The Rookie Ball Hamilton Cardinals had a strong run-up to the semi-finals of the West Mountain Classic but fell short in the semi finals against a much improved Burlington Bulls club.
The Cardinals completed the tournament with a record of three losses and two wins: They defeated the Mississauga Tigers, 17-0; fell to Waterloo, 20-10; lost 7-6 to Wyoming (near Sarnia); beat the Mississauga Bengals, 10-1; and lost to the Bulls, 10-3.
Leading the way from the plate for Hamilton was Carson Johnson. He was 8-for-15 with two doubles, two triples, and two home runs. Justin DeZoete was also 8-for-15 with a double, two triples, and a home run. Matthew Underwood, the clean up man, was 8-for-15 with a double, triple and scored three runs. Another 8-for-15 was Joel Palmer, who scored three runs as the leadoff batter. Dylan Clement added a 6-for-13 effort with a double and run scored.
On the defensive side of things, DeZoete was stellar in left centre field. He made several catches, got the ball in quickly to hold runners, and made the defensive play of the tourney when he threw out a runner at first base from left-centre field.
Dawson Matsell was air tight at first base using his height and reach to his advantage and not making an error all weekend. Dylan Wardell made several heads up plays as the pitcher, resulting in many outs. Joel Palmer was solid at second, turning a beautiful double play when he fielded a hard hit ground ball, tagged the runner coming from first, and then fired a strike to first base.