Cards late rally not enough to shake Leafs

Hamilton scored seven times in the final three innings of play compared to Toronto’s three runs in the same period.

Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the Maple Leafs had scored nine times in the earlier innings and the net result was a 12-8 senior Intercounty Baseball Association win on Wednesday (June 20) for Toronto that extended Hamilton’s losing streak to six games.

The Cardinals will look to turn things around on Friday (June 22) when they host the London Majors at Bernie Arbour Stadium at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Mohawk College’s radio station INDI 101 and Cable 14 will tape the game for broadcast on Saturday at noon and 7 p.m. as well as Sunday at noon.

Jordan Castaldo led the way for Toronto going four-for-five with three singles, a double and three runs batted in. For Hamilton, Dan Jagdeo would bring in four runs on two singles and a walk.

Toronto got on the scoreboard first as Glenn Jackson singled to open up the bottom of the first and was joined on the base paths by Branfy Arias when he was hit by a pitch. Both would score on Castaldo’s doubled.

The Maple Leafs would add three more runs in the third to take a 5-0 lead.

In the third, Hamilton would get a run across the plate as Jon Saporsantos, who walked to open the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch, came in on Jagdeo’s single. Dan Marra got that run back for the Maple Leafs in the bottom of the third scoring on a Brett van Pelt wild pitch.

Toronto opened up an even wider lead in the fourth after scoring three times. Jackson would score from first base on Castaldo’s single. Richards would then double to bring in Castaldo and later scored on Dan Marra’s single to make it 9-1.

The score would remain that way until the seventh when the Cardinals had a bat around inning. Chris Redfern reached base on a fielder’s choice and was joined on base by Saporsantos and Matt McGraw who drew walks. Jagdeo would then single in Redfern and Saporsantos. Chike Springer would load up the bases once again with a walk and was followed by a Chris Piano double to score two more runs to close the gap to 9-6. Toronto got one of the runs back in the bottom of the seventh.

Each team would score twice in the eighth with Hamilton getting both runs from bases load walks. The Cardinals would add one more run in the top of the ninth but could not get any closer.

For Hamilton, van Pelt took the loss going four innings, allowing nine runs, seven of which were earned, on nine hits while striking out three. Derek Howe relieved van Pelt to start the fifth and went three innings allowing one run on three hits, a walk and one strikeout. Nino Fasulo finished the game allowing two earned runs on three hits, walking one batter and striking out two.

For Toronto, Toby Kirbis went six and a third innings allowing five earned runs on four hits, walking seven batters and striking out nine. Lucas Kawa came into the game with one out in the seventh and went two-thirds of an inning allowing two runs on two hits, walking two and striking out one. Brandon Horigan pitched the final two innings allowing one unearned run without allowing a hit. Horigan would walk three batters and strikeout two.