The Hamilton Cardinals Major Peewees bowed out in the semi-final game at the London Badgers tournament on the weekend (June 8-10).
After dropping their opening game to London, 13-2, the Cards, advanced to the semi-finals with a pair of one-run walk off games. Hamilton defeated the Waterloo Wolves, 9-8, and then disposed of the Amherstburg Cardinals, 6-5.
Georgetown eliminated Hamilton on Sunday with an 18-11 win.
On the Friday night against the host Badgers, Kole Bishop started and went three innings, giving up five runs – 4 earned – on four hits and three walks. Dawson McLaughlin came on in relief and gave up six runs in his only inning of work.
David Candy pitched the fifth inning, giving up the last two runs. Thomas Henderson went the distance for London and held the Cards to four hits. Chris Pendlebury had two of those hits, including a two-run homer in the first inning. Matt Porkolab and McLaughlin recorded the other two hits.
The next day, the Cards beat Waterloo in the bottom of the fifth inning. Pitcher Michael Ssemanda went 4 2/3, giving up eight runs – four earned – on nine hits. Tyler Whalen came on in relief and threw three pitches, striking out the only batter he faced to get the win.
McLaughlin went 3-for-3, with two RBI, including a double, while Whalen and Nolan Gallo collected two hits each. Jacob Underwood, Matt Porkolab and Pendlebury each recorded a hit and scored a run, with Gallo scoring the winning run.
In the Cards second game on Saturday, David Candy got the start, going 3 1/3, giving up two runs on two hits. Whalen came on in relief, giving up one run in 1 1/3 inning. Pendlebury pitched the final two innings, earning the win with five strikeouts.
The pitching was helped by a double play started by catcher Underwood with one out in the top of the fifth. With a runner on second base, the batter tipped his bunt attempt into the air and Underwood made the catch, then threw the runner out who was trying to return to the bag.
The offence came from all parts of the lineup. Doubles were hit by Gallo, Candy and Whalen while Pendlebury hit a triple. Candy had two RBI, Darien Kielb, Whalen, Gallo and Underwood had the others.
Against Georgetown Eagles in the semi-finals, Underwood went from behind the plate to the mound and over three innings he was touched for 13 runs, 10 earned. McLaughlin came on in relief and gave up five runs in three innings, with Kole Bishop working a scoreless seventh inning.
Again offence came from the entire lineup with McLaughlin leading with a two-run homer. Doubles were recorded by McLaughlin, Underwood, Bishop and Ssemanda. Knocking in runs were Pendlebury, Porkolab, Bishop and Candy with one each, McLaughlin and Underwood with two each.
Bishop has two RBI in losing COBA cause
In Central Ontario Baseball Association play, the Major Peewees dropped an 8-5 decision to Brampton on Tuesday (June 5).
Matt Porkolab got the start for the Cardinals, and took the loss, going 2 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs – four earned on four hits and three walks.
Dawson McLaughlin pitched the remaining 2 2/3 innings, giving up one run on two hits and four walks. Chris Pendlebury went 2-fo- 3 at the plate with two doubles and two runs scored.
Kole Bishop drove in two runs.