfield finished the final three innings. He allowed five runs on six hits, one strike out, three walks and two errors.