Cards fall to defending champion Red Sox

ibl_cardinals_logoHamilton Cardinals opened the 2013 Intercounty Baseball League season in Brantford against the defending champion Red Sox on Saturday (May 11), falling 3-1.

Zack Ranta led the Cardinals going two-for-three at the plate with one run-batted-in. Defensively, the Cardinals turned two double plays in the game.

Hamilton opened the scoring in the fourth inning as Jonathan Brouse led off with a single, stole second base, and advanced to third when Michael Gottschalk reached base on an error by third baseman Hyung Cho. Ranta then singled to plate Brouse.

Brantford tied the game in the fourth after Josh McCurdy had a lead-off double and scored on Cho’s single. The Red Sox took the lead in the fifth when Joe Calamanco scored on Tyler Burnell’s RBI double. McCurdy provided Brantford’s final run with a single that brought in Burnell.

Hamilton looked to cut into the Red Sox lead in the eighth as Ryan Taylor opened the inning with a walk and moved to second on Brouse’s ground out. After Ranta drew a walk, Dan Jagdeo singled but Taylor was thrown out at home trying to score on the hit.

Hamilton starting pitcher Ryan Van Spronsen went three and two-thirds innings allowing an earned run on two hits and walking three in the no decision. Nino Fasulo was charged with the loss in relief of Van Spronsen. He went an inning and a third and allowed two earned runs on four hits. Matt Martinow and Brett van Pelt combined to pitch the final three innings for Hamilton allowing one hit, walking two and striking out two.

For Brantford, John Mariotti got the win, going five innings while allowing an earned run on two hits and striking out nine batters. Jamie Richmond, Brad Hogeterp, Adam Arnold and Stefan Strecker each pitched an inning to combine to allow four hits, three walks and striking out four. Strecker got the save for the Red Sox.

The Cardinals home opener scheduled for Sunday (May 12) against the Barrie Baycats has been postponed because of unsafe field conditions. Hamilton’s next game is in London on Friday (May 17) against the Majors starting at 7:30 p.m.

The first game at Bernie Arbour will take place on Sunday, May 19 when the Guelph Royals visit for a 2 p.m. meeting.

Tickets for all Hamilton Cardinals home games are available at the Bernie Arbour Stadium Box Office on game day. For more information on Cardinals season passes email or visit the team’s website at

The Cardinals-Red Sox game was one of four IBL affairs on Saturday.

In other action, Paul Borjas scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the 10th inning, giving the Toronto Maple Leafs a wild 4-3 win over the hometown Guelph Royals.

Toronto improves to 2-0 with the win as the Royals lost their first game of the season. Toronto out-hit the Royals 11-3.

In Barrie, the Baycats rallied for three runs on four hits and a key error in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally past the Kitchener Panthers, 6-4.

The Baycats survived making three errors of their own to improve to 1-1 on the season while the Panthers lost their season debut despite rallying from an early 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning.

In Burlington, Paul Saville drove in the winning run with a double to cap a three-run ninth inning rally, leading the host Bandits to a thrilling 12-11 win over the Majors.

The Bandits scored three runs with one out in the ninth to steal the win from the Majors (0-2) in their first game of the season. Burlington trailed 10-4 after four innings but stormed back much to the delight of their hometown crowd.