Cardinals hold on to win Game 2 at home against Royals
The Hamilton Cardinals scored six runs in the fourth inning to take a 2-0 lead in the best of five, quarter-final round of the IBL Playoffs against the Guelph Royals.
Another stellar performance by the Cardinals pitching staff was the difference again as Hamilton won the game by a score of 7-4.
Starting pitcher, Corben Peters, went five and two thirds innings, giving up four runs on nine hits then handed it off to Daury Torrez.
Torrez went the rest of the way, pitching three and a third shut-out innings and surrendering just one hit, striking out four and walking no batters.
Hamilton has outscored Guelph by a combined 11-7 and outhit them 22-19 through the first two games of the series.
Catcher, Ryan Burnside, went three for five with an RBI, a run and a stolen base.
Dennis Dei Banning got his first hit of the post-season with a huge triple and later scored an important insurance run for Hamilton.
Every single Cardinal player either had an RBI or scored a run in the game and gave Hamilton a commanding lead in the series with a chance to finish it off and upset the number two seed Royals in Game 3.
Jeremie Veilleux and Laine Renaud were both two for four with clutch rally-extending hits during the game.
The Cardinals will play game three of the series in Guelph on Tuesday night at David E. Hastings Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Hamilton will return home for game four if necessary, on Wed, Aug 31 at 7:35 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online through SeatGIANT or at the gate prior to the game.
The Hamilton Cardinals Baseball Club is a member of Canada's best league, the Intercounty Baseball League. The over 100-year old summer league is one of the oldest baseball leagues in the world, established in 1919.
Written by Jarrett Matthews
Photo by Art Ward