Royals pushed to the brink

by Jake Eagle

HAMILTON – After finishing 19 games back of Guelph in the regular season, the Hamilton Cardinals are one win away from eliminating the Royals from the IBL quarter-final.

Ryan Burnside went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run for the Cardinals in Sunday’s 7-4 win at home.

Hamilton scored six times in the fourth inning and didn’t look back. Laine Renaud and Jacob Underwood each had a pair of hits and an RBI, Jeremie Veilleux went 2-for-4 and scored a run, while Dennis Dei Baning, Luis Jean, Robin Fox-Pappas and Maclean Van Raay all drove in a run.

Cardinals’ starter Corben Peters (1-0) was lifted with two outs in the sixth after giving up four runs on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Daury Torrez fanned four over 3.1 one-hit innings for the save.

Conner Morro went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run for the Royals. Dalton Pompey singled twice and drove in a run, and Justin Interisano and Brendan Keys each had an RBI.

Brandon Deans (0-1) was touched for six runs on six hits over three innings.