Pitching, defence hit the right notes for Cards

Despite giving up a total of nine runs over four games, the Hamilton Cardinals Minor Bantam 1 squad was knocked out of the Mississauga North Tournament on the weekend (June 15-17).

The Cardinals won their first three games, 1-0 over North York, 9-1 against Barrie, and 14-4 playing the Mississauga Bengals. Etobicoke finally stopped Hamilton by a 4-3 score in a quarter-final matchup The Bantam 1 team has yet to lose this season in Central Ontario Baseball Association league play and is 9-0, with one tie.

Against North York, Anthony Marzanek baffled one of the top teams in the province with his controlled pitching as the Minor Bantam Cardinals took their opener.
In a complete-game gem, Marzanek got ahead of 17 of the 21 batters he faced — giving up just two hits and one walk. Catcher Mitch Rossit threw out two base stealers and picked a third off at first.
Brandon Chong drove in the only run in the sixth inning scoring Brendon D’Agostino.

Hamilton had an easier go of it in the second game against Barrie. Brendan Kelly-Ruetz was 3-for-4 with two RBI as the Cardinals pounded on the Barrie Red Sox.

Rossit moved from behind the plate to the mound and went 4 and 2/3 innings, giving up just three hits and one run to earn the win.

Owen Novoselac went 2-for-3 and was walked twice while scoring three times and driving in two runs. Caleb Radley got the win in relief, throwing three innings and giving up just one hit while striking out six.

In the quarter-final game. the Cardinals had the three-time defending Ontario Baseball Association champs down 3-0 early but couldn’t hold the lead and ended up being eliminated in extra innings. Ethan Hammond-Srsan was outstanding in relief for the Cards shutting out the Rangers over four innings while surrendering three hits.