.500 record not enough to save Minor Bantam Cardinals

The Hamilton Cardinals Minor Bantams have hung up the cleats for another season. A 2-2 record in the InterCounty Baseball Associations double knockout tournament brought a close to the Cards 2011 season.

Hamilton registered wins over Guelph, 12-3, and Waterloo, 4-2, two teams which finished ahead of Hamilton in regular season play. But losses to St. Mary’s , 10-0, and Kitchener, 9-0, ended the Cards campaign.

Here is a recap of last weekend’s tourney.

Game 1

The Cardinals pounded Guelph on Friday, 12-3, in seven innings. Hamilton scored six runs in the fourth inning on a two-run double by Paul Wagner, an RBI single by Joseph McLeod, a walk by Noah Skirrow, and a fielder’s choice. McLeod racked up two RBI on two hits for the Cardinals with a walk in three at bats. Wagner finished with two doubles and three RBI.

Ken Coleman recorded the win. He allowed three runs over four innings, struck out two, walked two and surrendered four hits. Colin Harold was superb in relief, pitching three scoreless innings while collecting one strikeout and allowing two walks and two hits.

Game 2

Despite Brendon Watson’s 2-for-2 performance at the plate on Saturday, the Cardinals took a 10-0 loss at the hands of St. Mary’s. Hamilton was held to four innings of shutout ball and had only four hits. St. Mary’s went up for good in the second, scoring three runs on a two-run double. St. Mary’s tacked on another five runs in the fifth. St. Mary’s out hit the Cardinals 10-4, with walks and errors hurting Hamilton in the long run.

Game 3

Tyler Hamilton brought home the go-ahead run to give the Cardinals the lead in the sixth inning, as the Cardinals hung on to beat Waterloo 4-2 on Saturday. Ken Coleman singled to start the sixth. He then went from first to third on a double by Skirrow. Finally, Hamilton came to the plate with the score tied at one, and, plating Coleman. The Cardinals would not relinquish the lead as Waterloo was unable to weather a three-run sixth inning deficit. Coleman got on base twice in the game for the Cardinals.

Watson got it done on the mound on the way to a win. He pitched four shutout innings. McLeod came in the close the game with one strikeout and no hits. Slater Frith, Wagner, Coleman, Jordon McNeil, and Alex Michalak each got hits for the Cardinals. Michalak and Skirrow led the team with two hits each. After a scoreless stalemate, the Cardinals finally got on the board with one run in the fourth.

Game 4

McLeod went 2-for-2 at the plate, but the Cardinals fell 9-0 to Kitchener. Tiernan Caulfield took the loss. Caulfield pitched six innings and allowed eight earned runs, nine hits and four walks while striking out one. He pitched a complete game with 86 pitches. The defense behind Caulfield hurt him. The Cardinals couldn’t get anything going offensively and managed just two hits.
The game was never in doubt after the first, as Kitchener scored four runs.

Kitchener tacked on another four runs in the fifth.