London gives Hamilton a Major headache

ibl logoThe London Majors scored nine unanswered runs in the final six innings as they defeated the Hamilton Cardinals, 10-3, in senior Intercounty Baseball League play on Saturday (June 8).

The two teams combined for 24 hits (15-9 in favour of London), including six home runs. The loss drops the Cardinals record to 4-8 on the season, a half game out of fifth place, while the Majors go to 9-4 on the year and are three games out of first place.

Hamilton got on the board first as Dre Celestijn (2-for-5) hit a one out triple in the top of the first and scored on Zack Ranta’s sacrifice fly to left field. London tied the game in the bottom of the first after Paul Young scored when Adwin Springer grounded out.

Hamilton regained the lead on the second pitch of the second inning when Jon Saporsantos (2-for-four) hit a leadoff home run followed by John Solazzo’s dinger for a 3-1 lead.

London responded with its nine unanswered scores, including solo home runs from Paul LaMantia, Larry Balkwill and Springer while Young had a two-run shot in the sixth.

For Hamilton, Benson Merritt started the game and took the loss going three and a third innings, allowing five runs – four were earned – on six hits, walking four and striking out two. Justin Volpato relived Merritt in the fourth getting the two batters he faced to fly out. Matt Martinow pitched the final four innings allowing five earned runs on nine hits and striking out one.

London starter Jacob Raffaele got the win allowing three earned runs on six hits, walking one, hitting two batters and striking out three. Dylan Brooks and Rory Young pitched the final three innings, combining to allow three hits and striking out five.

Hamilton’s next game is Sunday (June 9) when the Cardinals travel to Christie Pits to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at 2 p.m. With a win over Toronto, Hamilton will jump ahead of them for fifth place.