2018 marks a new era for the Hamilton Cardinals and they started off that new era on the right foot with a 4-2 win over the Brantford Red Sox.
Brantford hosted the Cardinals in their home opener on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The last time the two teams met in Brantford’s opener the Red Sox came away with the win. Hamilton hasn’t won a season opener in the modern history as the Cardinals.
Brantford got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning when Wilson Soriano, who got on base after an error and later stole third base, crossed the plate after a pass ball. The Cards responded to take the lead in the top of the third inning when Grant Arnold drove home David Vanderby and Nate Mastervick on a two-out RBI single.
Brantford tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. After Arman Lakhani took the mound for the Cardinals in the bottom of the inning, Matt McGovern crossed the plate for the Red Sox as a result of a fielder’s choice.
Hamilton sealed the game in the top of the ninth inning. After getting on base with a single, Laine Renaud crossed the plate after a wild pitch. Jake Chiaravalle, who advanced from also crossed the plate after a pass ball. Chiaravalle got on base after being hit by a pitch, advanced to second base on a balk, and claimed third after the earlier wild pitch.
Chris Hodgson, who pitched in the ninth inning, picked up the win for the Cardinals.
Hamilton will continue their season opening road trip while Bernie Arbour stadium undergoes upgrades. The Cardinals next game takes place at Nelson Park in Burlington on Saturday afternoon at 1:05pm when they visit the Herd. Hamilton will host their home opener on Friday, June 1st at 7:30pm from Bernie Arbour Stadium.