Cards host and visit Guelph on Sunday
The Hamilton Cardinals can forget about a .500 finish and climbing out of seventh place in the eight team Intercounty Baseball League.
Despite their disappointing record, the 9-22 Cardinals can make the playoffs if they can stay ahead of the 7-24 Burlington Bandits who dwell in the IBL cellar.
Under the league’s new post season format the top two teams get a first round bye and the sixth and seventh team meet in a one-game playoff to determine who goes on to the best-of-five quarter-finals.
At Bernie Arbour Stadium on Sunday the first place Barrie Baycats committed four errors, but the home side did not take advantage of them as the Barrie beat the Cardinals 9-3.
The visitors grabbed a 4-0 first inning lead en route to victory.
Hamilton looked much better in Barrie one night earlier.
They outhit the home side 7-6 but lost 5-2 to the Baycats.
At Bernie Arbour Stadium last Friday David Marcus and Dan Treccia hit home runs for the visiting Burlington Bandits who beat the Cards 6-2.
The Cardinals got at least one hit from each of their batters in Kitchener last Thursday but it was the Panthers who would prevail 18-7.
Kitchener batters scattered 20 hits while Hamilton batters managed 13 hits.
The Cardinals lost a 10-9 slugfest to Burlington on Tuesday night.
They visit Burlington on Thursday night before traveling to London on Saturday night.
Hamilton wraps up the 2014 regular season with two games against the Guelph Royals on Sunday.
The first is a 2 p.m. game at Bernie Arbour Stadium followed by a 7:30 p.m. game back in Guelph to make up for a previously cancelled game.
Both games will be seven innings.