Being eliminated from the postseason is never easy and being swept in four games is even harder. But it’s hard to feel sour about the end of the Hamilton Cardinals season after the season they’ve had.
Hamilton has lived in the basement of the Intercounty Baseball League for years. 2019 was the first year in a long time that the Cardinals has had a winning season and this year was more than just that. It was a hot summer and July was an even hotter one for the Cardinals. The team that in seasons past struggled to make it to .500 has in 2019 not only risen above but went on an unprecedented eight game winning streak through the month of July.
Hamilton’s Chris Lazar had the best ERA in the entire league in 2019, posting a 2.21 ERA in ten regular season games. Lazar also posted seven wins in the regular season, second best of the regular season, and two more in the postseason series against Guelph. Grant Arnold finished sixth in the league in runs batted in. The infielder had 28 RBIs in his 35 games played during the regular season. He also had four RBIs during the postseason. Outfielder Justin Gideon had the sixth best batting average in the regular season with an average of .346.
So while the 2019 postseason has come to an end with an 8-1 loss in game four against the Kitchener Panthers, the future on the field is looking bright for the Cards.