Cardinals Hang on to Thrilling 9-8 Victory against Brantford
In a heart-stopping showdown, the Hamilton Cardinals emerged triumphant with a narrow 9-8 win over the Brantford Red Sox in an Intercounty Baseball League clash. The game, held at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium under blistering heat, kept fans on the edge of their seats as both teams battled fiercely until the final out.
The Cardinals got off to a strong start, posting two runs in the second inning to take an early lead. However, the Red Sox quickly responded, scoring a run in the third inning to close the gap. The game intensified in the fourth inning when the Red Sox unleashed an offensive onslaught, plating four runs and seizing the lead. Determined not to be outdone, the Cardinals rallied with an impressive six-run performance in the bottom of the fourth, reclaiming their advantage.
Both teams showcased their offensive prowess, with the Red Sox tallying a total of 15 hits and the Cardinals recording 12 hits throughout the game. Tyler Duncan continued his hot streak by hitting a 3 run home run. Josh Niles also added a home run early in the game.
The Cardinals' victory was secured by a collective effort on the mound. Alex Lanigan pitched a solid inning, allowing only two hits and one earned run. Relievers Rushil Bhat and Corben Peters also contributed to the win, combining for four innings of relief, stifling the Red Sox offense.
With two outs in the ninth, the Brantford Red Sox had the game-tying runner on second. Former Hamilton Cardinal Jeremie Veilleux hit a base hit to right field where Tyler Duncan scooped up the ball and threw a laser to catcher Tanner Rempel. Rempel stretched to the left side of the plate and tagged the runner as he attempted to slide to home plate, dramatically ending the game and giving the Cardinals a victory.
Next home game: Sunday July 2nd vs Guelph Royals at 2:05pm.