Cardinals lose high-scoring battle with Kitchener

The Hamilton Cardinals lost 21-12 to the Kitchener Panthers on Thursday night at Jack Couch Stadium.

Right-fielder, Tyler Duncan hit his second homer of the season for Hamilton in the top of the first inning to give them an early lead.

The Panthers responded with 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning and ended up pushing past the Cardinals despite a comeback attempt. 

In the top of the second inning, Justin Gideon and Jeremie Veilleux hit back-to-back homeruns to make it a 10-6 ball game. This was Gideon’s team-leading ninth homer of the season and Veilleux’s first. Gideon is tied for the lead in homers in the IBL with London’s Robert Mullen and Cleveland Brownlee. 

Kitchener would add seven more runs in the bottom of the third inning thanks to a couple homerun by Stephen Whalen and Tyler Hinrikus.

Gideon and Duncan combined for eight RBI’s in the game, four a piece. 

This was the most runs the Cardinals have given up in a single game this season, they currently rank sixth in the IBL in runs against (188). 

With this loss, the Cardinals drop to 6-19 on the season and drop to another game behind Kitchener for sixth place. Hamilton has had a tough time on the road this year going 2-11. 

Hamilton plays their next game on the road against the London Majors (16-8) at Labatt Memorial Park on Sat, July 16 at 7:35 p.m.

The Cardinals will return home on Sunday, July 17 when they will take on the Welland Jackfish at 2:05 p.m.

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Written by Jarrett Matthews
Photo by Art Ward