Peewee Cards start strong, but lose momentum at Kent State


Dawson McLaughlin battles in Game 3 against. the Stingers. (Photo: Tricia McLaughlin)

On the July 7-8 weekend, the Major Pee Wee Hamilton Cardinals travelled to Akron, Ohio to play in the Summer Slugfest tournament at the campus of Kent State University. Unfortunately for the Cards, most of the slugging was done by their opponents who left them with a 1-3 record.

In the first game, the Cardinals played Westlake Demons and won, 10-5. Starting pitcher Ty Whalen went two innings, striking out three to shut out the Demons. Reliever Jacob Underwood pitched the third and fourth innings to get the win. He gave up two hits and two runs while striking out two. David Candy pitched the fifth and sixth frames, giving up three earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three.

Matt Porkolab mopped up in the seventh, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Dawson McLaughlin and Whalen led the offence, both going 2-for-3 each. McLaughlin drove in two runs and Whalen had 3 RBI. Offence came throughout the order with a run or RBI being recorded by every batter in the lineup. Darien Kielb had the only extra base hit, a double.

In their second game, the Cards met the West Branch Braves and lost, 4-2. Kole Bishop-Polmateer started and went two innings, striking out two and allowing one earned run on three hits. Porkolab pitched the next two innings, giving up an earned run on two hits, striking out three. Michael Ssemanda took the loss, pitching the fifth inning, giving up two earned runs on three hits and striking out one. McLaughlin pitched the sixth, yielding one hit. Chris Pendlebury recorded two RBI driving in Kielb and Noah Britt.

In the third game, the Cardinals played the 5B Stinger but never got on track, losing 9-1. Starter Pendlebury took the loss, giving up five runs on three hits and three walks while striking out three. Britt came on in relief giving up one run on one hit and a walk in one inning, McLaughlin pitched the fourth, giving up three runs on two hits and two walk and striking out one. Ssemanda pitched the fifth giving up one hit and striking out two.

Britt went 2-for-2 at the plate with the lone RBI. Ssemanda was 1-for-2 and Nolan Gallo recorded the other hit for the Cardinals.

In the semi-final game, the Cards took on the Westbranch Braves and gave up 14 runs and lost 15-8. Bishop-Polmateer got the start and was unable to record an out, giving up six runs on five hits and a walk. Reliever Underwood recorded the first two outs but was unable to close out the inning giving up seven runs – two earned – on five hits and a walk. Ty Whalen recorded the final out and went the distance for the rest of the game, pitching 3 1/3, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out one. Underwood went 2-for-2 at the plate with two ribbies. Whalen also drove in two runs. The other two RBI were recorded by Jordan Robinson and Porkolab.

Candy went 1-for-2, scoring two runs. Kielb was also 1-for-1 and scored two runs.