Hamilton Cardinals ensured themselves of their best finish in the Intercounty Baseball League since 2013, when they edged the second place Kitchener Panthers 2-1 in the second of back-to- back games tonight in Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium.
In 2013, the Cardinals finished in sixth place with 16 wins and 26 losses. This year, as Hamilton enters its final three games of the season it sits with a 14-18 record and has the opportunity to finish in fourth place with more than 16 victories.
In other action tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs led the Brantford Red Sox 2-0 in the eighth inning in Arnold Anderson Stadium, while the Guelph Royals and London Majors had their game postponed by rain with Majors in front 2-0 .
Hamilton took the lead, tonight, in the second inning only to have the Panthers tie the score in the fourth. In the seventh, Michael Ssemanda’s long single to right field brought Laine Renaud home with the game winning run. Things got tight, however, in the top of the ninth inning when with two out, and Brian Burton at third and Keegan Marsden at second, Reece Reading ran the count to two balls and two strikes, including three fouls balls, before he went down swinging on Tyler Howard’s final offering.
Ssemanda was Hamilton’s best hitter with two hits in three trips to the plate including a double in the second inning. Keegan Marsden led the Panthers with two hits in four trips including a double in the fourth.
Howard got the complete game victory for the Cardinals as he went nine innings, giving up one earned run on five hits and two walks. He had nine strikeouts. Christian Hauck took the loss for Kitchener. He pitched eight innings and gave up two earned runs on five hits and two walks. He also struck out nine.
Sunday, is Alumni Day for the Cardinals as they and the IBL honour Dean DiCenzo and Scott Gardiner with Golden Bats during a pre-game ceremony. Hamilton plays Burlington Herd at 2 p.m.in Bernie Arbour Stadium and all Hamilton Cardinals Alumni will be admitted to the game free of charge.
Source: Larry Robertson