Perfect holiday weekend for Major Bantam Cardinals

The 2012 Major Bantam Cardinals (Photo: Scott McLeod)

Hamilton Cardinals put in a capital effort in Ottawa on the holiday weekend.

The Major Bantams went through the Ottawa Royals Canada Day Tournament undefeated in four games to claim the championship.

Hamilton blanked Laval, 4-0, in the Cards opening game and then edged Lac St. Lou9is, 3-1. In the semi-finals Hamilton emerged 8-2 victors over the Royals 1 and handily took the title with a 17-2 shellacking of the Ottawa Royals 2.

The opening game was all about great defense and excellent pitching, including starter Ken Coleman’s four innings of shutout ball. Noah Skirrow closed out the last three scoreless innings.

Hamilton trailed 1-0 going into the 5th inning of the second game but the Cards rallied for three runs. Great pitching performances by Jordan McNeil and Justin Proctor. Pitching and defense was the key to victory again.

Hamilton was given a bye to the semi-finals and wasted little time in getting started. The Cards got on the board with single runs in the first and second innings. The Royals tied the game in the third with two runs. Hamilton took back the lead in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good and added two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings. McNeil shut Ottawa down for the final four innings.

In the final, Colin Harold started the game and gave the Cardinals solid pitching for the first three innings. With the bases loaded in the first inning, Harold shut the Royals down with no runs to get out of the inning unscathed.

Hamilton’s bats came alive in their half of the first inning, getting 10 runs and highlighted by a solo home run by Proctor and a three-run homer by Joseph McLeod. Ken Coleman closed out the game with two shutout innings.