The Hamilton Cardinals had an unprecedented winning streak as the 2019 summer season in the Intercounty Baseball Season wound down. The Cards were 7-3 in their final ten games and finished the season above .500 for the first time in recent memory. The 20-16 record this year is a huge improvement from years past. It was just two seasons ago, in 2017 to be exact, that the team finished with a paltry 9-27 win loss record.
The Cardinals looked to bring that winning momentum into the IBL postseason and they didn’t disappoint, sweeping the sixth place Guelph Royals in four straight games.
Chris Beer was tops for the Cardinals on offence averaging .471 in four games. Beer had 8 hits, including two doubles and a triple. Ancaster native Connor Bowie had was the RBI king of the opening series with five RBIs on his six hits, one of which was a triple.
Laine Renaud and Grant Arnold both had home runs in the Guelph series.
On the mound Chris Lazar had a pair of starts and picked up wins in both games, pitching for 12.1 total innings. He had an ERA of 3.64 during the two games giving up five runs on 13 hits.
Ben Braun and Clay Miller started the other two games, picking up wins for both games. Braun pitched for 8 innings in his start and recorded a shut out, giving up five hits, walking two, and striking out three. Miller pitched for 7.2 innings and gave up just two runs on hive hits, striking out seven.
Kelvin Pichardo picked up two saves.
The Cardinals now await the completion of the Kitchener Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs series. Kitchener, who finished the regular season in second place with a record of 25-12 record, currently lead the Maple Leafs 2-1 in their series.