Hamilton Cardinals took a 3-0 lead in the second inning and never looked back as they downed the London Majors 13-3 in the opening game of the Series C best-of-five playoff tonight in Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium.
Game two of the series is Friday night (tomorrow) at London against the Majors in Labatt Memorial Park at 7:35 p.m. with games three and four in London and Hamilton respectively on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
In other action, the Kitchener Panthers shutout the Brantford Red Sox 4-0 at Brantford, while the Toronto Maple Leafs led the Guelph Royals 9-6 in Christie Pitts in the eighth inning. At Barrie, following a lengthy rain delay, the Baycats held a 6-0 lead over the Burlington Herd.
Chris Lazar earned the victory for the Cardinals as he allowed just three runs, two of them earned through eight innings of work. He gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out five batters. Nick Jambrosic pitched the ninth inning. Starlin Peralta took the loss for London as he gave up eight runs, five of them earned in five and one-third innings. He was tagged for nine hits and two walks, while striking out four batters.
Connor Bowie and Jake Chiaravalle blew the game wide open for Hamilton with back to back home runs in the sixth innings. Bowie hit a three-run effort 346 feet over the left centerfield fence and Chiaravalle followed with a 369-foot solo blast over the right field fence. Jon Dziomba tripled, while Grant Arnold, Chiaravalle, Laine Renaud and Joel Brophy each doubled.
For London, Mike Ambrose was two for four at the plate with a double. Evan Britt also doubled. Carlos Arteaga was two for three on the night.
Source: Larry Robertson