Cardinals feathers ruffled by Majors

ibl logoA Major offensive of 18 hits demolished the Cardinals, 10-4, as London handed Hamilton is second defeat in a row – and third in four games – in Intercounty Baseball League play on Sunday (June 30) at Bernie Arbour Stadium.

The Majors broke open a 4-4 tie with three runs in the top of the sixth en route to the win.

The teams were tied 2-2 after the first inning, before Hamilton added a single run in the second to take a one-run lead. London went up 4-3 lead with two runs in the top of the fifth before the game was evened up again in the bottom of the inning. After taking a 7-4 lead with their three runs in the sixth, the Majors added two in the eighth and one in the ninth to solidify the Majors 15th win against seven losses.

Mike DeLong earned the pitching decision, allowing six hits and four earned runs with seven walks and two strikeouts over five innings of work. Cory Hammond was solid in relief, pitching four hitless, scoreless innings with no walks and five strikeouts to earn the save.

The Majors were aggressive at the plate, out-hitting the Cardinals 18-6 on the afternoon. Paul LaMantia had four of those 18 smacks, including three singles and double, with two runs scored and an RBI, while Adwin Springer had a pair of singles and a double with three runs scored.

Larry Balkwill added three hits with three RBI, while Cleveland Brownlee singled and homered, with two RBI and a run scored. Derrik Strzalkowski had a pair of singles with a run scored, while Ryan Lapensee singled and scored twice. Paul Young doubled and scored once, and Jon Celestino doubled and drove in a run. Paul Lytwynek rounded out the London offence with a single.

Reliever Tim Krawczyk took the loss for the Cardinals (9-14), allowing eight hits and five earned runs with three walks and two strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings pitched.

As for the Hamilton offence, Dre Celestijn, Kyle Gappa, Zack Sardellitti and Chris Piano each singled and scored a run, while Mike Gottschalk and Nick Ranta each singled and drove in a run.