Jon Saporsantos had a single and two doubles with three runs-batted-in as he led the Hamilton Cardinals to an 8-3 win over the Guelph Royals at Bernie Arbour Stadium. The senior Intercounty Baseball League win gives Hamilton a 1-2 record while Guelph falls to 0-4.
Hamilton struck first in the bottom of the second when Colin Porter singled with two outs and was awarded second base on a balk. After Saporsantos singled to put runners on the corners, Porter raced home on a passed ball.
That 1-0 score stayed until the sixth inning when the Cards extended their lead after sending 10 batters to the plate to produce four runs. Mike Gottschalk opened with a walk, Zack Ranta, Dan Jagdeo (3-for-4) and Dre Celestijn all singled with runs scoring on Jagdeo and Celestijn’s hits. Saporsantos (3-for-4) added a run-scoring double to make it 5-0.
In the seventh, Hamilton cemented the victory. Ranta walked to open the inning and advanced to third on Jagdeo’s safety. Kyle Gappa followed with a singled to cash in Ranta. Both Jagdeo and Gappa were plated on Saporsantos’ second double of the game for an 8-0 lead.
Guelph got on the board in the top of the eighth after Dan Treccia and Josh Garton each singled with one out and Sean Reilly reached base on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. Justin Interisano draw a walk to break up the Cards shutout bid.
Taylor Castrillo also reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Garton. Greg Young then hit a two-out single to bring in Reilly and close out the game’s scoring.
For the Cardinals, Ryan Van Spronsen started the game going five innings, allowing three hits, a walk, hitting one batter and striking out five for the victory. Nino Fasulo and Kyle Adoranti combined to pitch the sixth and seventh innings striking out one batter. Justin Volpato entered the game for Hamilton in the eighth and allowed three earned runs on three hits, walking one and striking out one. John Solazzo finished the game allowing a walk and striking out three.
For Guelph, Bryan Boudreau took the loss. He allowed five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits, walking two and striking out two. Scott Price and Jonathan Palumbo each pitched two-thirds of an inning, combining to allow three earned runs, all charged to Palumbo, on four hits, walking three and striking out one. Jeff Robertson pitched the final inning and two-thirds allowing a hit and hitting one batter.
Ryan Taylor was 1-for-2 for Hamilton.
The Cardinals will play the next three games on the road starting on Thursday night in Barrie against the Baycats. The next home game will be next Sunday at 2 p.m. when the Brantford Red Sox visit.