Hyung Choy and Lee Delfino each had two-run home runs for the Brantford Red Sox en route to a 14-2 victory over the Hamilton Cardinals at Bernie Arbour Stadium on Sunday (June 10). The teams combined for 29 hits in the Intercounty Baseball League slugfest.
Brantford broke open a scoreless game in the fourth inning, pushing eight runs across the plate. Delfino opened the inning with a walk and stole second base before scoring on Jason Gotwalt’s single. Terrell Alliman followed with a single to put runners on first and second. When Stevie Lewis reached base on an error, Gotwalt scampered home. Wayne Forman and Tyler Burnell had back-to-back singles with Alliman crossing the plate on Forman’s hit.
The Red Sox put up three more singles as they batted around. Delfino, Gotwalt and Alliman connected to bring the score to 8-0 after three and a half innings. Of the eight runs scored, only one was earned.
Hamilton got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Dan Jagdeo (3-for-5) hit a solo shot to lead off the frame. The home run was his fourth of the season. Chris Piano (2-for-4) also scored in the inning on Chris Redfern’s single.
Brantford added two runs in the fifth on Choy’s two-run home run, two in the seventh, and two more in the ninth on Delfino’s home run to complete the scoring.
The game was delayed in the bottom of the first inning for approximately 30-minutes when Brantford’s Joe Colameco was injured making an amazing diving catch in centre field. He was taken to a hospital by ambulance with an apparent compound fracture to his arm.
For Hamilton, Matt Martinow started the game and took the loss in three and two-thirds innings of work. Martinow allowed seven hits, walked three, and struck out one. Derek Howe took over for Martinow and went two and a third innings allowing two earned runs on four hits and walking three. Zach Pearson tossed the next two innings allowing two runs, both earned, on four hits and striking out one. Neal Lambert pitched the final inning allowing two runs on two hits.
For Brantford, Andy St. Gelias earned the win going five innings allowing two runs – one was unearned – on seven hits, walking one, and striking out six. Robert Ramsdale replaced St. Gelias to start the seventh and went two innings allowing two hits and striking out two. Graham Tebbit pitched the eighth inning, striking out one of the three batters he faced. Closer Brad Hogeterp allowed three hits.
Hamilton is last in the league with a 4-11 record and 6 ½ games out of first place.
Hamilton will next take to the field on Friday, June 15 when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Bernie Arbour Stadium. On that night the Cardinals will host Ladies in Baseball Night. Girls and women of the Hamilton Women’s baseball Club, the COGBL, HDBA and Little League who come in their jerseys will be admitted to the game free of charge. Game time is 7:30 p.m.