Welland's bats come alive in Cards' crushing

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WELLAND -- Six Welland batters had at least two hits as the host Jackfish hammered Hamilton 13-2 Thursday night. 

Brandon Nicholson and Dane Tofteland each had three of Welland's 20 hits. They added three runs and two RBI apiece, while Brendon Dadson went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI. Griffin Keller drove in three on two singles and a double. He also scored twice. Eric Marriott singled three times and Matt Hilderbrandt went 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Jake Harford (1-0) struck out 11 over seven innings for the win. He gave up two runs on eight hits and walked a pair. 

Cards' starting pitcher Chris Lazar (3-3) was touched for 10 runs (seven earned) on 14 hits in five innings. He struck out five and didn't issue a walk. 

At the plate, Justin Gideon went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI, and Tristan Osika singled three times and scored twice. 

Welland (11-10) is tied with Toronto for third in the IBL standings, while Hamilton (9-11) remains in sixth spot.