A two run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning from Connor Bowie pushed the Hamilton Cardinals into the lead and the eventual win on Friday night. The 3-1 victory over the powerhouse Panthers gave Hamilton their second straight win and improved their record to 8-8 on the season.
Kitchener took the lead in the top of the fifth inning. With two outs in the inning, Stephen Whalen hit a single to get on base. Whalen would cross the plate at the next at bat when an error from the third baseman allowed Yorbis Borroto to get on base and Whalen across the plate.
After another full inning the Hamilton Cardinals got on the board. Chris Beer opened the inning with a single to get on base and crossed the plate two batters later. After back to back strikeouts, Jake Chiaravalle hit a double with Beer rounding the bases to tie the game at one. Then at the very next at bat it would be Connor Bowie with the big bats, blasting a two run shot to give the Cards a two run lead.
That lead would be all that the Cardinals would need as they made quick work of the Panthers through the next two innings.
Starting pitcher Lazar picked up the win and pitched a complete game. Lazar gave up one run on five hits, walked one, and had had seven strike outs including three in the last six at bats of the game.
Next up the Hamilton Cardinals will complete a home and home series with the Panthers when they head to Kitchener on Sunday afternoon. First pitch at Jack Couch Park is set for 2:00pm.