GAME RECAP: Late Game Comeback Gives Hamilton Cardinals the Win Over Barrie Baycats
HAMILTON - It was another great start by Riley Hoover, but the Hamilton Cardinals weren't fooled by the Barrie Baycats bullpen, and the Cardinals won their Sunday afternoon matchup 4-2.
Through seven innings, the Baycats were in the lead - they took a 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a Marcel Lacasse RBI single that scored Royce Ando. In the seventh inning, Lacasse scored on a single from Owen Jansen. Jansen, in his first game with the Baycats this season, reached base twice in total.
As the game headed to the eighth, the Baycats held a 2-1 lead. Hoover had pitched brilliantly, giving up only the one run over five strong innings. Evan Soules, the first reliever out of the pen, had another strong outing as well, giving up only one hit and not allowing a run in his two innings of work.
Unfortunately for the Baycats, the Cardinals had their big inning at the plate in the eighth. Against new pitcher Chris Cox, Cardinals leadoff hitter (in the inning, not in the game) Laine Renaud singled. A batter later, Tyler Duncan tripled to score Renaud and tie the game. The Cardinals ended up scoring three in the inning, and taking the lead of the game 4-2.
In the top of the ninth inning, the Baycats started well with two runners on base (Ryan Rijo and Marcel Lacasse both singled) and only one out against tough Cardinals pitcher Daury Torrez, but Torrez worked out of the jam and secured the save for the team.