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Hamilton Cardinals make late season surge

Hamilton Cardinals make late season surge

The Cardinals overcame a six run deficit to beat Kitchener 17-14 Tuesday and  have only two Intercounty regular season home games remaining – against Kitchener Friday and Welland on Sunday afternoon. With a record of 11-28 they are destined to finish 7th and will play either London, Welland or Guelph in the first round of the playoffs. As the season winds to a close the Cardinals have won five out of their last seven games.

Last weekend two former Toronto Blue Jays invaded the Hamilton Cardinals nest.

Centre fielder Dalton Pompey and pitcher Jose Fernandez faced each other as the Guelph Royals edged the Cardinals 5-4 at Bernie Arbour Stadium last Sunday afternoon.  

Leading off for Guelph, Pompey was two for four at the plate and scored the Royals first run. Fernandez worked two scoreless innings of relief for the Cardinals, allowing only one hit and striking out three batters.

In his only at bat against Fernandez, Pompey drew a walk.

Pompey, a native of Mississauga, played a total of 64 Major League games for the Blue Jays over four seasons. Fernandez, who hails from the Dominican Republic, appeared in 13 games for Toronto in 2018.

For just 10 bucks (only $5 for seniors) Cardinal fans got a peek at two quality players while other rounders fans were spending their brains out just an hour down the QEW at the Rogers Centre.

This reporter, going on 79, spent $15 bucks for the afternoon – $5 to get in and $10 for a Cardinals combo (hotdog, drink and chips). You can’t even park for that in Toronto.

The sad part is that only 212 spectators took advantage of the bargain.

Story and Photos By DENIS GIBBONS

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