Cardinals lose stream against Red Sox in Waterdown

The Hamilton Cardinals Minor Bantam team participated in the Waterdown Tournament, August 26th – 28th. They made it to the semi-finals before being eliminated by the Brantford Red Sox.

Hamilton Cardinals 6, vs. Burlington Bulls 1
Ken Coleman earned the win on the mound pitching 5 innings, allowing only 1 run on 5 hits and 5 strike outs. He also contributed at the plate going 2 for 3. Colin Harold closed the game pitching the 6th and final inning allowing no runs, no hits and strking out one batter. The Cardinals only had one defensive error in 6 innings. Slater Frith and Alex Michalak shut down the middle infield at 2nd base and short stop, with many outs recorded for both players. Other notable offensive performances came from Brendan Watson with an impressive 3 for 3 record on the night, including 2 RBI’s. Tiernan Caulfield contributed 2 hits and 1 RBI and Noah Skirrow had a hit and 2 RBI’s. Joseph McLeod added a powerful hit turning it into a triple with his blistering speed around the bases.

Hamilton Cardinals 4, vs. Waterdown Wolves 4
Hamilton came out strong against the host Waterdown team cashing in 4 runs in the top of the first inning. Noah Skirrow smashed a hard line shot down the third base line scoring the 2 lead off batters, already on base – Joseph McLeod and Brendan Watson. Alex Michalak added 2 singles and Jordan McNeil – one. The Wolve’s bats woke up in the 6th inning which resulted in 3 of their 4 runs. Their other single run came earlier in the game in the 2nd inning. A couple of untimely errors cost the Cardinals the win.

Alex Michalak had a great start on the mound pitching 2 2/3 innings – striking out 7 and only allowing 1 run on 1 hit in the effort. Joseph McLeod came in to finish the final 3rd of the last inning and he shut the Wolves down not, allowing a hit or a run. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done earlier in the 6th inning. The tying run was scored on an error.

Hamilton Cardinals 13, vs. Vaughn Vikings 1
Two of the Cardinal’s pitchers teamed up for a NO-HITTER in a 13-1 victory over Vaughn.

Brendan Watson held Vaughn hitless over three innings, allowing no earned runs, walking two and striking out six. Tiernan Caulfield pitched the final 2 innings allowing no hits, no walks and struck out 2.

Everything was working at the plate for the Cardinals in the first inning. Vaughn had no answer as the Cardinals scored 10 runs. Noah Skirrow, Watson, Tim Mcphie, and Joseph McLeod each got hits for the Cardinals. McLeod led the team with two hits. Skirrow and Paul Wagner recorded 2 RBI’s, Ken Coleman, Alex Michalak, Jordan McNeil, Tyler Hamilton and McPhee all had 1 RBI each.

Hamilton Cardinals 0, vs. Brantford Red Sox 7
The Cardinals started strong against Brantford but lost steam in the 5th inning when the Red Sox scored 5 of their 7 runs.

The Cardinals managed four hits on Sunday, but weren’t able to push enough runs across the plate. Singles were hit by Ken Coleman, Noah Skirrow, Tyler Hamilton and Tiernan Caulfield.

A defensive highlight for the Cardinals came from a great play by first baseman – Paul Wagner to end the 2nd inning. The Red Sox were threatening to score with bases loaded. The batter hit a hard line drive to first. Wagner made a great catch and threw out the runner not tagging at first to end the inning. If the hit had gone through it would have scored 2 runs.

Ken Coleman, Colin Harold and Joseph McLeod shared the pitching duties collectively allowing 7 runs on 7 hits, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts and 5 defensive errors.