Brantford goes to the long ball to crush Cards

Brantford Red Sox went on a 15-hit attack Saturday (May 26) for an easy 12-1 win against the Hamilton Cardinals. Four of the Red Sox hits were homeruns compared to Hamilton’s total hit output of five.

The loss drops Hamilton’s record to 2-5 while Brantford remains a top the Intercounty Baseball League with a 7-0 record.

Brantford would open the scoring in the first with runners on the corners and two outs. Scott Thorman attempted to steal second and was caught in a rundown but prior to Thorman being tagged for the third out Josh McCurdy stole home to take a 1-0 lead.

In the fifth, the Cardinals looked to tie the game as Matt Fortuna opened the inning with a walk and moved to second on Ryan Taylor’s sacrifice bunt. Nathan Smith would reach base on an error which allowed Fortuna to reach third base. Jon Saporsantos drew a two-out walk, bringing Dan Jagdeo to bat with the bases loaded. Unfortunately for Hamilton, Jagdeo would fly out to right field for the third out of the inning.

The Red Sox would extend their lead in their half of the fifth. Wayne Forman doubled to open the inning and was followed by a walk to Tyler Burnell. McCurdy hit a three-run homerun to clear the bases to give Brantford a 4-0 lead. Thorman would then draw a one-out walk and come in to score on Lee Delfino’s two-run homerun to make it 6-0 through five innings.

TJ Singh would get Hamilton going in the sixth with a two-out double and was followed by a walk to Fortuna. Taylor would then hit a single to score Singh to make it a 6-1. Brantford got that run back in the bottom of the sixth on Stevie Lewis’s solo homerun. The Red Sox would add two more runs in the inning to extend their lead to 9-1.

Brantford would add two more runs in the seventh and a solo homerun by Thorman in the eighth to take the game 12-1.

Starting pitcher Tim Black takes the loss for the Cardinals going four and a third innings allowing six earned runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out two. Zach Pearson would relieve Black and go one and two thirds innings allowing three runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits. Myles Swartz would pitch the final two innings for Hamilton allowing three earned runs on five hits and striking out two.

At the plate Zack Ranta had a 2-for-three day with a pair of singles for the Cards.

For Brantford, Graham Tebbit would get the win in relief of Robert Ramsden. Ramsden went four innings allowing a hit, walking two batters and striking out one. Tebbit went two innings on the mound allowing one earned run on three hits, walking three and striking out two. Mark James would pitch the seventh and eighth innings allowing a single hit and striking out three while Stefan Strecker got the final three outs of the game.

The teams play each other again Sunday (May 27) at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium starting at 2 p.m.