Hamilton goes down swinging in slugfest

Hamilton and Kitchener combined for 24 runs on 30 hits Thursday night (June 7) at Jack Couch Park, but it was the Panthers coming out on top, 14-10, in the Intercounty Baseball League affair.

For the Cardinals, Jon Saporsantos, Dan Jagdeo and Justin Malabanan all hit home runs while Mitch Delaney had the Panthers’ only round tripper.

Cardinals’ Nathan Smith led off the game with a single but was caught stealing before Saporsantos (3-for-6 on the night) put Hamilton on the scoreboard with a solo home. Zack Ranta and Chris Piano each single in the inning but they were unable to get any more runs across the plate.

In the bottom of the first, Cardinals starting pitcher Taylor Boyle got into trouble giving up a leadoff walk to Luke Baker, a single to Darnell Duckett and another walk to Jeff Piettraszko. Mat Taube had a follow-up double to score the trio to make it 3-1 in favour of Kitchener.

Hamilton got one run back in the second. John Solazzo and Chris Redfern each singled and then Smith (3-for-6) singled to plate Solazzo, making the score 3-2. But the Panthers padded their cushion when Mike Winter, who reached base on an error, scored on Duckett’s fielder’s choice for a 4-2 Panther lead after two innings.

Jagdeo started the third with a walk and advanced all the way to third base on consecutive wild pitches. Jagdeo scored on Malabanan’s single to cut the Panther lead to one but Kitchener batted around in the bottom of the third, scoring four times on four hits.

Hamilton put up five runs in the fifth to tie the game at eight. The inning included a two-run home run by Malabanan (2-for-5). Kitchener regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth with two of their three runs coming off of a Duckett single.

Jagdeo led off the sixth with a solo home run, his third of the season, to cut the Kitchener lead to two runs. Chris Piano doubled and came home on Ryan Taylor’s two-out two sacker to make it 11-10 after five and a half innings.

Kitchener added three more runs in the bottom of the eighth to solidify their win over the Hamilton Cardinals.

For Hamilton, starter Taylor Boyle gave up 10 runs, nine of which were earned, on seven hits and seven walks while striking out two over four innings. Matt Betts relieved Boyle going three innings, allowing one earned run on four hits while striking out four, taking the loss. Mike Fortuna pitched the final inning allowing three runs; two were earned, on two hits and a walk.

For Kitchener, Adam Echlin went four and two-third innings, allowing eight runs – six were earned – on 14 hits while walking three and striking out four. Mike Vickers took over for Echlin and earned the win allowing two earned runs on two hits and striking out two. Mike White pitched the final three and a third innings allowing one hit and one walk while striking out five.