DiCenzo, Gardiner honoured for their IBL service

It was great day for the Hamilton Cardinals to celebrate their history, however the seventh place Brantford Red Sox spoiled it with a 17-6 victory in one of three Intercounty Baseball League games played today in Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium.

The afternoon kicked off with the presentation of 100 Seasons Strong Golden Bats to Dean DiCenzo and Scott Gardiner by the IBL and the Cardinals on Hamilton Spectator Alumni Day. Hamilton took an early 3-0 lead, but the Red Sox came back with nine runs of their own in the top of the fourth en route to their second consecutive win.

In other action, the London Majors pounded the Toronto Maple Leafs 13-4 at Dominico Field in Christie Pits. The Burlington Herd and Barrie Baycats play tonight in Barrie.

Between 1980 and 1999, DiCenzo played 530 regular season games for Hamilton and its long-time rivals the Brantford Red Sox. From 1980 to 1995, as a member of the Cardinals, Dean was an IBL all-star three times in 1984, 1985 and 1993 at first and second base, and in the outfield. In addition, he led the League in triples in 1981, stolen bases in 1982, 1985 and 1993.

Gardiner played seven seasons for the Cardinals from 1982 to 1988, and during that time he batted .319 in 180 regular season games. He had 212 hits of which 49 were home runs. Like, Dean, he was an IBL all-star in 1984. Scott finished his Intercounty career with the Niagara Falls Mariners and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Today, Gardiner lives in the Southwestern Ontario community of Blyth and works for Bruce Power in Tiverton.

Designated hitter Jake Chiaravalle was Hamilton’s leading hitter today, going two for five at the plate including a home run. Grant Arnold was three for five, while Mike Ssemanda and Tyler Wood had two hits apiece for the Cardinals.

Brantford replied with two home runs each from Rick Murray, and Andris Rizquez plus single homers by DeAndre Asbury-Heath and Dan Jagdeo. Murray also hit a double.

Matt Betts earned the victory for Brantford as allowed eight hits over three and two-thirds innings of work. He allowed one earned run. For Hamilton, Josh Freeman took the loss as he allowed nine runs, eight of them earned, on six hits and as many walks through three and two-thirds inning. He had two strikeouts

Next action for the Cardinals is tomorrow (Monday) night when they play host to the Burlington Herd at 7:30 p.m. in Bernie Arbour Stadium.

Source: Larry Robertson

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