The Milton Mets handed the Mosquito Cardinals their first lost of the Central Ontario Baseball Association’s Minor Mosquito schedule, 11-5, on Monday (May 14) at Hamilton’s McQuesten Park.
The win for the Mets avenged a 13-3 loss the Cards dealt on Thursday (May 10) in Milton and it stopped Hamilton’s win streak at three games to start the season.
The game started out well with Nathan Gillis on the mound pitching very strongly but he was matched by the Mets opposing pitcher. Gillis pitched four innings and left the mound with a 4-2 lead in his pocket. Unfortunately, the Cards were not able to hold the momentum to get him his second win of the season. The Mets showed great patience at the plate and along with some timely hits and untimely mistakes by the Cardinals, the Mets rebounded for the win.
Despite Nathan’s great pitching and some strong defensive plays made by Caleb Burleigh and Sawyer Smith, the Minor Mosquito Cardinals are now 3 – 1.
In Milton, Liam Bistoyong pitched the first three innings, giving up only two runs (which were the first two hitters of the game) while striking out seven. At the plate, he went three-for-three with a single, a double, a home run, getting hit by a pitch, taking a walk, scoring two runs and batting in five runs.
Sawyer Smith closed out the game on the mound. He surrendered only one run while striking out four in three strong innings of work.
Strong Start in Burlington
Playing in Burlington on May 8, the Cardinals get off to a strong start and never look back en route to a 15-4 decision. The Cards took a commanding 5-0 lead with their first at-bats thanks in part to some patience at the plate and Gillis’ bases clearing three run double hit over the centrefielders head.
In the bottom of the first, pitcher Thomas Matsell took the mound facing only four batters and striking out three. He threw three very strong innings and did not surrender a run.
Malcolm McLeod took over on the mound continuing to shut down the Bulls before Liam Bistoyong came in to pitch to the last batter closing out the game and giving the Cardinals the victory.
The Mosquitos next play on Monday, May 21 at McQuesten Park at 6 p.m. against the Mississauga Tigers.