The Hamilton Cardinals Minor Pee Wee 2 club was hot with the bats and equally hot with the gloves on the weekend, winning the Simcoe Minor Baseball Association tournament with a perfect 5-0 record. The Cards scored 56 runs while holding the opposition to just 11 during the three-day affair.
Hamilton opened the tournament with a convincing 13-2 decision over the Kitchener Panthers on Friday (July 27). Andrew Johnson started Game 1 and got the win. Jack Morin came in for relief. A nine-run third inning tamed the Panthers.
The next day, the North Toronto Expos were blanked 10-0 with starter Michael Wheaton picking up the pitching decision, with Colton Roberts finishing the game. Brock Hudecki went 2-for-4 with a run scored while Kamryn Bain and Roberts were 2-for-3.
The Milton Mets found out that the Cards hadn’t lost any offence in Hamilton’s third game when they poured 18 runs across the plate. Milton was held scoreless. In a game against their Central Ontario Baseball Association rival, Mitchell Snow pitched the complete four innings when the game was called on a mercy ruling. The Cards scored seven runs in each of the second and third innings for an early day.
Brock Hudecki and Morin each had 3-for-4 efforts at the plate and scored three times. Kyle Samson and Bain each went 2-for-3 and scored once. Tristan Osika was 1-for-1 and managed two walks while scoring twice. Mitchell Snow’s 3-for-3 showing allowed him to score twice.
With the shutout, Cardinals were able to finish first in preliminary play and earned a bye to the semi-finals where they dispatched the Mississauga North Bengals, 6-5, in a see-saw, come-from-behind affair. Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning but the Bengals scored two in the third and added another pair of runs in the fourth. Hamilton got one back in the fifth but the Bengals took that away with a run in the sixth. The Cards rallied in the sixth to score three and won the game with a walk-off single in the seventh.
The championship game was equally dramatic for the Cards who allowed the Brantford Rex Sox to jump to a 3-0 lead before rebounding for a 9-4 decision. Brantford scored three runs in the bottom of the third to put a scare into the Red Birds. However, Hamilton scored seven runs in the second to relieve the pressure. The Red Sox got one more in the third but Hamilton replied with one in the fourth and another in the seventh.