Hamilton visited Nelson Park in Burlington on Saturday afternoon. It was the second time in the past three days the Cardinals and the Herd took to the field against each other with Hamilton as the visiting team in IBL action. For the second straight road game, the Cardinals left with the win thanks to some stellar pitching from starter Jackson Jones as well as the visitors taking advantage of some late errors by Burlington. The win evens the season series between the teams at two games a piece.
The Cardinals jumped on the board in the first as TJ Baker hit a home run with Chris Beer on base for the early 2-0 lead. Justin Gideon cut the lead in half for Burlington in their half of the first with a leadoff solo home run.
Hamilton regained their two-run lead in the third when Mike Hart singled and scored Jon Dziomba, who reached when he was hit by a pitch. The Cardinals stretched their lead to three runs in the fourth when Cal Murphy reached base on an error and scored later, on a Jake Foden RBI single.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Herd would have runners on the corners. Gideon took off and stole second base with the throw from the catcher going into centre field which allowed Grant Okawa to score and cut the Hamilton lead in half. However, the Cardinals got that run back in their next at bat when Baker scored on Connor Bowie’s single.
The score remained that way until the eighth when Kevin Hussey hit a two-run home run and Eddie Chessell singled in a third run to tie the game at five.
Hamilton would not give up though. Jake Chiaravalle hit a one out single then moved all the way to third on an error that was charged to the pitcher. Murphy would then reach base on an error to Burlington’s second baseman which allowed Chiaravalle to score. Greg Marco and Foden would each draw walks to load up the bases before Beer hit a sac fly scoring an insurance run.
Benson Merritt, who entered the game in the eighth, would retire the Herd in order with a lineout and a pair of fly balls to preserve the win for the Cardinals.
For Hamilton, Jones went six and a third innings, allowing two runs, only one was earned, on six hits, walking two batters and striking out six. Kyle Adoranti would relieve Jones and go an inning allowing two runs on one hit and a walk. Merritt picked up the win allowing an unearned run on one hit and striking out one batter.
For the Herd, Christian Hauck started the game and got no decision after allowing four runs, one was unearned, on eight hits, walking three and striking out three over four innings. Kyle Symington took the loss allowing three runs, only one was earned, on two hits, walking four and striking out six in four and a third innings of work. Ben Braun finished off the final two-thirds of an inning with two flyouts.
Hamilton returns to Bernie Arbour tomorrow afternoon to once again host the Kitchener Panthers to make up a rained-out game from earlier in the season starting. Game time on Hamilton Challenger Baseball Association Day is 2:00 PM.
Source: Mike Marasco