Despite a three-for-four plate performance from Mike Gottschalk and out hitting their opponents, the Hamilton Cardinals fell 13-4 to the Royals in Guelph on Saturday (June 29) in an Intercounty Baseball League contest.
Hamilton put together an 11-hit attack, one more than the Royals, but fell into sixth place with a 9-13 record, a half game behind Toronto, while Guelph improved to 6-14 on the season, two games back of the Cardinals.
The Cardinals had enjoyed a 3-0 lead starting with Chris Beer’s double to open the game. He advanced to third on Dre Celestijn’s single and scored on Dan Jagdeo’s sacrifice fly. The Cardinals extended their lead in the second when Jon Saporsantos and Gottschalk each hit safeties to open the inning. Justin Malabanan doubled to bring in Saporsantos and Gottschalk came home when Beer grounded out.
Guelph got on the board in the third when Robert Grilli reached base thanks to an error and Chaz Pal singled with two outs to put runners on second and third. Josh Garton emptied the bases with a triple to cut the Cardinals lead to 3-2. CJ Fearon gave the Royals the lead in the fifth with a two-run home run.
However, Zack Ranta knotted the count at four with a solo home run, his second of the season.
Justin Interisano scored the eventual game winning run on a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Grilli got on base with a two-out single and was joined by Taylor Castrilo who drew a walk. Fearon singled and brought in Grilli. Pal’s three sacker scored two more runs.
The Royals added three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth.
For Hamilton, Tim Black got the start and went four innings, giving up two unearned runs, on two hits and striking out three. Mike Elwood took over to start the fifth and went two innings, allowing nine runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out four for the loss. Nino Fasulo pitched the final two innings allowing two runs on one hit, walking four and striking out three.
For Guelph, Mark Wilush started the game and went five and two-thirds innings allowing four runs on nine hits, walking one and striking out four. Lucas Borges got the win going an inning and a third on the mound, allowing a hit, a walk and striking out three. Brendan Sorichetti tossed the final two innings, giving up a hit and striking out two while hitting one batter.
Hamilton will be hosts to the London Majors on East Mountain Baseball Association Day on Sunday (June 30), 2 p.m. at Bernie Arbour Stadium.