The Hamilton Cardinals snapped a four-game losing skid with an 11-8 win over the Burlington Bandits at Nelson Park in one of three games played in the Intercounty Baseball League on Thursday night (May 30).
The Cardinals jumped to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning and led 8-5 heading into the bottom of the seventh before the Bandits scored three runs to tie the game 8-8. The Cardinals responded quickly with three more runs in the eighth – enough to produce the win.
Nino Fasulo was the winning pitcher for the Cardinals (2-6), lasting two innings in relief and allowing three hits and two runs with three walks and four strikeouts. Jonathan Solazzo earned the save,
The Cardinals offence produced 13 hits on the night, led by Dre Celestijn with two hits, three runs scored and four RBI. Justin Malabanan had three hits and two RBI with a run scored while Jon Saporsantos and Dan Jagdeo each had two hits and two runs scored with Jagdeo adding an RBI. Kyle Gappa had two hits, a run scored and an RBI and Michael Gottschalk singled and drove in a run with Zack Ranta having the other RBI in the win.
Jason Pilkington suffered the loss for the Bandits (2-6), who are now in a three-way tie for a league-low record with the Cardinals and Royals. Pilkington threw 4 1/3 innings and allowed seven hits and five runs with two walks and three strikeouts.
Despite the loss, Burlington boasted 11 hits on the night, including two each from Jeff MacLeod and Daniel Peake, who both added a run scored and an RBI. Jeff Kosta drove in two runs, while Darryl Pui and Nick Studer had a pair of hits, with the latter adding two runs scored. Peter Bako and Levi Larmour added single hits and a run scored to round out the Burlington offence.
The Cards are back in action Friday (May 31) when Barrie visits Bernie Arbour Stadium for a 7:30 game. Burlington is back on the diamond on Saturday (June 1) when the London Majors visit Nelson Park for a 2 p.m. game.
In other games on Thursday, the Barrie Baycats blanked the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-0, and the Kitchener Panthers edged the Guelph Royals, 5-4.
An earlier version of this story indicated that the Hamilton Cardinals ended a six-game losing skid. This was incorrect, as the Cardinals had only lost their four previous games.