Cards sweep Baycats in twin-bill

ibl_cardinals_featuredThe Hamilton Cardinals made the most of their doubleheader with the visiting Barrie Baycats, winning 12-9 and 4-2 in two of four games played in the Intercounty Baseball League on a wet Sunday afternoon (June 2).

The start time of game one of the doubleheader was pushed back from 2 p.m. to 3:21 p.m. to accommodate for poor weather conditions.

The Cardinals broke open an 8-8 tie with two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings en route to the 12-9 win.

Ryan Van Spronsen was the winner for the Cardinals, allowing 13 hits and nine earned runs with one walk and one strikeout over six innings. Kyle Adoranti pitched a scoreless seventh inning to finish up, giving up just one hit.

Andris Rizquez had three hits, three RBI and a run scored in the win, while Anthony Rizquez had a pair of hits and three runs scored. Kyle Gappa had a three hit afternoon, including a solo home run, while Dan Jagdeo had a three run homer with two runs scored. Zack Sardellitti and Jake Chiaravalle each singled, drove in two, and scored one and two runs, respectively. Zack Ranta rounded out the offence with a single and a run scored.

Reliever Andrew Gangadeen took the loss for Barrie, allowing six hits and four runs – three earned – with three strikeouts over 2 2/3 innings pitched.

Despite losing the game the Baycats managed to outhit their opponents 14-12, which included every player registering at least one hit. Jeff Cowan went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Ryan Spataro had a pair of hits, three RBI and a run scored. Jon Waltenbury had two hits, two RBI and a run scored, and Garrett Ferguson had a pair of doubles and a run scored. Kyle DeGrace doubled, drove in a run and scored, while Brendan Keys singled and added an RBI and a run. Ryan Asis singled and drove in a run, while Jason Coker and Kevin Atkinson each singled with Atkinson adding a run scored.

Cardinals rebound in Game Two

In game two of the doubleheader, the Cardinals erased a 2-1 deficit with two runs in the bottom of the second inning and never relinquished that lead, adding an insurance run in the bottom of the third to hold out for the 4-2 win.

Matt Martinow earned his first win of the season for the Cardinals, pitching a complete game seven innings, allowing just two runs – one earned – with two walks and three strikeouts.

Similar to game one, the Cardinals managed to pull out the win despite being out-hit by their opponent, this time 7-6. Kyle Gappa doubled and drove in a run, while Andris Rizquez and Ranta each doubled and scored for the Cardinals for three of the clubs six hits. Sardellitti and Anthony Rizquez both singled and scored, and Matt Gottschalk chipped in with a single. Jagdeo and Jake Chiaravalle both added an RBI in the win.

Starter Ryan Dillabough took the loss for Barrie (4-6), allowing six hits and four runs – three earned – with one walk and two strikeouts over five innings pitched. Jake Hines pitched a scoreless sixth inning to finish up, allowing just one hit.

Kevin Atkinson was the lone player in the game to register a multi-hit game with two singles, while Ryan Asis singled, scored a run and picked up Barrie’s only RBI. Brendan Keys, Brandon Dhue, Kyle DeGrace and Ryan Spataro each added singles in the loss.

After beginning the year 1-6, the Cardinals (4-7) have now won three of their last four games and trail Barrie and the Toronto Maple Leafs by just a half game in the IBL standings.

The two teams will meet once again, this time in Barrie, on Tuesday night (June 7).