Big win for Bantam Cardinals

Special to the RTT

On Canada Day the Amherstburg Bantam Cardinals hosted a game against the biggest and best team in the league.  Most of the students from Malden Public were in attendance being grad week and Riverside’s ace pitcher Matt Bondy was coming to town against the Bantam Cardinals (we have two Malden students as well.)

Manager Kris Meloche said this was probably the best game he had ever witnessed this group play from top to bottom and in the field. Right off the hop Matt’s first pitch was a mid 70’s fastball high and tight on the Cards number one batter Ryan Wismer (a classmate of Matt’s) to try to shake him a little. Ryan was aggressive in the box and managed a nine-pitch strike out, a good at bat. Cory Burns had a hit in the first and was left stranded at third.

Taking the mound for the Bantam Cards was ace pitcher Eric Parker who allowed a hit but left the runner stranded at third as well.

Plays were made all over the field by both teams, as the game was very quick, at one point Parker had two four pitch innings!

Bondy (Riverside) and Parker would duel into the fifth inning when Riverside pulled Bondy to make way for another top five pitcher in the county Lucas Lalonde, a hard throwing lefty they faced often last season when he was with Leamington.

In the bottom of the fifth, he walked three out of the first four batters and with one out, Ryan Scott got on a pitch and drove it to the outfield scoring Chris Wismer, the only run that would cross the plate.

Parker would throw 78 pitches to complete this game without a walk and four strikeouts, the defense behind him on this day were giants, only allowing one error and having Riverside runners at second and third three times through out the game and not breaking.

Defensively they allowed two hits no walks no runs and one error and offensively they had three hits, four walks and one run scored.

Ryan Scott called the whole game at the dish, (Malden Public)…GO CARDINALS!

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