TORONTO – Fifteen hits produced more than enough runs for the Toronto Maple Leafs who plucked Hamilton 15-2 as the Cardinals dropped their third straight senior Intercounty Baseball League game Sunday (June 9).
John Waltenbury led the Maple Leafs going four-for-four, including a two-run home run.
The loss puts the Cardinals (4-10) 6 1/2 games out of first place along with Guelph (3-9) and Burlington (2-8). With the win, Toronto leads the Cardinals by a game and a half for fifth place. Hamilton could muster only four hits in the game.
The Maple Leafs opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Glenn Jackson, who singled to open the inning, scored on recently acquired Waltenbury’s single. In the second, Damon Topolie and Rob Gillis each hit one-out singles and were joined on base by Sean Mattson, who reached on an error. Jackson then doubled in Topolie and Gillis and Dan Marra’s base hit brought in Jackson. Raul Borjas had a sacrifice fly to make the score 5-0 in favour of Toronto after two innings.
Toronto kept their foot on the gas scoring three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth before the Cardinals would get on the board. Kyle Gappa, who’s eight game hitting streak came to an end on Saturday, reached base on an error and moved to second when Mike Gottschalk was hit by a pitch. Gappa scored on Zack Sardellitti’s double to break up the shutout. Gottschalk also scored on Anthony Rizquez’ sacrifice fly to centre field.
The Maple Leafs added three more runs in the bottom of the seventh and twice in the eighth, including Waltenbury’s two-run home blast.
For Hamilton, Ryan Van Spronsen was tagged with the loss going three and a third innings. He allowed seven runs, four were earned, on seven hits, walking four and striking out one. Reliever Brett van Pelt r went two and two-thirds innings allowing three runs, one of which was unearned, on three hits, walking two and striking out one. Dustin Godden pitched the seventh and allowed three runs, on two hits while walking two. Kyle Adoranti pitched the final inning for the Cardinals giving up two runs on three hits.
For the Maple Leafs, Rick Brooks got the start and went five innings allowing two hits, three walks, a hit batter and striking out three for the win. Cam Grey took over to start the sixth and got all three batters he faced out. Scott Kelly would allow two unearned runs in the seventh on one hit. Drew Taylor and Justin Cicatello pitched the eighth and ninth innings respectively and combined to give up a hit, a walk and striking out two.
Hamilton’s next game is Thursday (June 13)at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to Kitchener to face the Panthers for the first time this season. The Cardinals will return home the next night to host the Maple Leafs at Bernie Arbour Stadium at 7:30.