IBL Cards start fast, fade even faster

Hamilton Cardinals gave a home crowd the impression they would do what no other teams has done this season in Intercounty Baseball League play – beat the Brantford Red Sox.

The host Cards scored five runs in the first inning to wipe out the one run the Red Sox had scored to open the game at Bernie Arbour Stadium on Sunday (May 27). Unfortunately, Hamilton didn’t score again until a single run crossed home plate in the seventh inning.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox scored a single in the second inning, a pair in the third, singles in the fifth and sixth, and capped things off with two runs in the seventh.

Those runs came as part of the Red Sox 15 hit assault (the same barrage they delivered to the Cards 24 hours earlier) and gave Brantford its eighth straight win, 8-6 for those who were not counting.

While Brantford sits atop the IBL, Hamilton finds itself at the bottom of the nine-team circuit with a 2-6 record.

The Cards weren’t exactly slouches at the plate, themselves. They pounded out 10 hits, including Zack Ranta’s three-hit day with an RBI, and Chike Springer singled twice and drove in a run. Dan Jagdeo and Chris Piano each contributed a double.

Brian Speck came on in the sixth inning in relief of starter Scott Robinson and earned the win, allowing just three hits and one earned run with two strikeouts over two innings. Stefan Strecker picked up the save, walking one and striking out one over the final two innings.

Scott Thorman had a four hit day, including a two run homerun, a double and two singles with three RBI and a run scored in the win. Terrell Alliman had a double and a pair of singles with a two runs scored while Jason Gotwalt also singled twice with a double and an RBI. Steve Lewis singled and homered and added two runs scored and an RBI while Josh McCurdy chipped in with a single and two runs scored.

Nino Fasulo was the third Hamilton pitcher of the day and suffered the loss, allowing three hits and two earned runs with one strikeout over 1 1/3 innings.

Each team was guilty of one error.

The Cardinals visit the Guelph Royals on Tuesday (May 29) for a 7:30 p.m. game.