Cards use a lot of Magdic but lose in tourney quarter-final

The Hamilton Cardinals AAA Minor Peewees made it to the quarter-finals of a tournament in Vaughan this past weekend (June 15-16) before being eliminated.

The Cards got off to a promising and impressive start in their opening game, shellacking the Vaughan Vikings 2 by a score of 19-1 in a three-inning mercy.

Connor Goodes picked up the win with George Tsiflikiotis pitching the final 2/3 of an inning to combine for a no hitter. Several Cardinals hitters were hot at the plate including Sean Pettener who was 3-for-3 with a trio of runs-batted-in while scoring twice himself. Goodes went 2-for-2 with a single RBI and Cameron McLeod was 2-for-3 with two ribbies.

But the highlight of the game was a pinch hit grand slam by Ryan Magdic in the bottom of the third.

Game 2 gave the Cards their second win, a 12-8 decision over the Leaside Leafs that saw Hamilton overcome a 7-0 deficit in the top of the first after a couple of Hamilton errors and some timely hitting by Leaside.

Hamilton battled back with eight runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead. Ben Woodhouse was 3-for-4 with two RBI and scoring twice. And for the second time in as many games, Magdic connected for a grand slam in the third.

Josh Tee would record the win.

The Cards found themselves trailing by a pair of runs in the third game but battled back to earn a 2-2 tie with the Scarborough Stingers.

Hamilton scored its two runs in the top of the fifth for the tie. Sean Pettener went 2-for-3 and Woodhouse was 1-for-3. Each batted in a run to send Hamilton to the quarter-finals after going unbeaten in round robin play.

Hamilton went up against league rival Mississauga North and despite taking a 6-3 lead in the third, the Cards lost 10-7. Woodhoouse was 2-for-3 and scored three runs. Pettener was 1-for-3, scored twice, and had an RBI.

Magdic had another four RBI game going 2-for-3. Reliever Pettener would suffer the loss.