Fat Cats open flood gates on Cardinals

Hamilton may have ended a three-game losing streak on Saturday but Ottawa made sure the Cardinals would not start a winning streak, taking a rain-shortened Intercounty Baseball League game 13-1 in seven innings.

The Fat Cats wasted little time in setting the tone of the game, scoring two runs in the first inning. Mark Charrette, who walked in his at bat, scored on Brand Huffman’s RBI single. Huffman scored a few batters later when LaDale Hayes singled to right field. Ottawa added three more runs in the third when Wade Wilson doubled with the bases loaded.

The Fat Cats batted around in the bottom of the fourth inning doubling their lead to 10-0. In the inning, Matt McGovern and Wade Wilson each doubled while Pat Gagnon, Charrette and Kevin Dietrich all singled.

Hamilton broke the shutout in the fifth. Chike Springer led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on Zack Ranta’s double. Springer left the game as he appeared to injury himself advancing to third base. Steve Martinow, who replaced Springer, scored on Colin Porter’s single to left to get the donut off the board.

The Cardinals looked ready to score a few more times in the sixth when they loaded the bases with walks to Devin Coburn and Anthony Rizquez as well as an error that got Nathan Smith on base to start the inning. However, Chris Redfern and Martinow went down on strike for the first two outs of the inning and Ranta flew out to end the threat.

Ottawa added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth.

The skies opened up in the bottom of the seventh and the game was called after a 30-minute rain delay to make it a 13-1 final in favour of the Fat Cats.

For Hamilton, Brett van Pelt went three innings allowing five earned runs on five hits, walking five and striking out one in the loss. Myles Swartz relieved van Pelt to start to the fourth, allowing five earned runs on five hits to the nine batters he faced in the one inning of work. Neal Lambert pitched the next two innings for the Cardinals allowing three unearned runs on three hits, walking two and striking out two. Nino Fasulo came on and faced two batters prior to the game being called because of the rain.

For Ottawa, William Sebastian earned the win going five innings on the mound, allowing one run on six hits, walking four batters and striking out three. Eric Boisvert took over for Sebastian going two innings, walking three batters and striking out two.

The final game of the three game set in Ottawa will go Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. for the Fat Cats’ annual school day game. Although the game will take place in Ottawa, the Hamilton Cardinals will be the home team for the game.