Cardinals lose in extras after scoring five runs in the first inning

The Hamilton Cardinals fell 7-5 the Barrie Baycats in the tenth inning at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium. 

Hamilton put up five runs in bottom of the first inning off of Barrie pitcher, Adam Khan. Cardinals second baseman, Tristan Osika, hit a two-run homerun to right field off of the light post. 

After the first inning, Hamilton didn’t score any more runs despite having the bases loaded on multiple occasions. Barrie slowly but surely, chipped away at Hamilton’s lead and eventually tied the game at five in the sixth inning. 

In the tenth, Barrie scored two runs on two singles by Noel McGarry-Doyle and Tyler Plumpton, Hamilton was unable to answer.

Cardinals starting pitcher, Aaron Duffy, went three innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits while striking out four and walking five batters.

First baseman, Josh Niles, went two for five with an RBI for Hamilton. Niles also made some great plays on defense at first. 

Baycats right fielder, Juan Familia, struck out four times in his six at bats to multiple Cardinals pitchers. 

Evan Soules pitched from the seventh inning on for Barrie, surrendering no runs on one hit and got credited with the win.

Closing pitcher, Daury Torrez was credited with the loss despite not giving up any earned runs in his two innings of work, striking out two batters.

This loss ends a two-game win streak for the Cardinals, and they fall to 6-13 and remain in seventh place in the IBL. 

Hamilton will play their next game at home on Tues, July 5 at 7:35 p.m. against the (14-6) Welland Jackfish.

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Written by Jarrett Matthews
Photo by Art Ward