Intercounty Baseball League series tied 1-1
Matt Fortuna got the split he was hoping for.
The field manager of the Hamilton Cardinals said winning and first game of the best-of-seven Intercounty Baseball League quarter-final series against Barrie and then coming close in a game two loss has boosted the confidence of his players.
“It makes it a best-of-five,” Fortuna said. “We didn’t want to go back to Barrie down 2-0.”
Game three is slated for Barrie tonight and game four will be played back in Hamilton on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
If necessary, Game 5 will be played in Barrie on Thursday, Game 6 is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Bernie Arbour Stadium and Game 7 is scheduled for Sunday night in Barrie.
Game one of the series saw Hamilton batters crank out 16 hits in the Cards’ 13-8 win in Barrie last Saturday.
John Solazzo led Hamilton batters.
He went three-for-four at the plate with a solo home run and a three-run round-tripper.
Dan Jagdeo also went 3-4 for Hamilton.
He hit a solo home run and added three RBI.
At Bernie Arbour Stadium last Sunday the Baycats evened the series at 1-1 with a 3-2 win.
Ryan Van Spronsen worked nine innings on the mound for the Cardinals.
He gave up three runs on nine hits and struck out three batters.
The Hamilton Cardinals have announced their Fanz Choice award winners.
John Solazzo is the player of the year, Dre Celestijn is the player of the year runner-up, Andris Rizquez is the rookie of the year, Brett van Pelt was named top pitcher and Kyle Gappa is the most improved player.