Hamilton traveled across the bridge into Burlington to face the Herd at Nelson Park in IBL action on Saturday afternoon. The teams would combine for 24 runs on 27 hits with seven of the hits being of the home run variety but it was the home side taking the win by a score of 15-9. For Hamilton, TJ Baker had a pair of home runs with six runs batted in while six Herd batters had at least two hits in the game.
Prior to the game Hamilton signed two new players, Mike Hart and Ben Reid, who were both selected in the dispersal draft after the Guelph Royals ended their season earlier in the week.
The Cardinals jumped out to the early lead on the road in the top of the first inning. With Chris Beer on base and two outs recorded, Baker hit his first home run of the game. Hamilton would add a third run in the inning when they had the bases loaded and the Burlington catcher tried to pick off Nate Mastervick at first but the ball went into right field allowing Logan Stewart to score. The Herd would get a run back in their half of the opening inning.
Hamilton continued to score in the second inning as Jake Foden singled and was followed by a double by Beer. Connor Bowie then grounded out to bring in Foden to regain the three-run lead. Baker then hit a sacrifice fly to right which allowed Beer to score for a 5-1 lead. However, Burlington scored four times in their half of the second, including home runs from Cooper Lamb and Justin Gideon, to tie the game at five.
The bovine from Burlington took the lead for the first time in the game in the third when Carlos Villoria hit a two-run home run.
Hamilton regained the lead in the top of the fourth on Baker’s three-run home run. John Whaley would hit a two-run home run in the fourth to give Burlington the lead once again and they would not give it up the rest of the way.
The Herd would score five times in the seventh and one more in the eighth to put the game away while Hamilton on Hart’s RBI single.
For the Cardinals, Dan Weagle took the loss, allowing nine runs, one of which was unearned, on nine hits and picking up a strikeout over four innings. Chris Lazar came in to relieve Weagle to start the fifth, allowing three runs on four hits and one strikeout over two innings. Reid then made his debut with Hamilton, pitching a third of an inning, allowing two runs on one hit and walking two walks. Slater Frith finished off the game on the mound allowing one run on three hits, allowing a walk and striking out two.
For Burlington, Jesse Anderson started the game, lasting four innings and allowing eight runs, one was unearned, on seven hits, walking four batters and striking out three. Christian Hauck picked up the win in relief of Anderson going the final five innings, allowing a run on three hits, walking two and striking out three.
Hamilton returns to Bernie Arbour tomorrow afternoon when they host the Barrie Baycats starting at 2:00 PM. Prior to the game the Cardinals will honour the Special Olympics Hamilton softball team that are headed to the Provincial Games in Peel next month.
Source: Mike Marasco