Mosquito’s come close but Royals survive

The Hamilton Cardinals Major Mosquito AAAs lost a battle of the bats on Wednesday (June 27) on the road, falling short in a 10-9 Central Ontario Baseball Association game against the Brampton Royals.

Ryan Stepien racked up four runs-batted-in on two hits for the Cardinals. He tripled in the third inning and doubled in the sixth. Brampton’s Brayden Guy, Lorenzo Oppedisano and T.J. Schofield combined for five hits and seven RBI.

The Royals took the lead in the first, scoring five runs on an RBI double by Oppedisano, a two-run single by Schofield, and two steals of home.

Four runs in the top of the third helped Hamilton close the deficit to 5-4. A three-run triple by Stepien and a run-scoring groundout by Jack Iannuzzi put Hamilton back into the contest.

The Royals increased the lead with two runs in their half of the third. Schofield kicked things off with a double, scoring Matthew Penney. That was followed up by Dylan White’s double, plating Schofield.

Brampton tacked on another three runs in the fifth when Schofield doubled, scoring CJ Maury and Andrew Haynes. That was followed up by Guy’s double, scoring Schofield.

The Hamilton Cardinals scored five runs in the top of the sixth to cut the deficit to one. An RBI single by Joshua Palmer, a fielder’s choice, an RBI double by Stepien, and a two-run double by McKelvey fueled the Cardinals’ comeback until a ground out ended the ballgame.