The Hamilton Cardinals Major Bantams took a perfect 3-0 record into the semi-finals of a Mississauga Tournament. And that’s when the wheels fell off the wagon.
The Cards were eliminated when Brampton shutout the Hamilton team, 10-0, and sent them packing.
Hamilton opened round-robin play with Jordan McNeil leading the team to the best come back game of the year for the Cardinals with a 6-5 victory over Mississauga Southwest T2. McNeil came in as the closer, finishing the final 2 2/3 innings on the mound allowing no runs on two strike outs and one hit. He also led the team at the plate going 2 for 3 including a double and an RBI.
Ken Coleman pitched the first 4 1/3 innings – posting an impressive six strikeouts.
The Cardinals dug deep in the bottom of the fifth inning, trailing 5-0. They scored six runs to take the lead and held on for the win.
Other RBIs came from great hits by Joseph McLeod, Tiernan Caulfield (2/3), Noah Skirrow (a double) and Coleman. Tyler Hamilton also added a double.
In their second game, five first-inning runs helped the Cardinals to a 10-7 win over North London.
Ken Coleman racked up four RBIs on two hits for the Cardinals. He doubled in the first inning and homered in the fifth.
Caulfield and Brendan Watson each had an RBI as well. Skirrow added a double and McLeod, McNeil and Tiernan each had a stolen base.
Skirrow and Colin Harold shared pitching duties. Skirrow pitched 2 1/3 innings allowing only one run on three hits. Harold went 2 2/3 innings allowing six of London’s runs on three hits and three walks.
Hamilton picked up its third straight win when the Cardinals offense was too much for North Toronto in a 13-3 rout.
The game was decided quickly as the Cardinals exerted their will early with eight runs in the first three innings.
An RBI double by Coleman, and RBI doubles by Skirrow, and Hamilton in the first inning along with RBI singles by McLeod and Caulfield in the second inning supplied the early offense for the Cardinals.
Coleman racked up three RBIs on two hits for the Cardinals.
North Toronto couldn’t get anything going as Watson toed the rubber. Watson held North Toronto hitless over 2 1/3 innings, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out three.
The Cardinals piled up the steals, swiping eight bags in all. Skirrow, Slater Frith, Jordon McNeil, and Alex Michalak each had one stolen base and Hamilton and McLeod each had two stolen bases.
In their final outing, the Cardinals wound up on the wrong side of a 10-0 score tasting defeat at the hands of Brampton.
McNeil had a sound game at the plate for the Cardinals, going 1 for 2. McNeil tripled in the fourth inning.
McNeil showed great command of his pitches, allowing no walks. The Cardinals pitcher worked 3 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run and six hits while striking out two.
Brampton came out swinging, scoring five runs in the first inning to jump ahead and never looked back.