The Hamilton Cardinals are on a roll. For the first time in longer than I can find looking through stats, the Hamilton Cardinals have won six games in a row. That streak is the longest since 2010. You have to go back nearly a decade when the, then Hamilton Thunderbirds, won four games in a row late in the season. This streak tops that by two games and is nearly unprecedented. To give you an idea of how far this team has come and how impressive of a streak this is, in 2011 the Hamilton baseball team only won seven games all season. They finished that season in last place in the league, but this year the Cardinals are sitting in third place with some lift in their wings.
Connor Bowie was the hero of the game on Sunday afternoon at Carstar Field at Bernie Arbour Stadium. The game was tied, the teams tiring, and the sun fading in the sky as Bowie took to the plate in the bottom of the 12th inning. With two outs and facing an even count, Bowie swung and knocked out a single which brought Justin Gideon across the plate with the game-winning run.
The win came as a surprise to the league leading Barrie Baycats who came into the game with a 21-7 record. The Baycats had been riding a two game winning streak into Hamilton and had won six of their last ten games. The Baycats had also won all three of the two teams’ previous meetings this season and had outscored the Cardinals 32-11 in those three encounters.
The two teams will meet again one final time on Thursday night at Coates Stadium in Barrie.
Gideon was 2 fo 5 with a single, a triple, and an RBI. Chris Lazar got the credit for the win for Hamilton.
Next up the Cardinals will continue at home on Tuesday night when they host the Guelph Royals. First pitch from Carstar Field is set for 7:30pm.