Cardinals battle back only to lose in last inning

ibl logoHamilton Cardinals dropped their fifth straight senior Intercounty Baseball League game, losing 7-6 to the Baycats on Thursday night (July 25) in Barrie.

Hamilton was trailing 6-1 at one point in the contest but a pair of runs in the fifth and single scores in each of the sixth, seventh, and ninth innings evened the count, only to see the Baycats win it in the bottom of the ninth. With the loss and Burlington’s win over the Guelph Royals, the Cardinals dropped to seventh place and Bandits moved into sixth.

The Cardinals out-hit the Baycats, 12-10.

Barrie scored four times in the bottom of the second. Jason Coker reached base when he drew a one-out walk and promptly stole second base. Brendan Keys joined Coker on base with a single. Garrett Ferguson followed that with a single to load the bases. Coker and Keys scored when Jonathan Fernandez reached base on an error. Ryan Spataro closed out the scoring in the inning when he singled to bring in two more runs for an early 4-0 lead.

The Baycats extended their lead in the third. Jeff Cowan led off with a single and moved to second base when Kevin Atkinson grounded out. Cowan scored on Coker’s RBI single.

Dre Celestijn doubled to open up the fourth for Hamilton and then scored when Dan Jagdeo got on base by way of an error. However, Barrie got that run right back in the bottom half of the fourth as Fernandez, who singled to open the inning, came in to score on Castaldo’s RBI single.

Hamilton got back into the game in the fifth as Mike Gottschalk walked with one out and was followed by singles from Andris Rizquez and Celestijn to load the bases. Zack Ranta’s sacrifice fly to left field brought in Gottschalk and Jagdeo’s single plated Rizquez to make it 6-3.

The Cardinals narrowed the lead to two runs in the sixth as John Solazzo scored on Gottschalk’s single. Hamilton single run in the seventh came when Ranta scored on a wild pitch to make it a 6-5 game. Jagdeo tied the game in the top of the ninth when he hit a one out, solo home run.

Barrie got the win in the bottom of the frame when Kevin Atkinson, who reached base on a fielder’s choice, moved to second on a stolen base, took third on a passed ball, and scored when Coker hit a two-out single.

In the game, Gappa extended his hitting streak to nine games while Celestijn and Solazzo extended theirs to seven and five games respectively.

For the Cardinals, Mike Elwood started and went six and two-thirds innings allowing six runs – one unearned – on nine hits, walking three batters and striking out three. Kyle Adoranti took over for Elwood and went an inning and a third walking one batter and striking out one. Solazzo finished the game and took the loss going two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on one hit.

Nick Fogarty went five innings in the start for Barrie giving up three runs – two earned – on seven hits, walking one batter and striking out one. Adam Hawes came in to start the sixth and went two innings giving up two runs on four hits, a walk and a strikeout. Chris Nagorski pitched the eighth and got the Cardinals to go down one, two three. Brett Lawson was credited with the win going one inning, allowing one run on one hit and striking out three.

The two teams face each other again on Friday (July 26) in Hamilton at Bernie Arbour Stadium starting at 7:30 p.m.