Amherstburg Cardinals

Sr. Cards win two out of three games on weekend

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team won two of three games on the weekend to improve their record to 9-6 on the Essex County Senior League baseball season.

In Friday night’s action, the Sr. Cardinals split a doubleheader against the Woodslee 35+ team.

The two teams played a pair of five inning games, with Woodslee taking the first game 8-4. Manager Dennis Ouellette said the 35+ team is a good one.

Amherstburg pitcher Mitch Lepine (17) tags first base on a ground ball play on the infield. Lepine pitched a one-hitter in his team's 1-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader last Friday night.

Amherstburg pitcher Mitch Lepine (17) tags first base on a ground ball play on the infield. Lepine pitched a one-hitter in his team’s 1-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader last Friday night.

“They got seven runs in two innings,” said Ouellette. “They are a very good hitting team, there’s no doubt about it.”

The Woodslee 35+ team plays good defense as well, Ouellette added, and while the Cardinals hit the ball hard in the first game, they ran up against some good gloves on the infield.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Mitch Lepine was able to counter the strong Woodslee 35+ bats. Lepine pitched very well, holding the Orioles to one hit in a 1-0 Amherstburg victory.

The Cardinals threatened in the second inning as they loaded the bases with no one out. However, a double play saw runners retired at home and at first, keeping the game scoreless. After a walk re-loaded the bases, a good play by the Woodslee shortstop kept the game scoreless.

Amherstburg left a runner on third in the third inning and after another scoreless inning in the fourth, the only run of the game was scored in the top of the fifth. The Cardinals loaded the bases once again and got a run across after a wild pitch allowed Nick Price to score from third base.

Nick Price takes a swing at a pitch during the second game of a doubleheader July 14 against the Woodslee 35+ team. Price scored on a wild pitch later in the game, the only run in a 1-0 Cardinals' win. Amherstburg lost the first game of the doubleheader 8-4.

Nick Price takes a swing at a pitch during the second game of a doubleheader July 14 against the Woodslee 35+ team. Price scored on a wild pitch later in the game, the only run in a 1-0 Cardinals’ win. Amherstburg lost the first game of the doubleheader 8-4.

“I felt really good, really strong,” said Lepine. “We played error-free baseball. It was our best defensive game of the year.”

Lepine said they struggled in the first game of the doubleheader but they played well in the nightcap. He believed it was his best game of the season on the mound.

“It’s easy when your defense is playing well,” he said.

The Sr. Cardinals met Woodslee’s senior team Sunday afternoon as well. The Cardinals and Orioles played a high scoring affair with Amherstburg taking a 9-6 decision.

The Cardinals are back in Woodslee July 18, after the July 19 issue of the RTT went to press, to battle the Woodslee junior team. Their next home game is July 26 at the Libro Centre against Walker Homesites starting at 7:30 p.m.

Sr. Cards lose one, win one over the past week

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team lost a game and won a game over the past week.

The Cardinals first game of the week was an error-filled game against the Tecumseh Sr. team last Wednesday night at the Libro Centre.

Zack O’Donnell had a solid effort on the mound but mistakes in the field kept innings alive and it came back to bite Amherstburg and contributed to their 8-5 loss. The Thunder scored in every inning but the second, fifth and seventh, as they put up two runs in the first, two in the third, one in the fourth and three in the sixth inning.

Sr. Cardinals third baseman Brady Levack (12) tries to tag a Tecumseh base runner during July 5 action at the Libro Centre.

Sr. Cardinals third baseman Brady Levack (12) tries to tag a Tecumseh base runner during July 5 action at the Libro Centre.

The three in the sixth proved to be the difference as Amherstburg had crawled back in the fifth inning, tying the game at five. Errors proved costly for Tecumseh as well in the bottom of the fifth. A pair of bases loaded errors resulted in four runs scoring – two off of each error – with Brendon Seguin driving in the fifth run with a single.

Brady Levack went two-for-three in the game for the Sr. Cardinals.

