The Hamilton Cardinals Midgets suffered a season opening loss but rebounded for a tie against the East York Bulldogs in a 400 Series League opening day double header.
Hamilton lost 6-1 in the first game but rebounded with a 2-2 tie in the nightcap.
In the opener, Cardinals starting pitcher Justin O’Reilly and his mates found themselves in a scoreless contest going into the fourth inning. East York used a bases-loaded walk to score the first run off Hamilton reliever Travis Tomlinson.
Hamilton tried to knot the score on an unsuccessful steal home in the fifth inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, closing pitcher Hayden Waselynchuk came in with the bases loaded and with two out the Bulldogs scored another walk-in run. In the top of the sixth the Cardinals battled back with a hard hit to left field by Christian Nunez scoring the lone Hamilton run.
Going into the sixth East York came on strong to score its remaining four runs and the Cardinals couldn’t muster any more runs in the sixth or seventh innings.
O’Reilly, in three innings of work, struck out three and walked three. Tomlinson had four strikeouts and walked six in his 1.5 innings of work. Waselynchuk finished the game and struck out two, walked two, and hit one batsman.
After the Bulldogs scored a pair of runs off starter Adam Prodeus in the first inning, Hamilton’s defence held their hosts in check for the balance of the game. The Cardinals used walks to produce their two runs.
Hamilton’s defence benefitted from superb catches by Braden Johnston in centre and Hayden Waselynchuk at first to stymie the Bulldogs.
On the mound, Prodeus gave up six hits and walked two in his three innings of work. Reliever Aaron Dinatale, in his two innings, struck out three, walked two, and surrendered two hits. Closer Gavin Barnard gave up one hit in his one inning appearance.