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Cardinals win slugfest against Jackfish in Intercounty baseball

Hamilton takes 8-run lead through 3 innings and holds on for 13-9 win at home
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HAMILTON – The Hamilton Cardinals took an eight-run lead through three innings and held on for a 13-9 win Sunday at home over Welland.
Luis Bernardo and Andrew Johnston each homered and drove in two for the Cardinals (2-0). Hamilton leadoff batter Brandon Nicholson went 2-for-5 with two RBI, Tyler Duncan drove in two on three singles, and Dennis Dei Baning and Danny Berg each drove in a run. Zach Marriott scored three times.
Mizuki Akatsuka (1-0) earned the win after giving up four runs on five hits with two strikeouts in three innings. Cards’ starter Owen Slater also went three innings and gave up four runs on five hits. He walked four and struck out one.
Ethan Hunt had a home run and three RBI for the Jackfish (1-2). Greyson Barrett went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs, Tyler Dupuis drove in a run on two hits, Robert Mullen singled twice, Brandon Hupe went 3-for-5, Matteo Porcellato doubled twice and scored twice, and Steven Moretto and Ethan Pasco both drove in a run.
Brandon Underhill (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in 2.1 innings. He walked one and struck out two.

Royals pound Panthers  

KITCHENER – Guelph scored in eight different innings and pounded out 21 hits in a 27-6 win at Kitchener Sunday afternoon.
J.D. Williams hit one of four Royals’ home runs and drove in seven. Josh Garton homered twice and had six RBI, and Garrett Takamatsu went 3-for-6 with a home run and six RBI. Blake Simpson went 4-for-5 with four RBI and six runs, Ryosuke Ohaski had three hits and scored five times, David Stanley drove in a run, Ashton Patterson had an RBI and four runs, Mike Cecchetto singled twice and scored twice and J.D. Rosario plated a pair of runs.
Royals’ right-hander Hector Yan (1-0) picked up the win, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits over five innings with three walks and two strikeouts.
Guelph moved to 2-0.
Jett Jarvis led the Panthers (0-2) with two hits, three RBI and a stolen base. Nick Parsons drove in two and Coulson Reidel added an RBI.
Panthers’ starter Carson Hepburn (0-1) was charged with eight runs over 3.1 innings to take the loss. He walked three, struck out one and scattered six hits.

Barnstormers win second straight

TORONTO – Robert Mackie’s solo home run in the top of the eighth inning broke a 4-4 tie and helped the Chatham-Kent Barnstormers edge Toronto 6-4 Sunday afternoon at Christie Pits.
Mackie also doubled and scored three times as Chatham moved to 2-0. Miles Norman drove in two, and Jalen Butcher and Mitsuki Fukuda both had an RBI.
Sam McKinlay (1-0) picked up the win in relief. He allowed one earned run on one hit over two innings, walking two and striking out one. Garret Day pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.
Barnstormers’ starter Kenny Williams went six innings and allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Johnathan Solazzo hit a solo blast for the Leafs (0-3). Jordan Castaldo drove in two on two hits and Marcus Knecht had an RBI.
Dean Christidis took the loss, yielding two runs on two hits in an inning of relief. He walked one and struck out one. Toronto starter Jesse Hodges struck out four over four scoreless innings.

Keys shuts down Red Sox

BRANTFORD – Travis Keys fanned five over eight scoreless innings to lead the London Majors to a 5-1 win Sunday in Brantford.
Keys (1-0) scattered three hits and walked one as London improved to 3-0.
At the plate, Kaiden Cardoso hit a solo home run and Eduardo De Oleo went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Jeremie Veilluex drove in the lone run for Brantford (0-1). Gus Wilson had two hits.
Josh Laukkanen (0-1) took the loss despite giving up a run on three hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out one.

Tuesday, May 21
London at Chatham, 7:35 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22
Kitchener at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 24
Barrie at Hamilton, 7:35 p.m.
Kitchener at London, 7:35 p.m.
Welland at Brantford, 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 25
London at Guelph, 1 p.m.
Toronto at Welland, 1:05 p.m.
Brantford at Barrie, 4:05 p.m.
Hamilton at Chatham-Kent, 7:05 p.m.

Sunday, May 26
Hamilton at London, 1:05 p.m.
Guelph at Chatham-Kent, 1:35 p.m.
Welland at Toronto, 2 p.m.
Brantford at Kitchener, 2 p.m.