“We made too many errors,” said coach Cliff Bechard. “That cost us the game.”

Bechard praised O’Donnell and said he pitched well.

“He just didn’t have the support behind him,” he said.

The inability to score in any inning but the fifth was the result of not getting the key hit when they needed it, Bechard added. The Cardinals were able to put runners in scoring position, but couldn’t drive them home in most of the innings.

“We just couldn’t get that key hit. That was costly for us.”

Amherstburg centrefielder Cody Brown reaches up to make a catch.

Amherstburg centrefielder Cody Brown reaches up to make a catch.

The Cardinals were on the road Sunday and won a high-scoring affair in Leamington. Amherstburg won an 11-10 decision.

Amherstburg now has seven wins and five losses on the 2017 season.

The Cardinals have only one more regular season home game left, and that is not until July 26 when they host Walker Homesites. In the meantime, they have three straight games in Woodslee including a Friday night game against the Woodslee 35+ team. They are back in Woodslee Sunday for a game against the Woodslee Sr. team and play the Woodslee Jr. team next Tuesday night.

Shorthanded Sr. Cardinals rally to defeat Essex Srs.

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team was shorthanded last Wednesday but that didn’t stop them from picking up a victory.

The Cardinals had the minimum of nine players for the night game at the Libro Centre but they still rallied and pulled out a 6-5 win. The Cardinals were down 4-1 at one point, said Cliff Bechard, but still rallied on several occasions to overtake Essex and claim the victory.

Bechard, who coaches the team with Dennis Ouellette, was pressed into action due to the low number of players but got on base four times in the nine-inning game.

“I had a good game for an old guy,” Bechard joked.

Cliff Bechard awaits a pitch in Amherstburg’s at bat during the eighth inning of the June 28 game at the Libro Centre.

Cliff Bechard awaits a pitch in Amherstburg’s at bat during the eighth inning of the June 28 game at the Libro Centre.

The Cardinals got a run on an RBI single in the first inning from Brad Lepine and scored two runs on an error in the bottom of the sixth. Amherstburg forced extra innings in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a Josh Sikich double that tied the game at four. The Cardinals left the bases loaded that inning, however,

After Essex took the lead 5-4 in the eighth, the Cardinals rallied again thanks to a passed ball that scored a run. Essex loaded the bases in the ninth but failed to score and that allowed Amherstburg to win the game in the bottom of that inning thanks to an RBI single from Mac Ouellette.

A running catch in right-centre field by Brad Lepine saved the game, Bechard believed, but he also credited Mitch Lepine for a strong effort on the mound.

“With only nine guys, it was a great game,” said Mitch Lepine, who picked up the win.

Bechard added the Cardinals’ defense was strong as well.

“It was a well played game by both teams,” he said.

The Cardinals were to face Walker Homesites Friday night at Mic Mac Park in Windsor but the game was rained out.

Amherstburg is back in action Wednesday night at home against the Tecumseh Sr. team at 7:30 p.m. They hit the road for a Sunday afternoon game in Leamington starting at 2 p.m.

The Cardinals are now 6-4 on the 2017 Essex County Senior League season.

Sr. Cardinals win one and lose one in two games over the past week

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team suffered a setback in Essex Sunday afternoon.

The Cardinals lost 7-4 to the Yellow Jackets’ senior team. The loss dropped Amherstburg to 4-2 on the season in Essex County Senior League action.

The Cardinals started the week Wednesday night with a 15-9 victory over Leamington.

Matt Bassingthwaighte tries to bare hand a bunt that was laid down by a Leamington batter during last Wednesday night’s 15-9 Amherstburg victory. The Cardinals hit the road Sunday but lost 7-4 to the Essex senior team.

Matt Bassingthwaighte tries to bare hand a bunt that was laid down by a Leamington batter during last Wednesday night’s 15-9 Amherstburg victory. The Cardinals hit the road Sunday but lost 7-4 to the Essex senior team.

Leamington built a 7-4 lead after three innings but Amherstburg outscored them 11-2 the rest of the way.

