Hamilton looked to end their eight game losing streak when they visited the Barrie Baycats in IBL action on Sunday night. The Cardinals would plate a couple of runs early in the game but Barrie would take the lead scoring four times over the middle innings to take the game 4-3. TJ Baker, Dre Celestijn and Marcus Dicenzo each had a pair of hits for the red birds while the Baycats’ Kyle DeGrace went three-for-three at the plate.
Hamilton jumped out to a two run lead in the top of the first. Chris Beer and Tyler Hardie picked up back to back singles with one out before Celestijn reached on a fielder’s choice which saw Beer called out at third. Baker would then double to left to bring in both runners and make it 2-0.
In the bottom of the third the Baycats’ Connor Morro was hit by the first pitch of the inning. Morro would then advance to second on DeGrace’s one out single. Kevin Atkinson would later single with two outs which allowed Morro to cross the plate and make it a one run game.
Barrie would take the lead in the fifth when DeGrace scored on an error and Jordan Castaldo crossed the plate on Stevie Lewis’ pinch hit sacrifice fly to right. The Baycats would add another run in the sixth inning to double their lead on the Cardinals when Zack Sardellitti, who doubled to open the inning, scored on DeGrace’s sacrifice fly.
Hamilton looked to tie the game in the ninth. Celestijn doubled with two outs in the inning to keep the team alive before Baker would single to left. Celestijn would cross the plate on the hit thanks to the Baycats’ fourth error of the game. Unfortunately, that was as close as Hamilton would get.
For the Cardinals, Rhys Tapper was tagged with the loss, going four and a third innings, allowing 3 runs, one of which was unearned, on four hits and two walks. Russ Burroughs relieved Tapper in the fifth inning and allowed a run on two hits while striking out two batters over two and two-thirds innings. Robert Wilson pitched the ninth and give up a hit, a walk and struck out one batter.
For Barrie, Brett Lawson got the win going five and a third innings allowing two runs on six hits, walking four and striking out five. Brad Bissell would then come in and face two batters and picking up an out on a fielder’s choice and hitting a batter. Jaspreet Shergill would then come in and pitch an inning and a third, walking a batter and striking out one. Adam Hawes pitched the eighth allowing a pair of hits, a walk and striking out two. Chris Nagorski would pick up the save as he pitched the ninth, allowing an unearned run on two hits and striking out one.
Hamilton will next hit the field on Friday night at Bernie Arbour when they host the Burlington Bandits. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30pm.
Source: Mike Marasco