Posted on Jun 20, 2016 by Mike Marasco

Hamilton came storming back to score a total of five runs in the final two regulation innings to force extras where Jake Osborne hit a walk off single to give the Cardinals a 12-11 win over Burlington in IBL action on Sunday afternoon. Dre Celestijn’s bat stayed hot, getting five hits in six at bats for the Cardinals while Russ Burroughs picked up his first win in the IBL in relief. The Bandits would see every starter pick up at least one hit in the game.

The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead in the second inning. Celestijn and Chris Beer opened the inning with back to back singles followed by TJ Baker walking to load up the bases. Jason deVos would then get on with a fielder’s choice which allowed a run to cross the plate. Beer would also come in on the play thanks to an error by the first baseman.

Burlington quickly responded in the top of the third with three straight one out singles by Nolan Pettipiece, Grant Okawa and Justin Gideon with a run coming in on Gideon’s hit. Canice Ejoh would then hit a sacrifice fly to right which allowed Okawa to score and tie the game at two. Hamilton regained the lead in their half of the inning when Beer scored Tyler Hardie on a sac fly to centre.

Adam Odd tied the game for Burlington in the top of the fourth with a solo home run to right. John Whaley would score later on in the inning one a sac fly by Gideon to give the Bandits a one run lead.

The Bandits would open the flood gates as they scored one in the fifth and five in the sixth to make it a 10-3 lead through five and a half innings.

Hamilton crept a little closer in the sixth, scoring three times. Jake Foden singled with the bases loaded to bring in a run and was followed by Osborne who hit a two-RBI single to make it 10-6. Kevin Hussey would get one run back for Burlington in the top of the seventh on an RBI single to regain a five run lead on Hamilton.

Osborne would score in the eighth to get within four runs on the Bandits on a Celestijn single. Then in the ninth the Cardinals made an impressive comeback, scoring four times while sending nine batters to the plate. Foden started the scoring with a sacrifice fly that brought deVos in across the plate. A walk to Osborne and Marcus Dicenzo being hit by a pitch loaded up the bases for Hardie who would single in a pair of runs. Celestijn then singled to score Dicenzo and tie the game at 11.

Hamilton completed the comeback in the tenth, David Vanderby and Jake Foden each drew one out walks. Vanderby would advance to third on consecutive wild pitches during Foden’s time at bat. With runners on the corners Osborne came to the plate and hit a single to score Vanderby and give the Cardinals a victory.

Baker, who reached base in all his plate appearances, also contributed in the field making a diving grab on a line drive that would of given Burlington at least a single in the seventh. He would also make a great stop and dove to first in the top of the tenth to get the final out to retire the side.

For the Cardinals, Rhys Tapper went five and a third innings without getting a decision. He would give up seven runs, only five were earned, on seven hits, walking four and striking out one. Burroughs picked up the win in relief of Tapper, going four and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs, only one was earned, on five hits, walking three and striking out two.

For Burlington, Jack Dennis went five innings, allowing six runs, one of which was unearned, on ten hits, walking three and striking out five. Brandon Hillier would come in during the sixth inning, allowing a run on one hit, walking four and striking out two over two innings. Odd would then move from second to the mound and go two innings, allowing four runs on four hits, walking one and picking up a strikeout. Liam Munshi took the loss, going a third of an inning, allowing one run on one hit, walking two and striking out one batter.

The Cardinals return to action on Tuesday night when they travel to London to face the Majors at Labatt Park starting at 7:35pm.

Winning Pitcher: Russ Burroughs (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Liam Munshi (0-2)

Burlington Hitters
Justin Gideon – 2 for 4 (2 Singles, Walk, Sacrifice Fly, Run, 2 RBIs)
Nolan Pettipiece – 2 for 4 (2 Singles, Walk, Run, RBI)
Grant Okawa – 2 for 5 (2 Singles, Reached on Error, Strikeout, 2 Runs)

Hamilton Hitters
Dre Celestijn – 5 for 6 (5 Singles, Run, 2 RBIs)
TJ Baker – 3 for 5 (3 Singles, 2 Fielder’s Choices, Walk, Run)
Jake Osborne – 2 for 4 (2 Singles, 3 Walks, Strikeout, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs)

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