BURLINGTON – The Burlington Bandits broke open a 3-3 tie with 10 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning en route to a 14-4 thrashing of the Hamilton Cardinals in an Intercounty Baseball League game on Thursday night (July 11).
Burlington (8-19) trailed 3-0 heading into the fifth inning before they posted a pair of runs to come to within one, then tied the game with a lone run in the sixth. Their 10-run outburst in the seventh propelled them to their third straight win, and places them three games back of the Cardinals in the IBL standings.
Hamilton (11-16) made five costly errors which certainly played its part in handing the Cardinals their second straight loss. They remain in sixth place, trailing the Toronto Maple Leafs by one game.
Burlington reliever Kyle Bolton replaced starter Matthew St. Kitts to start the seventh inning and earned the win, allowing just one hit and one earned run with no walks and seven strikeouts over three innings pitched.
Darryl Pui doubled and homered for the home team, driving in four runs and scoring once in the win, while Levi Larmour singled twice and added a double with two runs scored and two RBI. Dan Franceschetti doubled and drove in two, scoring twice, while Kyle Morton doubled, scored once and added two RBI. Peter Bako doubled and scored twice, driving in a run, while Connor Panas singled and scored three times. Ryan Clarke singled, scored and added an RBI while Jeff MacLeod scored and drove in a run. Jeff Kosta rounded out the Burlington offence with a single and a run scored.
Chris Beer suffered the loss for the Cardinals, coming on to start the seventh inning but failing to register an out, allowing two hits and four runs – three earned – with one walk. Hamilton starter Tim Black did his part with six strong innings on the mound for the Cardinals, giving up three runs – but just one was earned – on five hits, five walks, and three strikeouts.
Johnathan Solazzo singled and homered for the Cardinals, driving in two and scoring once, while Andris Rizquez also homered and registered an RBI. Zack Ranta singled and drove in a run, while Dre Celestijn doubled and scored. Kyle Gappa, Zack Sardellitti and Michael Gottschalk each singled for the visitors in the loss.
Hamilton will look to rebound Friday (July 12) when they host the Guelph Royals at Bernie Arbour Stadium starting at 7:30 p.m. on Ancaster Little League Night. The season series between the two teams is tied at two games each with the home team winning each time.
Meanwhile, Hamilton and Kitchener have once again rescheduled their rainout game that was originally set for June 13. The new date is on Tuesday, July 30 in Kitchener. To date, the Cardinals lead the season series two game to none with four games remaining.
The Bandits are back in action on Saturday (July 13) when the league-leading Brantford Red Sox visit Nelson Stadium for a double-header beginning at 1 p.m. The twin-bill will mark the Burlington Optimists Minor Baseball Association’s Youth Baseball Night. All BOMBA members and any children wearing a youth baseball jersey will receive free admission and $2 off for family members. The team’s staff will also be giving away Bandits seat cushions while supplies last.