Leamington scored six of their runs in the second inning in what the Amherstburg coaching staff said was largely the result of errors and walks, but the Cardinals had six-run inning of their own in the fourth inning. Nick Price got the ball rolling with an RBI single, soon followed by bases loaded walks to Brady Levack and Josh Sikich. Matt Bassingthwaighte had the big hit of the inning when he knocked in three more runs with a double.

Amherstburg gave themselves some insurance in the bottom of the sixth inning. The first two runs came into score that inning thanks to a dropped fly ball in right field. Cole Lepine drove home two more with a double with the fifth run of the inning being scored thanks to another error.

Cole Lepine, who had a double and a triple on the night, said he was “just seeing the ball well” and managed to drive the ball to the gap.

Amherstburg’s Brady Levack (12) tries unsuccessfully to get out of the way of a pitch last Wednesday night against Leamington. The Cardinals used big fourth and sixth innings to pull away and capture a 15-9 win. Their next home game is June 21 against the Woodslee seniors starting at 7:30 p.m.

Amherstburg’s Brady Levack (12) tries unsuccessfully to get out of the way of a pitch last Wednesday night against Leamington. The Cardinals used big fourth and sixth innings to pull away and capture a 15-9 win. Their next home game is June 21 against the Woodslee seniors starting at 7:30 p.m.

After the Cardinals got down in the game, Cole said his teammates didn’t stop working.

“We kept fighting and started scoring some runs,” he said. “We ended up winning big.”

Bassingthwaighte added “we were down and we battled hard.” He added he was swinging the bat well and credited his teammates for helping him with his swing.

The Cardinals had lost their first game of the season the previous Wednesday against Tecumseh U18 but that was put behind them quickly against Leamington.

“It’s good to get back in the win column,” said Bassingthwaighte.

The Cardinals play on the road Saturday against the Tecumseh Green Giants 35+ team at Cullen Field starting at 7 p.m. Their next home game is June 21 against the Woodslee senior team at 7:30 p.m.

Sr. Cards lose first game of the season

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team suffered their first loss of the regular season last Wednesday night.

The Cardinals, who now have three wins and one loss on the 2017 Essex County Senior League season, dropped a 5-3 decision to the Tecumseh U18 team at the Libro Centre’s premier diamond.

Amherstburg's Cole Lepine takes a rip at a pitch during the first inning of the May 31 game against Tecumseh U18.

Amherstburg’s Cole Lepine takes a rip at a pitch during the first inning of the May 31 game against Tecumseh U18.

Things started well for the Cardinals as they took an early lead. After Tecumseh scored in the top half of the first inning, Amherstburg responded with three in their half of the frame. Josh Sikich drove home a run with an RBI double with Matt Bassingthwaighte following that up shortly thereafter with an RBI single. Zack O’Donnell had the third RBI of the inning as his sacrifice fly scored a run.

The Cardinals couldn’t manage to score again on the night but Tecumseh slowly mounted a comeback. A two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning tied the score with the visitors adding two more in their half of the seventh inning.

Coach Dennis Ouellette focused on the fact the Cardinals’ usually reliable defense wasn’t as sharp last Wednesday, as they committed five errors.

“We hadn’t made five errors this year so far,” said Ouellette. “That was the bottom line.”

Second baseman Nick Price awaits a throw as a Tecumseh baserunner slides in behind him.

Second baseman Nick Price awaits a throw as a Tecumseh baserunner slides in behind him.

The Cardinals have had good defense and pitching so far, but Ouellette noted the latter continued against Tecumseh.

“Overall, I was happy with the pitching,” he said.

Ouellette did point out that Tecumseh did get the leadoff man on in six of the seven innings.

“That put us behind the eight-ball every inning,” said Ouellette.

Amherstburg was supposed to play the Essex senior team Sunday at the Libro Centre but that game was called off due to a lack of players. The Cardinals host Leamington tonight (June 7) at 7:30 p.m. before heading to Essex Sunday for a game against the Essex Srs.