Hamilton won its sixth game of the season as the Cardinals defeated Guelph, 11-10, in a senior Intercounty Baseball League game on Father’s Day.
The Royals came from behind in the ninth to take the lead but the Cardinals charged back in their half of the frame with three runs to get the win. Hamilton ups its record to 6-10 on the season and sits in sixth place, a half game behind Toronto. With the loss, the Royals fall to last place in the IBL with a 3-12 record.
Guelph opened the scoring in the top of the first when Dan Treccia hit a two-out, two-run home run. Hamilton responded in the third as Andris Rizquez hit a one out triple and then scored on Dan Jadgdeo’s sacrifice fly to centre field. In the fourth, Kyle Gappa led off with a solo home run to tie the game 2-2.
In the fifth, the Cardinals sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring five times. Mike Gottschalk led off with a four-pitch walk and then scored on Andris Rizquez’ two-run home run. Dre Celestijn then reached base on an error and moved to third on Jagdeo’s single. Zack Ranta connected with a sacrifice fly to plate Andris. Jon Saporsantos contributed a run scoring double doubled to score a run. Zack Sardellitti advanced Saporsantos with his safety and Anthony Rizquez scored him with his single to give Hamilton a 7-2 lead.
The Royals got one run back in the sixth after Anthony Quintanna and Justin Interisano each walked to open the inning. Treccia singled to score Quintanna.
Hamilton regained its five-run lead in the bottom of the seventh as Sardellitti hit his first career IBL home run, a solo shot.
Guelph then made the game interesting as they took the lead in the top of the ninth scoring seven runs on four hits. Turner Spears got on board with a one out single followed by walks to Marc Sgrignoli and Greg Young to load the bases.
Chaz Pal followed up with an RBI single. Interisano walked with two outs to score the second Royal run of the inning. Two more runs came in on Treccia’s single that was followed by Taylor Castrillo loading the bases when he was hit by a pitch. Bruce Yari belted a double to score three and gave the Royals a 10-8 lead.
However, the Cardinals didn’t give up. Sardellitti reached base with one out on an error as the Royals’ centre fielder Treccia dropped a fly ball. Anthony Rizquez, Gottschalk and Andris Rizquez each walked with Sardellitti scoring on Andris Rizquez’ free pass. Celestijn then hit a single to bring in two runs and give the Cardinals the victory.
For Hamilton, reliever Benson Merritt got the win going a third of an inning allowing two earned runs on two hits and hitting one batter. Brett van Pelt started the game, giving up two earned runs on four hits, walking two and striking out two. Ryan Van Spronsen replaced van Pelt to start the sixth inning and went three innings allowing one earned run on one hit, walking three and striking out one. Kyle Adoranti started the ninth for the Cardinals and went two-thirds of an inning allowing seven earned runs on three hits, walking three and striking out one.
For the Royals, Ryan Greco started the game, going four innings allowing four earned runs on four hits, walking three and striking out one. Jonathan Palumbo took over for Greco going four and a third innings allowing four runs, one of which was earned, on six hits, three walks and striking out four. Bryce MacDonald took over for Palumbo in the ninth and allowed three earned runs and walking three without retiring a batter for the loss. Brendan Sorchetti would face Celestijn and give up the game winning hit.
Hamilton’s next game is Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Brantford as the Cardinals face the league leading Red Sox.