Peewee Cards fail to capitalize on good start

Losing two of three games eliminated the Hamilton Cardinals AAA Minor Pee Wees from a tournament in Brampton on the weekend.

Hamilton got off to a good start with a 9-8 win over the Ajax Spartans on Friday (July 6). The teams combined for 11 hits, including three extra base hits and traded runs for most of the contest, with eight lead changes in the game.

Hamilton pulled out the win thanks to a strong sixth inning. A three-run homerun by Ryan Magdic plated Ben Woodhouse and Ian Jordan to secure the win. George Tsiflikiotis would get the win in relief after pitching just one inning and allowing no earned runs.

Ajax jumped out to an 2-0 lead in the top of the first. The Ajax attack began with a single from Josh Anderson. A stolen base got Anderson to second and he scored on Cole Brown’s single. Hamilton answered Ajax’s top inning with three runs of its own in the bottom of the inning. Hamilton scored on a couple of errors, and an RBI single by Sean Pettener.

Hamilton got one-run rallies in the second and fifth innings. In the second inning, the Cardinals scored on a fielder’s choice, plating Josh Tee.

Game 2, on Saturday, saw the Cards fall 5-4 to the Brampton Royals.

Jordan was hot from the plate for Hamilton after going 1-for-2, driving in one run and scoring two. He singled in the first inning. The top of the opening inning saw the Cardinals take a 2-0 lead. A single by Jordan, scoring Sean Pettener started the inning off. Hamilton added another when Jordan scored on an RBI single by Tommy Thompson.

Hamilton added one run in the third inning, by a Thompson groundout bringing home Jordan and then followed it up with one more in the fourth.

The game’s last lead went to the Brampton Royals thanks to a third inning rally that pushed four runs cross the plate. George Tsiflikiotis would take the loss after relinquishing the lead in the third as the Cardinals could only muster three hits over five innings.

In the third and final game, Hamilton was eliminated when the Scarborough Stingers beat them, 11-4.

Hamilton was trailing 10-0 before being able to score a run. Hamilton committed six errors in the ball game and were only able to muster six hits off the Stingers.

For Hamilton Magdic had an RBI double and Connor Goodes managed to steal home and Pettener had a run-scoring single.