Hamilton Cardinals split preseason IBL doubleheader

The Hamilton Cardinals made their senior Intercounty Baseball League playing debut for 2012 on a winning and losing note.

Visiting the London Majors, the Cards split the twin bill, dropping the opener, 3-2, but rebounding to take the second contest in convincing fashion, 12-0, with a no-hitter.

In the first game, the Majors scored all their runs in the first inning. Cardinals’ starter Matt Martinow surrendered four hits, three of which were doubles. The Cards scored their runs in the top of the third inning.

In game two, Hamilton used a combination of three hits and some poor fielding to score three runs in the top second inning off of London’s Matt Mitro. The visitors extended their lead in the next inning with another run.

Brett van Pelt and Nino Fasulo combined for a no-hitter to split the twin bill.

The Cardinals open the IBL season on Saturday, May 12 as they head to Nelson Park in Burlington to face the Twins. The game will broadcast seen on Cable 14 on Monday (May 14) at noon.

On Sunday, May 13, Hamilton will host the Guelph Royals at Bernie Arbour Stadium for the home opener. Fans attending the home opener are encouraged to wear red in support of the Cardinals.

Tickets for all Hamilton Cardinals home games are available at the Bernie Arbour Stadium Box Office on game day. For more information on Cardinals season passes email iblcardinals@bell.net.

Fans can listen to every Hamilton Cardinals’ Friday night home game, live, on INDI 101 FM or online at www.indifm.ca.