The Major Pee Wee Hamilton Cardinals were major when it counted and defeated the Mississauga Majors, winning the Central Ontario Baseball Association contest, 16-6, on Sunday (July 22) to complete a sweep of a home-and-home series. Hamilton won the first game on Friday, 14-4.
The Cards improved their record in league play to 4-10.
On Sunday, Michael Ssemanda started on the mound for the Cards and went two innings, giving up three runs – two earned – on three hits while striking out three. Matt Porkolab came on and pitched two innings, getting the win while holding the Majors to one hit while striking out two.
The rest of the game was pitched by committee, with Ben Zwolak pitching the fifth when he walked one and struck out one; Jacob Underwood pitched the sixth and gave up one earned run on a walk and a hit, and Nolan Gallo pitched the seventh giving up two runs, one earned, on one hit and four walks while striking out one batter.
The Cardinals offence was assisted by four Majors’ errors – two in the seven-run second inning. The Cards had three walks in the inning, including an 11-pitch at bat by Jacob Underwood. The highlight of the inning was a grand slam by Porkolab, who went 2-for-three, scoring three runs and driving in five.
Chris Pendlebury returned from vacation to go 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored; Jordan Robinson was 1-for-2 with an RBI; Underwood went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI; Ssemanda was 2-for-4, scored three times and had an RBI; Kole Bishop broke out of a slump with a triple over the right fielder’s head, going 1-for-2 scoring a run and driving in a pair; David Candy scored a run and drove in two; Dawson McLaughlin went 1-for-2, scoring a run and driving in two with a two-run homer down the right field line; and Darien Kielb scored a run and drove in a run.