Without swinging a bat, the Hamilton Cardinals were 9-0 victors over the Burlington Bandits on Sunday (Aug. 4) in Intercounty Baseball League inaction.
The visiting Bandits were unable to field a team of nine players for Sunday’s scheduled game at Bernie Arbour Stadium against the host Cardinals, resulting in Burlington having to forfeit the game.
The final score will be recorded as 9-0 Hamilton, giving the Cardinals sixth place in the IBL standings with a 15-26 record. Burlington (13-28) will finish in seventh place as both teams have one regular season game left.
At game time, Burlington had only eight players. The umpires allowed the Bandits to bat and begin the game while they waited for additional players to arrive.
Burlington failed to score in the first half inning, with additional players arriving while they were hitting. However, the lineup card submitted by the Bandits contained only nine players names, and the ninth player listed on the card was not one of the additional players who arrived. League rules state any player not on the lineup card is ineligible, so the umpires ruled the additional players all ineligible, thus declaring the game a forfeit.
The Cardinals issued an apology to fans:
It is unfortunate that such a situation had to occur. The Cardinals had the requisite number of players and all were ready to play.
Our regrets are sent to all fans who took time out of their holiday weekend to come to the game. All fans in attendance were offered a refund for their cost of admission. We truly regret that this situation had to occur, but the Umpires were correct in following league protocol.
We hope this experience does not sour you on our organization and the Intercounty Baseball League.
The rainout versus the Toronto Maple Leafs from Friday (Aug. 2) has not yet been rescheduled. The regular IBL season is scheduled to end on Tuesday, with playoff dates to be determined.