As the sun set on Thursday, May 17 at Bernie Arbour Stadium, the cool weather set in and three Cardinal pitchers battled for nine innings to keep the Niagara Falcons to 7 runs. And with the offence getting six runs in the third inning, and single runs in the sixth and seventh it was enough to beat the undefeated Falcons 8-7 in Central Ontario Baseball Association play.
The victory for the Cardinals left them with a record of two wins, two losses and a tie.
Starting and winning pitcher Adam Prodeus lasted for four complete innings, striking out four batters, giving up three hits, and allowing three earned runs. Gavin Barnard came in for three plus relief innings and had a gem of a performance, allowing one hit while fanning five. He was tagged with two earned runs.
With the bases loaded and no outs for the Falcons in the eighth, closer Hayden Waselynchuk came in to stop the bleeding. After walking his first batter, the six-foot-three hurler, settled down to strike out the next three batters to end the threat with the Cards up by a run.
In the ninth, Waselynchuk again shut them down the visitors, inducing a fly ball and striking out the next two batters with smoking fastballs.
Offensively, the Cards’ highlights came from Marlon Krupa with two hits and a run scored. Aaron DiNatale contributed a double, an RBI and scored one run. Travis Tomlinson scored twice and drove in a run. Single RBI came from Daniel Krasulja, Willy Pettner, and Christian Nunez.
Coach John Turbutt had this to say about his team; “It was a cold night for the pitchers which affected their longevity but they did a great job supporting each other in relief situations. We had one bad inning defensively, but otherwise, considering the cold temperature, the boys did a very good job tonight.”
The Midget Cardinals are on the road for the next two games and return to Bernie Arbour Stadium May 31st at 7 p.m. against the Brampton Royals.