Cards miss opportunities, fall to Royals

ibl logoHamilton’s inability to take advantage of five Guelph errors resulted in a Cardinals 6-3 setback to the Royals in an Intercounty Baseball League game on Friday (July 12).

The loss was the Cardinals second in as many days and drops their record to 11-17 leaving them in sixth place, a full game back of Toronto. With the win Guelph goes to 7-19 and is tied with Burlington for seventh place with two games in hand.

The Royals opened the scoring in the fourth inning with three runs without getting a hit. Robert Grilli led off by being hit by a pitch. He promptly stole second and third, followed by one-out walks to Justin Interisano and Dan Treccia to load the bases. Chaz Pal and Nick Lancisi also drew walks to plate two runs. Taylor Castrillo then hit a sacrifice fly to centre field for the 3-0 lead.

Hamilton got on the board in the fifth when Anthony Rizquez reached third base on a three-base error charged to the Royals’ starting pitcher Ryan Greco. Rizquez scored as Mike Gottschalk reached base on an error to the first baseman to make it a 3-1 game.

In the top of the sixth, Guelph extended its lead as Pal got on base with a one out single and moved to third on Lancisi’s double. Lancisi tried for third not knowing Pal had stopped and got into a run down. However, Pal took off for home and an errant throw to the plate allowed him to score. Castrillo then singled in Lancisi for a 5-1 lead.

The Cardinals got closer in the seventh as Andris Rizquez opened the inning with a double off the wall, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Dan Jagdeo’s fielder’s choice. The Royals got that run back in the top of the eighth as Pal reached base on an error and later scored on an error charged to the Cardinals catcher.

Hamilton looked like they were going to cut deep into the Guelph lead in the bottom half of the eighth. Justin Malabanan opened with a double and advanced to third base on Anthony Rizquez’ single. Gottschalk singled to bring in Malabanan and put runners on the corners. Dre Celestijn drew a two-out walk. But with the bases loaded, Jagdeo grounded out to second to end the inning and the Royals 6-3 lead still intact.

Hamilton starter and loser Tim Krawczyk went four innings, giving up three earned runs without giving up a hit, walking five batters, hitting two and striking out three. Tomas Rincon took over in the fifth and pitched an inning and surrendered one hit. Mike Elwood finished the game, giving up three runs; two of which were earned, on three hits, walking two, hitting one batter and striking out seven.

For the Royals, Greco earned the win going six innings, allowing two runs – only one was earned – on three hits, six walks and striking out four. Lucas Borges pitched the final three innings and got the save giving up one run on four hits, walking one and striking out two.

Hamilton welcomes the Burlington Bandits for a double header on Sunday (July 14) starting at 2 p.m. on Ancaster Little League Day.