Five runs in the first inning carried the Brampton Royals to a 12-5 win over the Hamilton Cardinals in Major Bantam play in the Central Ontario Baseball Association.
Starting pitcher Ken Coleman did his best to keep the Cards in the game despite the opening inning. In addition to a two-hit effort – a triple and a single- at the plate, Coleman held the Royals to six hits over his 3 2/3 innings of work.
He managed four strikeouts, and walked two. And only four runs against him were earned.
Hamilton’s offence just was not enough. After pushing across two runs in the top of the third, the Cardinals faced an 8-2 deficit.
Walks to Jake Hanes and Tyler Hamilton rallied the Cardinals.
Three of the Cardinals runs crossed the plate in the top half of the fifth, making the score 12-5. A groundout by Hanes, an RBI double by Hamilton, and a passed ball gave Hamilton life.
The Cards are 3-4 in league play.