Hamilton looked to get back in the win column when they visited Dominico Field at Christie Pits in IBL action on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals would go down by eight runs before battling back but a wild seventh gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 17-9 win on this day. Hamilton would have four doubles in the game from Chris Beer, TJ Baker, Cal Murphy and Nate Mastervick while Toronto got home runs from Grant Tamane and Zac Orchard.
Tamane and Tyler Hardie led off with back to back singles before the bases were loaded up on a Justin Marra walk for the baseball Maple Leafs. Orchard then singled to score the first two runs of the game. Toronto would add two more runs in the inning on a Ryan White single and a Dan Marra sacrifice fly for the early 4-0 lead.
Hamilton cut into the lead in the second inning. Baker walked to open the inning and then moved up 90-feet on a single by Jake Chiaravalle. Later in the inning Murphy doubled to bring in both runners, cutting the lead in half. However, Toronto came storming back and scored six times in their half of the second. Tamane had a two-run home run while Dan Marra, Greg Carrington and Adam Garner all had RBI singles in the frame.
In the fourth, Baker led off the inning with a double then moved to third on Chiaravalle’s single and later scored on Laine Renaud’s fielder’s choice. Greg Marco singled then moved to third on Mastervick’s double to start the Cardinals’ fifth inning. Marcus Dicenzo then loaded up the bases with a walk. Beer would then single to cash in two runners before Connor Bowie loaded up the bases again with a single of his own. Baker, Renaud and Murphy would each hit RBI singles to cut the Maple Leafs lead to 10-8.
Hamilton would get within a run of the home team in the sixth when Beer and Bowie pulled off a double steal which saw Beer cross the plate.
Toronto would put the game out of reach in the seventh when they sent 11 batters to the plate, scoring five runs, three of which came on an Orchard three-run home run. They added two more in the eighth on Carrington’s single to end the scoring in the game.
Chris Lazar started the game for the Cardinals but only lasted an inning and third, allowing ten runs, three of which were unearned, on eight hits and two walks for the loss. Jake Foden replaced Lazar in the second and went five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking three and striking out three. Jake Sims would get the final two outs of seventh, allowing two runs, only one was earned, on one hit and walking three. David Vanderby finished off the game, allowing two runs on two hits, a walk and striking out one.
For Toronto, Trevor Caughey picked up the win, going five innings, allowing eight runs on 11 hits, walking two and striking out four. Andrew Simonetti pitched the next three innings, allowing a run on three hits, walking one batter and striking out two. Andrew Mercer pitched one inning to finish the game, allowing a walk to one of the four batters he faced.
Hamilton will return to Bernie Arbour for a pair of midweek games. The first goes on Tuesday night when the Brantford Red Sox come to town to make up a rained-out game from earlier in the season. The next night the Barrie Baycats will visit the city to make up a rained-out game. Game time both nights is 7:30 PM.
Source: Mike Marasco