Bantams rained out in semi-final


By Josh Howald

The Kincardine bantam Cardinals were holding a 2-0 lead in the second inning of a Sunday morning semi-final when the skies opened up above Connaught Park in Kincardine.

Cameron Klein of the Kincardine OBA bantam Cardinals dives back to first base after a pick-off attempt by Georgina Saturday morning at Connaught Park in Kincardine, (Josh Howald photo)

Heavy rains cut Kincardine's semi-final game, and the second annual Reg Daze Memorial bantam baseball tournament, short.

While the Cardinals didn't get to see the weekend all the way through, they did look good while they rolled to a 3-1 record.

"It was a great first tournament, with contributions coming from all," said coach Warren Beisel Monday morning.

"Playing three games on Saturday and having the strength and determination to compete at an extremely high level was very impressive."

Kincardine opened the tournament with a narrow 4-3 win over Listowel Friday night at Connaught Park.

Bright and early Saturday morning, Kincardine faced Georgina on Tout Field in an entertaining baseball game. The Cardinals trailed 3-2 in the seventh inning, but battled back with two outs to tie the game and force extra innings. Each team started the extra inning with a runner on second base. The bantams got two outs of Georgina, but then allowed a bases loaded double that scored three runs. Kincardine couldn't answer back, and it ended 6-3 for Georgina.

That moved Georgina into a Sunday semi-final and set up a Saturday afternoon game for the Cardinals against Waterloo. The Cards had little trouble with Waterloo and cruised to an 11-1 win.

Kincardine then edged out Mitchell 4-3, the final game of the day for the Cards.

Sunday morning's early morning downpour ended the tournament early for all of the teams participating.

The bantams are comprised of 13 players from the two bantam local league teams, and this was the first time the team had seen game action this season. The next time the bantam OBA Cardinals will see game action will be this Saturday in Mitchell in an 11 a.m. start.