The worm turned in the bottom of the ninth, and the Hamilton Cardinals posted a 7-5 come from behind Hollywood-style ending to defeat the London Major, and take their best-of-five Intercounty Baseball League playoff series this afternoon in Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium.
The Cardinals now advance to the IBL semifinal round against an opponent to be determined.
In the ninth, with one out and a runner on base, Grant Arnold faced nine pitches thrown by London pitcher Kelvin Pichardo before Arnold hit the 10th into centrefield for a single. Then, with two out, Connor Bowie hit the second pitch he faced for a 375-foot, three-run home run to left field to win the series for the Cards.
In other action, Kitchener Panthers defeated the Brantford Red Sox 5-2 in Kitchener, while the Guelph Royals edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-6 in Tronto. Tonight, Burlington Herd plays the Baycats in Barrie.
For London, Pichardo took the loss in relief of starter Robert Doyle, giving up three earned runs on three hits in the ninth inning. He struck out two. Chris Lazar earned the victory for Hamilton as he gave up three runs on three hits in the final two innings of the game. He struck out one batter.
In addition to Bowie’s homer, the Cardinals got a 385-foot, two-run home run to left field in the fourth from Laine Renaud. Renaud was two for three on the afternoon. Jake Foden and Jacob Martins had three and two hits apiece. For London, Byron Reichstein had two hits and Evan Britt smacked a double.
Source: Larry Robertson