The Hamilton Minor Bantam Cardinals had a taste of their own medicine when they welcomed the Guelph Royals to Mohawk Sports Park on Monday (July 11).
After scoring a mitt full of runs in their last outing in the first inning, the Cards found themselves trailing 5-0 after the opening inning against the Royals. That would be all the offence scored in the Inter-County Baseball Association game and Guelph would return home 5-0 victors.
A combination of Cardinals errors and some good Royals hitting put Hamilton into a hole they couldn’t get out from. Despite some good pitching performances from the Cardinals bullpen, Hamilton could not recover, and wasn’t able to put together hits to move their baserunners.
Alex Michalak had an outstanding game defensively and on the mound. He threw out a batter at first base from right field before going in to pitch in the second inning with one out and runners on base. He shut out the Royals pitching 3 2/3 innings. He faced 14 batters striking out six, walking two. He only allowed one hit and no runs. He also made two great defensive plays from the mound including a double play in his pitching debut this season. He returned to the lineup after breaking his leg in late spring.
Brendan Watson was the reliever – pitching the final two innings, facing eight batters. He allowed no runs and he struck out two, with no walks and two hits.
Watson, Paul Wagner and Noah Skirrow all had a single each.
Slater Frith and Tyler Hamilton shared catching duties. Frith threw out a player attempting to steal second base in the first inning on a perfect throw.