Cliff Bechard

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, lose one over the past week

 

By RTT Staff

 

The past week had mixed results for the Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team.

The Cardinals hosted the Woodslee Orioles Sunday afternoon and lost a 3-0 decision. Early mistakes doomed the home team as Woodslee put up all three runs in the first inning and didn’t look back from there.

It was a different story last Wednesday night at the Libro Centre, as the Cardinals got the bats going and routed the visiting Harrow junior team 10-0. That game ended after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Amherstburg first baseman Cliff Bechard swings at a pitch Sunday afternoon.

Amherstburg first baseman Cliff Bechard swings at a pitch Sunday afternoon.

Amherstburg now sits at 12-6 on the 2016 season, three games back of first place Woodslee.

A scheduled game against the Essex juniors last Thursday night in Essex was postponed.

The Cardinals are back in action Wednesday night, also at the Libro Centre, with Walker Homesites being the opponent. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. They will then meet Walker Homesites again Thursday night, this time in LaSalle at the Vollmer Diamonds, with first pitch of that contest scheduled for 6:15 p.m.