Ninth inning error costly for IBL Cards

Hamilton stayed close to Barrie throughout the game but a ninth inning error cost the Cardinals the chance to come from behind as the Baycats defeated the Cardinals, 8-3, in senior Intercounty Baseball League play on Sunday (May 20).

Barrie opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. Kyle DeGrace reached base when hit by a pitch with two outs. After stealing second he scored on Jon Waltenbury’s run-batted-in single. The Baycats doubled their lead to 2-0 in the top of the third when DeGrace hit a two-sacker with two outs and crossed the plate on Matt Logan’s single.

In the sixth, with the first two batters retired, Robert Recuenco extended the inning with a single and was awarded second base on a balk. A walk kept the inning alive and Recuenco scored on Jeff Cowan’s RBI single. Barrie extended its margin to four in the seventh when Waltenbury scored from third base on a rare error by Chris Piano of the Cardinals.

Hamilton broke the shutout in the bottom half of the seventh starting with Ryan Taylor reaching base on a fielder’s choice. He advanced 90 feet on Chris Redfern’s single and scored on Justin Malabanan’s safety while Redfern cut the Barrie lead in half when he scored on Jon Saporsantos’ single.

However, Barrie added to its lead in the ninth. Waltenbury opened the inning with a single and later scored on Jordan Lundberg’s single. Kevin Atkinson reached base by way of being hit by a pitch. Hamilton got Matt Richardson to line out for the second out of the inning and it looked like Recuenco was the third out until first baseman Jon Solazzo had the ball pop out of his glove to keep the Baycats up to bat. Ryan Spataro cleared the bases with a triple to give his team an 8-2 lead.

The Cardinals would get one run back in the bottom of the ninth on a Dan Jagdeo RBI single but that was all Hamilton could get against the Baycats.

For the Cardinals, Brett van Pelt started the game going five and two-thirds innings allowing three runs, all earned, on seven hits, four walks, hitting one batter and striking out one for the loss. Matt Betts relieved van Pelt in the sixth inning allowing one hit and striking out one. Mike Fortuna started the seventh and in two innings he allowed one unearned run on three hits, walked one and struck out one. Nino Fasulo finished the game on the mound for Hamilton allowing four runs, one of which was earned, on three hits while striking out one.

For Barrie, Greg Byron earned the win going six and two-thirds innings allowing two earned runs on nine hits, allowing one walk and striking out five. Shaun Slemko relieved Byron, going one and a third innings, allowing a hit and striking out one. Scott Kelly finished the game, allowing one run on two hits while striking out one.

Offensively, Malabanan paced the cardinals with a three-for-four showing at the plate that produced three singles, one RBI and he was hit by a pitch while striking out once. Redfern had a pair of safeties and scored twice while Saporsantos had two singles in five trips to the plate and drove in one run.

The Cardinals will return to action on Thursday (May 24) when they travel to London to face the Majors. They return to Bernie Arbour the following night when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Game time for both games is 7:30 p.m.

In other games Sunday, the Brantford Red Sox pounded out 26 hits to crush the Toronto Maple Leafs, 21-7, the London Majors blanked the Guelph Royals, 11-0, and Kitchener Panthers were 6=4 winners over the Ottawa Fat Cats.