BARRIE – Five Hamilton errors in the first three innings proved costly as the Baycats defeated the Cardinals 9-0 in a rain shortened Intercounty Baseball League game in Barrie on Thursday night (May 23). The Baycats were led by Jon Waltenbury, Jason Coker and Matt Proctor who each had two RBIs in the game.
Three of Hamilton’s miscues came in the first inning and led to four unearned Barrie runs. Jeff Cowan hit a two out single and then the Cardinals defense committed two straight errors which allowed Cowan to score the opening, and eventual, winning run. Kevin Atkinson then drew a walk to load the bases and Coker reached base on the Cardinals’ third error of the inning, sending Waltenbury home. Proctor singled to plate two more runs and give the Baycats a 4-0 lead.
Barrie added another run in the second on Kyle DeGrace’s solo home run, two on Coker’s two-run home run in the third, and two from Waltenbury’s home run in the fourth.
Winning pitcher Chris Kemlo surrendered four singles to Mike Gottschalk, Zack Ranta, Kyle Gappa and Dan Hickling. Kemlo went four innings, allowing four hits, walking one, hitting one batter and striking out five for his second win of the season.
For the Cardinals, Brett van Pelt took the loss going five innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits, walking two and hitting one batter.
Hamilton continues its four-games in four days with a trip to London on Friday night (May 24) when they will face the Majors. In the last meeting between the teams, the Cardinals scored eight times in the top of the ninth before losing in an extra inning.