If there was any question in the minds of the Hamilton Cardinals about Brantford’s qualifications to sit atop the senior Intercounty Baseball League they were quickly answered on Wednesday (July 4).
The Red Sox took an 18-0 lead after just five innings and crushed the Hamilton Cardinals, 18-5.
Brantford (21-3) won eight straight to start the season, lost three straight and now have 13 straight wins and a six-game lead over the London Majors in first place. The Red Sox pounded out 18 hits and held the Cardinals to just five, and just one run until the ninth inning.
Terrell Alliman led the assault with four hits, including a homer, three RBI and four runs scored, while Scott Thorman homered twice and had three hits, scored three times and drove in three more. Josh McCurdy, Tyler Patzalek and Hyung Cho all had two hits and two RBI, while Tyler Burnell and Kevin Hinton also both drove in two runs. Cho also homered for the Sox.
Hinton’s hit was the 764th of his remarkable IBL career. He needs just one more hit to tie London’s Arden Eddie for the most career hits in IBL history.
Chris Chavez was the starter and winner for Brantford. He went six innings and allowed two runs – one earned – on just one hit, striking out five and walking two.
Zach Pearson took the loss for Hamilton (5-19), as the Cards slipped further into the IBL basement. He lasted just two innings, allowing five runs on six hits. Taylor Boyle took the worst of the beating, allowing 13 runs – nine earned – on 10 hits in just three innings with two strikeouts and three walks.
Zack Ranta drove in two runs for the Cardinals.
Wednesday’s game was the start of a busy week for the Cards who will play five games in as many days. The team will look to close the gap between themselves and the Burlington Twins for the final playoff spot.
Hamilton next plays the Twins in Burlington on Thursday, starting at 7 p.m. This will make up the game that was rained out on Saturday, June 9. This season the teams have split the two games played between them with each winning at their respective parks.
The Cardinals return home on Friday night to host the Kitchener Panthers. This game was originally scheduled to be played back on June 1 but was cancelled due to poor field and weather conditions that day. So far this season the teams have split the two games played and have combined to score 50 runs. Game time on Friday is 7:30 p.m. at Bernie Arbour Stadium.
On Saturday, Hamilton heads to Barrie to face the fourth place Baycats starting at 7 p.m. The teams have not played each other since their first meeting back on May 20 when the Baycats defeated the Cardinals, 8-3.
Hamilton will close out the weekend on Sunday when they hold their sixth annual Pink Ladies Day game. Brantford will visit Bernie Arbour Stadium for the 2 p.m. tilt.
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and draws will go to help support the Breast Cancer Support Services.