Kitchener took a stranglehold on their IBL quarter-final series against the Hamilton Cardinals with a 10-3 win Monday night. The Panthers would score 10 unanswered runs after Hamilton jumped out to a three nothing lead in the first. Kitchener had 12 hits in the game, all were singles except for a solo home run. For Hamilton, Andris Rizquez and Dan Jagdeo would combine for four of the team’s eight hits.
For the second straight game the Cardinals would get on the board in the first inning. Rizquez singled to open the game and a couple batters later scored on Jon Saporsantos’ two-run home run. Jagdeo would then step to the plate and hit a home run of his own to give Hamilton an early 3-0 lead through half an inning of play.
Kitchener would get back into the game scoring a run in each of the second and third innings. Jeff Pietraszko led off with a walk and later scored on a single by Mike Andrulis in the second. In the third, Sean Reilly singled and moved to second on Pietraszko’s single. Both runners moved up 90-feet with a stolen base. Rick Murray would then reach base on a throwing error charged to John Solazzo that pulled Saporsantos off the base. The play would of ended the inning but instead allowed Reilly to score and cut Hamilton’s lead to 3-2.
The Panthers would tie the game up in the fifth when David Whiteside, who led the inning off with a walk, scored on Bryon Bell’s single.
Kitchener would then take the lead for good in the sixth with the help of a couple of Cardinals errors. Mike Glinka walked to open the inning and moved to second on a Tanner Nivins’ single. Scott David looked to move both runners over with a sacrifice bunt but an errant throw allowed him to get on base and bring in both runners. Reilly would then be intentionally walked before Hamilton’s starting pitcher Dustin Godden was lifted for Matt Martinow. David would advance to third with a stolen base and then score on Whiteside’s sacrifice fly to left field to put Kitchener up 6-3 after six innings.
The Kitchener Panthers would add a single run in the seventh and three in the eighth, including a solo home run by Whiteside to take the game 10-7 and go up two games to none on Hamilton in the best of five quarter final series.
For the Cardinals, Godden took the loss going five innings, allowing six runs, two of them unearned, on seven hits, walking six and striking out three. Martinow would go the final three innings, allowing four runs on five hits, walking three and striking out two.
For Kitchener, Mike Schnurr picked up the win in seven innings of work, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out five. Russell Luxton pitched the eighth and ninth innings, allowing one hit and striking out one.
With their backs against the wall, the Cardinals will face the Panthers for game three in Kitchener on Tuesday night to try and force a game back in Hamilton on Wednesday. Tuesday’s start time is 7:30 p.m.