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CARDINALS COME UP SHORT IN SLUGFEST

By Mike Marasco, 06/23/15, 11:15PM EDT

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After a big 5-3 win on Sunday over Barrie, the Cardinals looked to make it two in a row against the league leaders but on this night the Baycats would squeak past Hamilton by a final score of 9-8.  In the win by Barrie, Kevin Atkinson went five for five at the plate while Nate Mastervick went three for three for Hamilton.  The teams combined for 29 hits in the game.

Barrie would take the early lead on the Cardinals.  Kyle DeGrace singled and moved to second on a wild pitch before Jordan Castaldo grounded out to move him up another 90-feet.  Kevin Atkinson then singled to bring in the game’s opening run.

It would stay that way until the fifth inning.  Nate Mastervick singled to open the inning and later advanced to third on Liam Wilson’s single.  A sacrifice fly to deep right would then allow Mastervick to cross the plate and tie up the game at one.

In Barrie’s half of the fifth they would send ten batters to the plate and score five times to regain the lead.  Glenn Jackson drew a walk to open the inning and moved up to second on Ryan Spataro’s single.  Both runners would get two more bases on the play thanks to an error.  Four more runs would come in when DeGrace, Castaldo, Atkinson and Steve Lewis all hit consecutive singles to make it a 6-1 game.

The Cardinals got one run back in the sixth as Dre Celestijn, who singled, later scored on Jake Osborne’s single.  Barrie would get that back and one more in the seventh when Castaldo scored when Jeremy Walker hit into a double play.  Brafy Arias followed that up with a single to score Atkinson for a six run lead on Hamilton.

Hamilton could have folded the tents but they put their work boots on and in the eighth inning they battled all the way back.  Celestijn, Chris Beer and Kyle Gappa opened the inning with singles which saw the first two score on Gappa’s hit.  Osborne then reached an error to put runners at first and second.  Mastervick then connected with his third single of the night to load up the bases which was followed by Liam Wilson singling in a run.

The Cardinals weren’t done there.  Marcus Dicenzo would then double to cash in two more runs.  Joel Brophy would then hit a fly ball to centre for the first out of the inning but it was deep enough to bring in the tying run.

In the Baycats half of the eighth, Spataro doubled and later scored the eventual game winning run on Atkinson’s single.

For the Cardinals, Dylan Grosul started the game and took a no decision going four innings, allowing six runs on nine hits, walking one and striking out one.  Kyle Adoranti took the loss in relief, allowing three runs on four hits and walking three over three innings.  Tanner Guindon pitched the final inning, allowing a hit and walk.

For Barrie, Chris England went five and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on nine hits, and striking out seven but did not get the decision.  Jon Reid relieved England, facing five batters and allowing one runner on base by way of a hit by pitch.  Josh Soffer then came in to start eighth, facing six batters and allowing six runs, one was unearned, on five hits without recording an out.

Adam Hawes would be credited with the win, going one inning and allowing a hit while striking out two.  Chris Nagorski picked up the save getting all three batters he faced in the ninth out.

The Cardinals stay on the road for a game tomorrow night in Brantford where they will take on the Red Sox starting at 8:00pm.  Hamilton will then host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night at Bernie Arbour.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:30pm.

 

INNINGS

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

HAMILTON

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

6

0

8

15

3

BARRIE

1

0

0

0

5

0

2

1

X

9

14

1


Winning Pitcher: Adam Hawes (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Kyle Adoranti (0-2)
Save: Chris Nagorski (4)

Barrie Hitters
Kevin Atkinson – 5 for 5 (4 Singles, Double, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs)
Kyle DeGrace – 3 for 5 (3 Singles, 2 Runs, RBI)
Branfy Arias – 2 for 4 (2 Singles, RBI)

Hamilton Hitters
Nate Mastervick – 3 for 3 (3 Singles, Hit by Pitch, 2 Runs)
Liam Wilson – 3 for 5 (3 Singles, Stolen Base, Run, RBI)
Marcus Dicenzo – 2 for 4 (Single, Double, Sacrifice Fly, Stolen Base, 2 RBIs)

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