It was time to bring out the broom and the Hamilton Cardinals AAA Major Bantams put it to good use on Tuesday (July 12). The Cardinals swept the visiting Woodstock Wranglers, 5-4 and 3-1, in Inter-County Baseball Association play. The fifth place Cards evened their record to 7-7 while the ninth and last place Wranglers fell to 3-14.
The opening game started well for the Cards. Pitcher Jeremy Holmes retired the Wranglers with just three pitches and the Cards got two runs in the bottom of the first with RBIs from Christian Nunez and Ty Porter.
Woodstock got one back in the top of the second but Holmes struck out the next three Wranglers. The Cards left a couple of runners stranded and failed to score in the bottom of the second.
Woodstock tied the score at two in the top of the third but the Cards regained the lead in the bottom of the third from Porter’s second RBI.
Owen Angus-Yamada relieved Holmes in the top of the fourth and the Wranglers went out in order. The Cards went up 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth from a Spencer Edwards RBI.
The Wranglers tied the score in the top of the sixth aided by a Card defensive breakdown. The Cards left two stranded and failed to score in the bottom of the sixth.
The Wranglers went out one, two, three in the top of the seventh. The Cards won the game in the bottom of the seventh with a RBI from Marlon Krupa.
In the second game, Card pitcher Justin O’Reilly was in a zone. After giving up a run in the top of the first, O’Reilly shut down the Wranglers. He struck out a record 12 Wranglers in five innings. The Card bats were silent but managed to score three. The RBIs were from Mikey White, Marlon Krupa and Christian Nunez.
Coach Danielle Hartig of Woodstock said, “We were a little flat tonight. We just came off a tough weekend tournament in Kincardine where we lost in the semi finals.” “Our pitching was fine and we were batting better tonight,” she added.
“We are not hitting as well as we should,” sighed Card coach Rich Minken. “We are striking out too much,” he said.