Kitchener sent 12 batters to the plate in the sixth inning and score eight times as the Panthers handed Hamilton its sixth straight loss, 15-7, in senior Intercounty Baseball League play. The Cardinals sit in last place with a 5-21 record, 4 1/2 games behind the eighth place Burlington Twins.
The Panthers got on the board first as the Cardinals committed two errors in the opening inning. Mat Taube got the first of 20 Kitchener hits of the game, a triple to score Luke Baker and Jeff Piettraszko. Kitchener added to its lead with single runs in the second and third innings.
The Cardinals got back into the game in the bottom of the third as Nathan Smith, Chris Redfern and Jon Saporsantos each hit one-out singles with Smith crossing the plate on Saporsantos’ hit. Redfern scored when Zack Ranta grounded out to make it 4-2 for the Panthers.
After no scoring in the fourth and fifth innings for either team, Kitchener broke the game open with the eight-run blitz.
Hamilton responded in the bottom half of the sixth. Ranta reached base after being hit by a pitch and moved to third on Chris Piano’s single. Andrew Jacinto singled in Ranta and Piano scored on an error. Ryan Taylor singled in Jacinto to make it 12-5.
Kitchener got those runs right back in the seventh as they had five consecutive singles which saw three runs score. The Cardinals picked up two runs in the bottom of the ninth.
In three meetings this season, the teams have combined for 72 runs.
For Hamilton, Tim Black started and took the loss going five and a third innings allowing nine runs, seven were earned, on 12 hits, walking one batter and striking out four. Johnathan Solazzo relieved Black in the top of the sixth and went one and two-thirds innings allowing six earned runs on seven hits, walking one batter, hitting another and throwing two wild pitches. Neal Lambert pitched the final two innings allowing a hit and a walk over eight batters faced.
Adam Echlin earned the win for the Panthers going six innings allowing five runs, three were earned, on eight hits, walking one batter, hitting another and striking out three.
Hamilton heads to Barrie to take on the Baycats on Saturday (July 7). The team returns home on Sunday (July 8) to face the league-leading Brantford Red Sox on Pink Ladies Day. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to Breast Cancer Support Services. Game time is 2 p.m.