Iggy Villalobos’ fourth inning double scored the game winning run as the Panthers doubled up the Cardinals 8-4 in Intercounty Baseball League action in Kitchener on Thursday (July 19).
Villalobos would go three-for-five with an RBI while Mitch Delaney and Brian Burton each had a hit and two RBI in the win for the Panthers. For the Cardinals, Dan Jagdeo, Andrew Jacinto and Anthony Rizquez each went two-for-four as Hamilton lost for the 12th straight time.
Kitchener took the early as Luke Baker, who reached base on a fielder’s choice, and Mat Taube, who singled, both scored on Delaney’s two out single in the first inning.
Hamilton got back into the game in the second. Jagdeo led off the inning with a solo home run, his eighth of the season. Zack Ranta reached base on an error and moved to second and advanced to third on Jacinto’s groundout. Ryan Taylor doubled in Ranta to tie the game. Rizquez followed Taylor’s double with a single to score Taylor for a 3-2 Hamilton edge.
In the third, Taube drew a two-out walk and advanced to third when Delaney reached base on an error. Burton doubled to bring in Taube and Delaney to regain the lead at 4-3.
The Cardinals knotted the game in the fourth as Jacinto opened the inning with a double. He advanced to third on a wild pitch then scored on Taylor’s groundout to second base. However, the Panthers regained the lead as Darnell Duckett walked and then scored on Villalobos’ double.
Kitchener added to its lead in the sixth. Rick Murray singled to open the Panther’s half of the inning and he moved to second on Pete Molloy’s sacrifice bunt. Mike Andrulis singled to advance Murray to third before scoring when Duckett hit into a fielder’s choice.
The Panthers added two insurance runs in the seventh to seal up the victory.
For Hamilton, Tim Black started the game and took the loss going six innings allowing six runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits, two walks, and four strike outs. Benson Merritt replaced Black to start the seventh and lasted a third of an inning, facing only five batters. Merritt would allow two earned runs on a hit and three walks. Justin Volpato pitched the final inning and two-thirds allowing a hit and striking out one of the five batters he faced.
Adam Echlin earned his third win of the season for Kitchener going six innings allowing four runs – two earned – on eight hits, striking out 11 batters and throwing two wild pitches. Mike Vickers, Ryan Schwenn and Mike White would each pitch an inning allowing a total of three hits while striking out six.
Hamilton will finish off the road portion of the 2012 IBL schedule on Saturday night as they head to Barrie to play the fourth place Baycats. The Cardinals will return home on Sunday to host Barrie on Fan Appreciation Day. Sunday’s game will start at 7:30 p.m.
The team also announced that the game originally scheduled for Friday, July 13 against the Ottawa Fat Cats, which was rained out, has been rescheduled for Tuesday July 24 at Bernie Arbour Stadium at 7:30 p.m.