Cardinals survive the long ball to defeat Panthers in game 3

Game three of the best of seven quarter-final series between the Kitchener Panthers and Hamilton Cardinals was played Sunday afternoon at Jack Couch Park in Kitchener. The teams combined to score 40 runs on 33 hits in the game and had a total of 12 home runs with the visiting Cardinals ending up with the victory. With the win, Hamilton remain one game back of the Panthers in the series. Connor Bowie and Jack Sims had a total of nine runs batted in between them for Hamilton while Kitchener’s Sean Reilly collected six runs batted in.

Six different Cardinals batters had home runs in the game with TJ Baker and Bowie each having a pair of long bombs while Sims hit a grand slam in the fourth inning.

Hamilton held a 15-1 lead through four and a half innings before the Panthers put up nine runs in the fifth, aided by a three-run home run from Justin Interisano and a Reilly grand slam. The Cardinals responded with four runs in the sixth but handed three right back to the Panthers in their half on the inning on Mike Andrulis’ three-run home run.

Kitchener kept creeping a little closer scoring one in the seventh and two in the eighth to get within three runs of the Cardinals. However, in the ninth, Jake Chiaravalle hit a two-run homer to get add some insurance to Hamilton’s totals that they would need. The Panthers scored three times in their at bats in the ninth but could not get any closer.

For the Cardinals, Nick Virdo picked up the win, allowing ten runs, half of which were unearned, on eight hits and six walks while striking out three. Kyle Adoranti entered the game to pitch the sixth and seventh innings, allowing four runs on two hits while walking three batters. Jake Foden pitched the final two innings, allowing five runs, two of which were unearned, on seven hits and striking out three.

For Kitchener, Sean Ratcliffe started the game and took the loss, going three and a third innings, allowing nine runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out five. Stephen Gade relieved Ratcliffe, allowing five runs on three hits, a walk and striking out one over an inning on the mound. Andy Leader then took to the mound for an inning and a third, allowing four runs on four hits, walking one batter and striking out two. Noelvis Entenza pitched the final three and a third innings, allowing three runs on two while striking out three batters.

Game four of the series goes Tuesday night at Bernie Arbour starting at 7:30 PM with Kitchener leading the best of seven series two games to one. Prior to the game the Cardinals will honour the Special Olympics Hamilton softball team that won the gold medal at the 2017 Special Olympics Summer Provincial Games in July.

Source: Mike Marasco

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