Jagdeo’s six RBI effort can’t save IBL Cardinals

Hamilton Cardinals opened up their 2012 Intercounty Baseball League season on the road in Burlington on Saturday (May 14) falling to the Twins, 11-10, in 11 innings.

Burlington opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning of the senior contest. With two outs, Branson Joseph walked and advanced to second when Darryl Pui was hit by a pitch. Joseph scored on Kyle Gappa’s single for the 1-0 lead.

Hamilton tied the count in the second when Johnathan Solazzo singled to open the inning and advanced to second on Justin Malabanan’s walk. They advance when Ryan Taylor grounded out to the pitcher and Solazzo scored on Chris Redfern’s ground out.

The Twins broke the game open in the third when 11 players went to bat. Jamie Lekas opened the inning being hit by a pitch and was followed by Adam Cholewka and Joseph drawing walks to load the bases. Pui’s bases loaded single brought in Lekas and Gappa followed up with a walk but Joseph and Pui would cross the plate on a wild pitch. Burlington would add two more runs in the inning to take a 6-1 lead.

The Cardinals added a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings. Taylor singled and was brought in on Redfern’s double in the fourth while Jon Saporsantos scored in the fifth off of Solazzo’s sacrifice fly.

In the sixth, Taylor, Redfern and Nathan Smith opened the inning with back-to-back-to-back singles with Taylor scoring on Smith’s hit. Matt McGraw was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Dan Jagdeo cleared them with a grand slam. That gave Hamilton an 8-6 lead through five and a half innings. Burlington regained the lead in their half of the sixth as Joseph hit a three-run homerun followed by a solo shot by Pui.

Jagdeo tied the game at 10 for the Cardinals in the top of the eighth with a one out, two-run homerun. With no scoring over the final inning and a half, the teams went to extra innings.

In the bottom of the 11th, Gappa and Brian Sewell led off with singles and advanced 90-feet on Jeff MacLeod’s sacrifice bunt. Craig Vannus would then single in Gappa for the game winning run.

For the Cardinals, Matt Martinow started the game allowing six runs, three of them earned, on two hits, walking four batters, hitting another two and striking out three over two and a third innings. Justin Volpato relieved Martinow going two and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs on five hits and walking three. Taylor Boyle entered the game in the sixth allowing just one hit and striking out one to the six batters he faced. Nino Fasulo pitched the final three and two-thirds innings taking the loss. Fasulo allowed just one run on five hits, walking one and striking out three.

For Burlington, Kurtis Robinson started the game going five innings, allowing three runs, two were earned, on seven hits, walking three and striking out four batters. Kyle Bolton relieved Robinson going one and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs on four hits, walking one, hitting a batter and striking out one. Aaron Boag would then pitch the next three and a third innings allowing two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out another. Alex Gael earned the win pitching the eleventh inning allowing just a single hit over four batters.

The Cardinals will open up the home portion of their 2012 schedule on Sunday (Mother’s Day) when they host the Guelph Royals at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium starting at 2 p.m. Brett van pelt is scheduled to start on the mound for Hamilton.

Prior to Sunday’s home opener Hamilton’s designated hitter Dan Jagdeo will be honoured for being named to the 2011 IBL First All-Star Team and Connie Smith, host of Always Good News, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. In honour of Mother’s Day, the Hamilton Cardinals organization will be giving away special prizes to mothers during the game.