Royal effort too much for Hamilton bantams

Hamilton Cardinal Richard Minken steals second. (Photo: Yukio Yamada)

The Cardinal’s offense was grounded by the Royals’ starting pitcher, Nick Interisano, and the result was an 8-3 Inter-County Baseball Association win for Guelph. The Cards could muster only one hit off him in the fifth inning as Interisano struck out 10 Cards in his five innings of work in the Major Bantam game.

In contrast, Hamilton’s starting pitcher, Owen Angus-Yamada, struggled for the first two innings. He walked five, allowed two hits, and gave up four earned and one unearned run. He was pulled in the top of the second with two outs and the bases loaded. Jeremy Holmes came in and got the Royal batter to flyout.

After allowing an unearned run in the top of the third, Holmes was pulled with two away and the bases loaded. Christian Nunez came in and allowed an unearned run before getting the last strikeout to end the inning with the Royals holding a 7-0 lead.

Marlon Krupa took to the mound in the top of the sixth with the Cards trailing 8-0 and retired the Royals in order.

The Cards managed to score three in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run hit from Krupa and a single RBI from Richard Minken. But it was too little too late.

“We came out flat. It was a poor effort mentally and physically,” said Rich Minken, head coach of the Cardinals. “It was a sub-standard effort. We struck out 14 times.”

Coach Mike Raco of the Royals said, “Our pitching did the job tonight. We had some good hits and our starter had a no-hitter for five innings.”