Hamilton’s Dre Celestijn hit his first career Intercounty Baseball League home run but the Cardinals fell, 6-3, to the Majors in London on Friday (May 24). The loss drops the Cardinals record to 1-4 while the Majors go to 4-2 on the season.
Celestijn got his round-tripper in the seventh inning as the Cards were trying to overcome a 6-1 deficit. His bases-empty homer came with two out and ended Hamilton’s offence for the inning.
London’s offence went to work in the first inning when lead-off batter Parris Austin doubled and scored on Ryan LaPensee’s one-out single to give London an early 1-0 lead.
The Cardinals knotted the game in the third inning after Jon Saporsantos drew a lead-off walk and raced to third on Zack Sardellitti’s double. Saporsantos scored on Andris Rizquez’s fielder’s choice. London regained the lead in their half of the inning as Austin singled, stole second, and scored on Paul Young’s single for a 2-1 lead.
London added three more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to take a 6-1 lead.
Celestijn pulled Hamilton a little closer, In the eighth, Saporsantos walked to open the inning and moved to third when Anthony Rizquez reached base on an error. Andris Rizquez then singled to bring in Saporsantos to cut London’s lead to 6-3, but that was as closes as it would get.
For the Cardinals, Matt Martinow went five and a third innings, allowing six runs, four of which were earned, on 12 hits, walking one and striking out five in the loss. Justin Volpato and John Solazzo combined for the final two and two-thirds innings, allowing just three hits.
For London, Jordan Townsend got the win going seven innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits, walking one and striking out nine. Corey Hammond earned the save over two innings, allowing an unearned run on one hit, walking two and striking out one.
Hamilton hopes to end a two-game losing streak when the Cards play their third game in three days on Saturday (May 25) when they head to Guelph to face the Royals. Hamilton next home game will be next Sunday (June 2) at 2 p.m. when the Cardinals host the Brantford Red Sox at Bernie Arbour Stadium.