Cards qualify for OBA tourney

Finish second in Listowel

The Kincardine mosquito Cardinals have earned a berth at the Ontario Baseball Association  championship tournament.

Kincardine will travel to Belle River for the OBA tourney on Labour Day weekend after finishing second at the WOBA championships in Listowel on the weekend.

Kincardine opened the tourney Saturday morning with an 8 a.m. win over Owen Sound. This game was al Kincardine, with a  final score of 17-7.

Ryan Renaud, who broke his thumb earlier in the summer and is recovering from the operation, got the start for the Cardinals on the hill, later being relieved by Cam Lamont before Anthony Travale came in to close.  It took the team a few innings to look comfortable, said coach Steve Travale, but they settled in nicely when they did to pick up an important first win.

The second game was delayed several hours, and finally got underway at 5:30 p.m. Exeter, who defeated the Cards in a Mitchell tourney earlier this year  with a late inning rally, edged out the Cardinals 4-3 in a back-and-forth affair.  Travis Anderson started on the mound,  and Anthony Travale took over in the second inning, allowing just one hit over three innings of work. Anthony Travale pitched the final inning. This game featured some huge defensive plays, said the coach, pointing to a double play turned by shortstop Tanner Reid and a diving snatch of a ground ball from Liam Colhoun.

Kincardine then had to play just 30 minutes later at a different diamond against Mitchell. After just two innings , however, the game was rained out, and would resume the next morning.

 Brody Hewitt started on the mound, and was throwing some heat and pinpoint accuracy. He had plenty of support too – the bats were working and  Zach Wall made a huge play at third. Carson Stevenson and Renaud showed great hustle, and Cam Lamont made a crucial out on a long  fly ball. Kincardine took this game 7-5.

Kincardine faced the defending WOBA champs from St. Mary’s Sunday afternoon, and Kincardine showed some nerves   with some early errors. St. Mary’s scored first, and chipped away at the Cards. Kincardine put up four runs, but couldn’t keep up with St. Mary’s to finish second  of 14 teams. In the Tier  1 mosquito division.