Sources – Neil Srivastava & IBL Media Relations
Leafs clip the Cardinals
The Maple Leafs bats were not as hot as the weather but yet they managed to get timely hits to down the Hamilton Cardinals 8-2 to improve to 5-2 on the year Sunday afternoon in Intercounty Baseball League play at Dominico Field.
The Cardinals wasted little time opening the scoring in the top of the first inning thanks to a lead off single by Marcus Dicenzo who later scored on a throwing error by Grant Tamane who missed the cut off man on a single by Tyler Hardie.
Leafs starter David Ertl laboured in the heat to find the strike zone early on but managed to hold the Cardinals to the lone run thanks to stellar defensive efforts from the infield turning two double plays behind him.
Ertl pitched six complete innings for his first career victory allowing one run on four hits, four walls and had one strikeout
The Maple Leafs had something going in each inning but couldn’t solve Rhys Tapper leaving runners in scoring position in of the first three frames until a two out single by Dan Marra cashed in two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to open the flood gates
Jonathan Solazzo did most of the damage at the plate finishing a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and had four RBIs.
Grant Tamane continued to swing the hot stick at the plate going three for four with a double and two runs scored
Tapper took the loss for the Cardinals who fell to 0-8 on the season. He pitched 4.2 innings allowing two runs (both earned) on four hits. He walked three and had one strikeout.
Baycats come back not enough, lose to unbeaten Panthers 8-6
The Barrie Baycats were the latest team to attempt to defeat the unbeaten Kitchener Panthers, coming close in the final innings of play but could not bring in any more runs on their eleven hits.
The Baycats were as resilient as ever, coming back to bring the game within one in the 5th, but couldn’t muster a rally once the Panthers extended the lead in the 6th.
Kevin Atkinson went 2-5 with two RBIs and two home runs while teammate Jordan Castaldo added a home run and three RBI’s to his season.
Starting pitcher Nate Arruda (0-2) took the loss for Barrie, pitching six innings and earning seven runs. Noelvis Entenza (2-0) took the win for the Panthers, tossing six innings and striking out eight batters. Phil Owen (0-0) made the save for Kitchener.
Majors pull out late inning win over Red Sox
The London Majors broke a 6-6 tie on a wild pitch by Brantford’s Tyler Soucie in the bottom of the eight and held on to win 8-6 at Labatt Park Sunday.
London’s Humberto Ruiz went 4-for-4 on the night while recording three runs as Mike Ambrose would record a solo home run for the London Majors in the bottom of the 5th to bring the lead to three. Brantford’s Brandon Dailey went 2-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored and a home run, and Ben Bostick would add a two run home run in the top of the third.
Owen Boon (1-0) for the Majors took the win after relieving Todd Leavitt (0-0) in the top of the sixth. Boon pitched 3.2 innings striking out four. Tyler Soucie (0-1) took the loss for the Red Sox taking two earned runs on 0.1 innings pitched. Red Sox starter Graham Tebbit (0-1) went five innings recording three earns runs with six strike outs and no walks.
Tuesday, May 31
Guelph at Hamilton; 7:30 pm
Barrie at London; 7:45 pm
Wednesday, June 1
Kitchener at Toronto; 7:30 pm
Barrie at Brantford; 8:00 pm
Thursday, June 2
London at Kitchener; 7:30 pm
Guelph at Burlington; 7:30 pm