Cards on verge of missing playoffs

Connor Smith pitched a complete game for Burlington and the Hamilton Cardinals committed eight errors as the host Twins dropped the Cardinals 11-3 on Saturday (July 14) in the Intercounty Baseball League.
Smith (4-2) gave up just three earned runs on nine hits while issuing two walks and one strikeout to pick up the win for the Twins (11-18).
Burlington pounded out 10 hits on the afternoon, with Branson Joseph picking up three of those hits, which included a pair of singles and a home run, finishing with two runs scored and an RBI. Kyle Morton also homered and added a double, registering four RBI and two runs scored. Darryl Pui had a pair of doubles and two RBI with a run scored, while Ryan Asis added an RBI double. Jeff Kosta singled, scored a run and drove in a run while Peter Bako singled and scored a run. Greg Densem came in to score twice, while Jamie Lekas and Connor Panas each scored once.
Tim Black took the loss for the Cardinals (5-25), starting and allowing seven runs – three earned – on eight hits with four walks and two strikeouts over the first five innings. Either one more Burlington win or a Cardinals loss will mathematically eliminate Hamilton from post-season contention. The two teams meet again Sunday.
Dan Jagdeo singled and homered for the Cardinals, finishing with three RBI and a run scored. Chris Redfern had two hits and a run scored while Zack Ranta and Chris Piano each had a pair of hits. Andrew Jacinto with a hit and Matt McGraw with a run scored rounded out the Hamilton offence.