Hamilton and Ottawa made up for their rain shortened game on Sunday as they went 13 innings on Monday (June 4) with the Cardinals coming out on top 7-6.
The Intercounty Baseball League victory moved the senior Cardinals into eighth place with a record of 4-8. Although the game was played in Ottawa and was their annual school day game, it was considered Hamilton’s home game.
The Fat Cats opened the scoring in the top of the third inning with Pat Gagnon leading off with a walk and moving to second on Cody Mombuquette’s single. Both scored on Brandon Huffman’s two-out double.
The Cardinals responded right back in the bottom half of the third as Anthony Rizquez singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He moved to third on Chris Redfern’s safety and scored on an error charged to Ottawa’s third baseman to make it 2-1.
Ottawa scored twice in the fifth as Kevin Dietrich, Huffman and Eitan Maoz all singled allowing Jason Coker and Dietrich to cross the plate to extend the Fat Cats’ lead. In the sixth, the Fat Cats scored two more runs on a Mombuquette single and a Coker double to take a 6-1 lead.
The flood gates then opened up in the bottom of the eighth for Hamilton. Nathan Smith and Redfern led off the inning drawing walks. Chike Springer followed with an RBI single to left field and Colin Porter smacked a one-out double to right to plate Redfern. Ryan Taylor added a double to make it 6-5. Catcher Tim Black hit into a fielder’s choice which cashed in Taylor to tie the game at six.
The game remained that way until the bottom of the thirteenth inning. Black hit a one-out single and advanced to third on Rizquez’ single to right centre. The Fat Cats opted to intentionally walk Smith to load the bases. Redfern sent the first pitch he saw to centre field to single in the game winning run.
For Hamilton, rookie relief pitcher Zach Pearson earned his first career IBL win going five innings, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out two batters. Matt Martinow started the game and went five and two-thirds innings allowing all six earned runs on nine hits, walking five batters while striking out three. Justin Volpato relieved Martinow in the sixth and went two and a third innings walking one and striking out another.
For Ottawa, Josh Soffer took the loss going four and two-thirds innings allowing one earned run on three hits, walking three and striking out six. Matt Hummel started the game and went seven innings allowing one unearned run on three hits while walking three batters and striking out five. Tyler Durward replaced Hummel on the mound to start the eighth and only lasted a third of an inning facing five batters. Durward would allow four earned runs on two hits and walk two Cardinal batters. Brett Sabourin took over for Durward, also going a third of an inning allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk.
Hamilton will get the next couple days off before they head to Kitchener on Thursday to play the Panthers at Jack Couch Park starting at 7:30 p.m. It will be the first meeting between the two teams this season. The June 1 game between the two teams was postponed due to rain.