The Hamilton Major Peewee Cardinals celebrated Father’s Day by winning their first game in regular season play in the Central Ontario Baseball Association play.
The Cards 7-4 decision over the Mississauga Majors left them with a 1-6 record.
Starting pitcher Ty Whalen went four hitless innings, giving up two unearned runs and striking out seven while walking two. Reliever Jacob Underwood picked up the decision pitching the final three innings. He also gave up two unearned runs on five hits while striking out two with no walks.
The offence found its groove with 11 hits, scoring once in the fourth, twice in the sixth and four in the seventh to give Underwood all the runs he needed to shut down the Majors in the bottom of the seventh as he retired all three batters that came to the plate.
Underwood also picked off a runner at first in the fifth inning.
Whalen led the way at the plate for the Cards, going 3-for-4 with four RBI. Dawson McLaughlin was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Darien Kielb went 1-for-4, scored twice and drove in two runs. The final RBI was recorded by Chris Pendlebury who went 1-for-2 at the plate with two walks. Ben Zwolak went 1-for-3 in the leadoff spot, with a double and a walk, scoring two runs. Matt Porkolab and David Candy scored the other two runs.
Loss to Burlington Bulls on Thursday
On Thursday (June 14), the Cards squandered a two-run lead after three innings and fell 11-3 to the Burlington Bulls in COBA play.
Michael Ssemanda got the start and held the Bulls in check for three innings, throwing 27 pitches. With his defence turning a 4-6-3 double play in the first and Ssemanda picking consecutive runners off second and first to end the third it looked promising for the Cards.
But he struggled in the fourth inning, throwing 19 pitches without recording an out, giving up five runs – fourunearned – on seven hits. Whalen came on in relief and pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving up six runs – four earned – on six hits and three walks while striking out four.
Ben Zwolak pitched the final 2/3 of an inning recording the final two outs. Zwolak and McLaughlin both went 2-for-4 at the plate, with McLaughlin getting a triple, scoring two runs and driving in a run. Whalen was 1-for-4 and drove in the other two runs. Kole Bishop-Polmateer and Underwood both reached base in every at bat, each being walked three times.