The Hamilton Cardinals erased an early two-run deficit to score a 6-2 win over the host Burlington Bandits in senior Intercounty Baseball League play on Thursday night (June 20).
The Cardinals (7-11) have won three of their last four games, and are now tied for fifth in the IBL standings with the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was the second straight loss for the Bandits, who fell to 3-12 on the year and have a half game lead over the Guelph Royals for seventh place.
The Bandits jumped to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, however, the Cardinals cut that lead to 2-1 in the top of the second, then scored two runs in the top of the fourth for a 3-2 lead. They added single runs in each of the sixth, seventh and ninth innings to cap off the victory.
Cardinals starter Tim Black was the winner, allowing seven hits and two earned runs with just three walks and an impressive 12 strikeouts over seven innings.
Jonathan Solazzo had three of the Cardinals nine hits on the night, with two singles and a double as well as a run scored. Kyle Gappa drove in a pair of runs, while Dre Celestijn went 1-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and three walks. Zack Sardellitti, Andris Rizquez and Dan Jagdeo each singled in the win, while Matt Gottschalk drove in a run and scored. Jon Saporsantos added a single and a run scored to round out the Hamilton attack.
Matthew St. Kitts started for the Bandits and suffered the loss, allowing five hits and four unearned runs with three walks and seven strikeouts over six innings pitched.
Peter Bako singled twice and added a double with one run scored and a run batted in, while Kyle Morton singled and doubled, and Ryan Clarke had a multi-hit game with a pair of singles and a run scored. Nick Studer singled and added an RBI, while Daniel Peake singled in the loss.
Hamilton’s next game is Friday night (June 21) when the Cardinals host the Kitchener Panthers (9-6) at Bernie Arbour Stadium starting at 7:30 p.m.