Bantam Cardinals’ bats fall silent

A Waterloo Tiger baserunner beats tag from Grant Preece at second. Richard Minken backs up the throw. (Photo: Yukio Yamada/Hamilton Cardinals)

The Waterloo Tigers used a five-run fifth inning to springboard to a 7-1 InterCounty Baseball Association Major Bantam playoff win over the visiting Hamilton Cardinals on Sunday (August 21).

Things looked promising for Hamilton at the outset when the Cardinals scored at their first at-bat. Braden Johnston drove in the run. Alas, it would be the Cards only run of the game and the Tigers knotted the count in the second inning.

Hamilton starter Jeremy Holmes gave way to Owen Angus-Yamada with two away and one on board in the second. Angus-Yamada struck out the next batter to end the inning.

The Tigers scored the go-ahead run on a routine pop up that was lost in the sun in the bottom of the fourth.

Waterloo pulled away in the bottom of the fifth. Aided by some Cards defensive mistakes, the Tigers loaded the bases and with one away, Waterloo got a three-run double. With two away, the Tigers got another RBI. Angus-Yamada was pulled for Marlon Krupa who gave up another RBI and when the dust settled, the Tigers were up 7-1.

Both teams were held scoreless in the sixth and the Cards went out in order in the seventh and that was the ball game.

Cards’ coach Rich Minken zeroed in on the defeat. “They got a couple of big hits with the bases loaded and we were not hitting at all.”