Cardinals’ impressive run comes to an end
The Hamilton Cardinals were eliminated from the IBL Playoffs on Friday night at Bernie Arbour Stadium with a 10-4 loss in Game Four against the London Majors.
The Cards made it interesting to say the least, taking a tie game into the fifth inning and threatening to make a comeback late.
Starting pitcher, Corben Peters, went five and a third innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and striking out seven Majors batters.
Robin Fox-Pappas had an outstanding game as the designated hitter, going three for three with a double, two singles, and an RBI.
Right fielder, Anthony Buonaiuto, went two for four with a double and a run.
London’s starter, Jose Arias, got the win after throwing well over 100 pitches in seven innings, giving up just two earned runs on seven hits and striking out 11 Hamilton batters.
Dennis Dei Baning had an RBI double in the third inning to put Hamilton on the board. Jeremie Veilleux also had a double to extend the game in the bottom of the ninth.
Julian Russell pitched a tidy ninth inning, giving up no runs on two hits and striking out one batter.
The London Majors advance to the IBL Championship series for a rematch of last year’s final against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Hamilton had a very good playoffs all things considered and surprised a lot of people, eliminating the number two-seed Guelph Royals and taking a game against the first place London Majors.
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