Sr. Cardinals take on Team Saskatchewan in exhibition match up


By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Senior Cardinals were in action Sunday evening, but not against their usual Essex County Senior League foes.

The Sr. Cards played host to a visiting Under 17 team from Saskatchewan, who is preparing to take part in the Canada Cup, which begins Aug. 8 in London, ON.

The U17 Saskatchewan team has already been in Ontario a few days and had tune up games against teams from Oakville, Guelph and Team Ontario.

Saskatchewan U17 head coach Greg Brons said the talent pool is much deeper in Ontario and wanted to get his squad used to a different pace of the game.

“The competition is good in Ontario,” said Brons. “There is a lot of talent out here. We always want to find the best competition that we can.”

Brons said he came across the Sr. Cardinals after making a few phone calls to find opponents from an exhibition game.

“We wanted to play a senior team to get some variety,” explained Brons. “I want my guys to play against some veterans.”

Sr. Cardinals center fielder Josh Sikich lets the ball bounce off his glove during a attempt to snag a fly ball but reaches back to complete the out by catching the ball with his bare hand.

After the U17 Saskatchewan team defeated the Sr. Cards 4-3, Brons was pleased that his team was able to play against a quality team.

“This is a good club,” he said about the Cardinals.  “They take a real swing and pitchers throw strikes and don’t walk anybody. They know when you fall behind you don’t have to throw the ball harder.”

The ages of the players from Team Saskatchewan range from 15-17 and hail mostly from Regina with a few players from Saskatoon and Swift Current.

Sr. Cardinals player/manager Mark Beaudoin said playing the U17 Saskatchewan team was a good opportunity for the team.

“They’re a good ball club. They come to play,” he said.

The score remained tied at zero until the fourth inning when Saskatchewan opened the scoring on an Amherstburg error.

Cal Wasylowich pitched a solid five innings of work and turned the ball off to reliever Adam Ouellette in the sixth.

The Sr. Cardinals bats remained silent until the sixth innings where Nick Price drove a pair with a single and Mack Ouellette cashed in the their third run of the game with a single down the first base line.

S askatchewan responded in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs off six hits. Amherstburg couldn’t muster a late rally in the home half of the inning as the game ended 4-3 in favor of Saskatchewan.

“We had them but they came on in the end and we weren’t able to hang on,” said Beaudoin.

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