There’s a reason the Brantford Red Sox lead the Intercounty Baseball League: Going into yesterday’s (June 23) game against the host Hamilton Cardinals, it was Brantford 19-4 record; coming out of the senior baseball encounter it was Brantford’s 20-4 record.
The Red Sox used an 8-3 decision to improve their IBL status and maintain mastery over the Cardinal for the second time this season on Hamilton’s home turf.
Brantford got on the board in the first as Hyung Cho hit a one out solo home run for an early 1-0 lead. Ryan Van Spronsen, the Cardinals starter, would get the other three to strike out swinging to end the inning.
In the third, Brantford added to its lead when Tyler Burnell singled and scored on Josh McCurdy’s triple. McCurdy crossed the plate on Cho’s single to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead. Brantford got another run in the fourth as Wayne Forman, who doubled, scored on Burnell’s triple for a four run lead.
Hamilton got on the board and cut into the Brantford lead in the fourth. Zack Ranta led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on Jon Saporsantos’ single. Zack Sardellitti reached base on a fielder’s choice and put runners on the corners. Mike Gottschalk was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Chris Piano who singled to score Zack Ranta and Sardellitti to make it 4-2.
The Red Sox would regain their four run lead in the fifth. Scott Thorman got the first run of the inning with a one out solo home run. Lee Delfino followed that up with a double and scored on Terrell Alliman’s single. In the sixth Forman reached base and advanced all the way to third on two errors by the Cardinals. Tyler Moe would then score Forman on a double.
In the bottom of the seventh, lead off batter Nick Ranta was by a pitch and moved to second when Andris Rizquez walked. Kyle Gappa hit a two-out single to score Nick Ranta and cut the Brantford lead to 7-3. The Red Sox got that run back in the top of the eighth as Forman scored on Cho’s single.
The Cardinals ninth inning rally fell short after Chris Beer, Zack Ranta and Kyle Gappa hit back-to-back-to-back singles with Beer scoring on Gappa’s hit. Pinch hitter Dre Celestijn singled to plate Zack Ranta. However, that was as close as then Cards would get
For Hamilton, starter Ryan Van Spronsen went five innings, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits and striking out five in the loss. Brett van Pelt relieved Van Spronsen to start the sixth going three innings allowing two runs, one of which was unearned, on six hits and striking out three. Benson Merritt pitched the final inning allowing a walk to one of the four batters he faced.
For Brantford, Nathan Forer earned the win going six innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits, walking one, hitting one batter and striking out five. Tom Boleska took over for Forer to start the seventh and went two innings allowing one earned run on one hit, walking two, hitting one batter and striking out two. Robert Ramsdale came in to start the ninth and went two-thirds an inning allowing two earned runs on four hits and striking out two. Stefan Strecker would get the final out for his fifth save of the season.
Hamilton’s next game is Wednesday night (June 26) in Toronto against the Maple Leafs starting at 7:30. The next home game for the Cardinals is on Friday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. when the Kitchener Panthers visit Bernie Arbourt Stadium on East Mountain Baseball Association Night.