The Hamilton Cardinals’ Major Mosquito 2 team buzzed through the Cambridge Toyota Tyke Tournament on the June 15-17 weekend before they were swatted down in the semi-finals.
The Cards opened the tourney with a convincing 14-2 win over Ajax and followed that with an even more impressive 18-0 whitewash of Cambridge. The Guelph Royals were next to fall, 6-4. But in the next game, a semi-final tilt the Cards were victimized by a 6-4 score and eliminated by Barrie.
In the first game, Hamilton jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Evan Hillock got things going for the Cardinals with a single. A stolen base then moved Hillock to second and a Liam Walsh single, plated Hillock.
Hamilton scored five runs in the second, highlighted by four steals of home by Michael Lanza, Chris Groszek, Hillock, and Kyle Warrener and a single by Zack Brady. Six Hamilton hitters combined for 14 hits, five RBI and 13 runs scored.
After posting four runs in the fourth, the Cardinals repeated the effort in the fifth. In the fourth Warrener had an RBI double to score Ethan Barcley.
Game 2 belonged to the Cards early after Hamilton rallied in the second with 14 runs, and another three in the third to end the game with a mercy. The Cardinals batting was on fire with runs scoring from every player on the team.
Guelph challenged the Cards in the third game but a two-run homer from Owen Russo in the fourth, along with his single in the same inning, and double in the fifth sparked Hamilton.
Hillock went 2-for-3.
The top of the first saw the Guelph Royals take an early lead, 1-0.
The Cards saved all their offence for the fourth frame when they sent six runs cross the plate on an RBI double by Barclay, Russo’s dinger, and the three steals of home.
In the semi-final game, Russo and Noah Godfrey teamed up with two hits against Barrie. Harrison Farrugia and Hillock contributed with one hit each in the game, but that wasn’t enough to push the Cards over the top. They started a rally in the seventh, but Barrie ended the rally with an out at second base and a pick off at first.