Hamilton Cardinals went looking for their first win of the 2016 senior Intercounty Baseball League Sunday (May 29). And Tuesday when they next play, they’ll still be looking for win number one.
Sunday, the Maple Leafs handed the Cardinals’ their eighth straight setback, this an 8-2 defeat at Toronto’s Christie Pitts.
As has happened in many of the Cards games this season, Hamilton scored first to enjoy a brief lead. Hamilton’s 1-0 lead held until the fourth inning when the Maple Leafs scored twice, added four more in the sixth and a pair in the eighth for their fourth win of the campaign.
Hamilton was outhit 12-7 but committed just one error to Toronto’s three.
Former Cardinal Jonathan Solazzo was a triple shy of the cycle for the baseball buds. He went 3-for-four at the plate with four runs-batted-in.
Pacing the Cards offence was Lake Molleson and his 2-for-3 showing, with a walk and an RBI. Tyler Hardie went 2-for-4 (singles) and Marcus Dicenzo was 1-for-3 (with a walk and a run scored.
For the Cardinals, starter Rhys Tapper was charged with the loss going four and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on four hits, walking three and striking out one. David Cromer game in and pitched the next inning and a third, allowing four runs on five hits, walking one and striking out one batter. Chris Beer moved from the DH spot to the mound to start the seventh inning, allowing two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out two over two innings.
For Toronto, David Ertl picked up the win going six innings, allowing one run on four hits, walking four batters and striking out one. Justin Marra, Adam Garner and Matt Fiorini all pitched an inning with Marra allowing the only other run. The three relievers would allow three hits and a walk.
Hamilton returns to Bernie Arbour Tuesday night when they host the Guelph Royals to make up the game that was postponed Sunday, May 15. First pitch is slated for 7:30 p.m.