Angus-Yamada handcuffs Panthers

Cards’ Firstbaseman Mikey White keeps the runner close. (Photo: Hamilton Cardinals)

Braden Johnston’s run-batted-in hit in the top of the fifth inning gave the Hamilton Cardinals Major Bantams the opening game of their InterCounty Baseball Association playoff series.

Johnston’s run producing hit gave Hamilton a 1-0 victory in a pitcher’s duel with the Kitchener Panthers. The two teams combined for a total of nine hits.

Cardinals Owen Angus-Yamada pitched the complete game shutout, striking out seven, walking two and holding the Panthers to four hits.

Kitchener’s starting pitcher, Nick Norcoh, struck out three, allowed four walks, three hits and one run. Reliever Kevin Ellis, who came on in the fifth inning, struck out three, allowed no walks, and surrendered two hits.

Both teams were sharp defensively.

Kitchener coach Mike Pattenden said the game was well-played by two well-coached teams that featured great pitching on both sides.

Cardinal coach Rich Minken was not pleased with Hamilton’s offense. “We left some eight runners stranded,” he said.