Hamilton overcame a 10-run deficit and scored a 14-12 victory against the visiting Kitchener Panthers in Intercounty Baseball League action on Sunday (June 24) at Bernie Arbour Stadium.
Dan Jagdeo got the comeback under way in the third inning with a three-run home run to right centre field that would lead to Hamilton’s fifth victory of the year and stop a losing streak at seven games.
Kitchener opened the scoring in the second inning when Ben Kangas doubled to lead off the inning and was followed by singles from Darnell Duckett, Mike Winter and Mike Andrulis to score two runs. Luke Baker’s walked loaded the bases and Mike Glinka’s single plated. The inning’s final run came in when Mat Taube hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0.
The Panthers increased their lead in the third after sending 11 batters to the plate. Kangas once again got on base to start the inning, this time with a single and he scored on Winter’s single. Andrulis joined Winter on base after reaching on an error. The bases were loaded after Baker reached on a fielder’s choice, setting up Glinka’s two-run single to make it 7-0. Three more runs before the Cards got out of the inning gave Kitchener a 10-0 lead.
Hamilton got on the board in the bottom of the third. Nathan Smith reached base with a single and moved to second when Matt McGraw drew a two-out walk. That brought Jagdeo to the plate and he took the first offering for a three-run homer.
The Cardinals continued the comeback in the fourth as they had a bat around inning of their own. Colin Porter and Anthony Rizquez opened the inning with singles before Porter was called out at third on Steve Martinow’s fielder’s choice. Smith and Ryan Taylor each singled in a run while McGraw doubled to score the fifth run of the inning making it a 10-8 game.
Hamilton took the lead in the fifth as Smith and Taylor drew one out walks. McGraw reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. Jagdeo and Ranta would each walk forcing two more runs across home plate to tie the game.
Chris Piano singled to bring in McGraw. Jagdeo also came home on Piano’s hit but was assisted by an error by the Panther’s catcher. Ranta scored the eventual game winning run on a wild pitch and Piano crossed the plate on Porter’s RBI single.
Kitchener added single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to make the final 14-12.
For Hamilton, Tim Black started the game and went two and a third innings allowing 10 runs – five of which were earned – on 10 hits, two walks, and three strike outs. Taylor Boyle got the win in relief of Black going five innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, two walks and striking out one. Nino Fasulo earned the save pitching the final inning and two-thirds allowing one earned run on two hits, a single walk and two strikeouts.
For Kitchener, David Hucsko went three and two-thirds allowing eight runs, all earned, on 10 hits, walking four batters and striking out one. Mike Vickers took the loss going two-thirds of an inning allowing five runs; three were earned, on five walks and a strikeout. Ryan Schwenn pitched the final three and two-thirds innings allowing one unearned run on four hits and striking out three.
The Cardinals will look to make it two wins in a row as they when they travel to London on Tuesday (June 26) to face the Majors at Labatt Park starting at 7:30 p.m.