Cards let lead slip away

ibl logoDespite a four-run outburst in the third inning, the Hamilton Cardinals suffered their fourth straight loss when the Brantford Red Sox rebounded for a 10-4 senior Intercounty Baseball League victory on Sunday (May 26).

Dan Jagdeo’s first home run of the season, which produced half of the four runs, seemed to hold promise for the Cards who overcame a 2-0 deficit. But the Red Sox fought back with a pair of runs in the fourth, one in the fifth, four in the sixth, and one in the seventh.

The loss drops Hamilton into last place in the IBL with a 1-6 record while Brantford climbs into first with a 7-2 record.

Tyler Patzalek led the Red Sox going three-for-four at the plate while driving in two runs.

Brantford opened the scoring in the top of the third when Wayne Forman reached base on an error to lead off the inning and advanced to second on Josh McCurdy’s single. Both Forman and McCurdy scored on Scott Thorman’s two out single.

The Cardinals replied in the bottom of the third as Dre Celestijn reached first on an error and scored on Jagdeo’s homer. Zack Ranta was hit on the next pitch and advanced 90-feet on Kyle Gappa’s single. Jon Saporsantos loaded the bases with a single before Zack Sardellitti singled in Ranta and Gappa scored with the help of an error to lift Hamilton to a 4-2 lead.

The Red Sox tied the game in the fourth, scoring two unearned runs when Terrell Alliman came in on a throwing error and Patzalek singled in Stevie Lewis, before running away with the game.

For Hamilton, Benson Merritt took the loss going four and two-thirds innings on the mound, giving up five runs. Only one was earned on 10 hits. He walked one and struck out one. Reliever Dustin Godden went a third of an inning, allowing four runs, three were unearned, on one hit and walking two. Kyle Adoranti came into the game and threw one pitch to get an out before Justin Volpato entered the game for two and two-thirds innings allowing one earned run on three hits and striking out one. Nino Fasulo pitched the ninth for the Cardinals getting all three batters out on 11 pitches.

For Brantford, Chris Chavez started the game and went three innings without getting a decision. Chavez gave up four runs – two were earned – on six hits, walking one, hitting two batters and striking out three. Nathan Forer got the win going four innings of relief, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out two. Brad Hogeterp and Stefan Strecker each pitched an inning with Hogeterp striking out one batter and Strecker walking one.

Hamilton’s next game is in Burlington on Thursday (May 30) starting at 7 p.m., when they will face the Bandits before return home the following night to host the Barrie Baycats starting at 7:30.