Cole Lepine

Sr. Cards lose to Walker Homesites, beat Tecumseh Sr.

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Cardinals’ first game of the week was a dismal 11-2 loss at the hands of Walker Homesites last Wednesday night.

The game was close through five innings as Walker Homesites put up two in the top half of the first inning, which was answered by a Josh Sikich RBI double in the bottom of the inning.
Walker Homesites followed that up with two more in the fifth to go up 4-1. After Amherstburg’s half of the inning, two from the visitors’ side were ejected – including a Walker Homesites’ fan.

Walker Homesites put up five more in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh. Amherstburg got its second run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Cole Lepine’s infield hit scored Matt Bassingthwaighte.

Defense was a key part of the game, as Amherstburg made five errors including a few dropped fly balls in the outfield. On the other hand, Walker Homesites made several nice plays in the field which prevented the Cardinals from scoring more runs.

Cole Lepine (9) slides into third base during last Wednesday night’s Essex County Senior League game at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg lost this game but won Monday night in Tecumseh.

Cole Lepine (9) slides into third base during last Wednesday night’s Essex County Senior League game at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg lost this game but won Monday night in Tecumseh.

Amherstburg manager Dennis Ouellette said they were missing five key players and it showed.

“You can tell that by what happened,” he said.

Mac Ouellette, who played first base and pitched in the loss, said they simply made too many errors.

“It was all errors,” he said. “We didn’t hit either. We’ll bounce back on Sunday.”

Mac Ouellette added “I’d rather get beat playing good defense and playing good ball.” He added that “it’s grind time as we’re trying to get second place for the playoffs and build for the OBA’s.”

The Cardinals were scheduled to play Sunday afternoon in Essex but that game was postponed.

Amherstburg capped the week Monday night at Lacasse Park in Tecumseh and beat the Tecumseh Sr. team 6-3. The win improved the Cardinals’ record to 10-8 on the Essex County Senior League schedule.

The next game for the Cardinals is Friday at 8:30 p.m. against Walker Homesites. That game is scheduled for Soulliere Field in Windsor.

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. Cardinals open season with 8-4 win over Woodslee Jrs.

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior men’s baseball team got their season off on the right foot last Wednesday night.

The Cardinals first game of the 2017 Essex County Senior Baseball League season was an 8-4 victory over the Woodslee Juniors at the Libro Centre. The game was tied at two after three innings but the Cardinals broke it open with five runs in the fourth inning.

Amherstburg's Brad Lepine takes a rip at a pitch during May 10 action against Woodslee.

Amherstburg’s Brad Lepine takes a rip at a pitch during May 10 action against Woodslee.

The five-run fourth inning got started when Dominic Malfara scored on a passed ball. Josh Sikich’s RBI triple scored another run then Sikich scored on an error. Another Woodslee error, this one with the bases loaded, allowed two more runs to cross the plate.

After Woodslee scored a run in the top of the fifth inning, Amherstburg replied in the bottom half of the frame with another run of their own thanks to an RBI single from Mac Ouellette. Woodslee scored one more in the top of the seventh inning but it wasn’t enough and Amherstburg came away with the victory.

“I thought we played pretty well,” said Cole Lepine. “We swung the bats well. The pitching was strong and we made plays on defense.”

The Cardinals won the OBA title last September and Lepine said he hopes they win another. He is a newcomer to this year’s team so “hopefully we repeat.”

Coach Dennis Ouellette said is no doubt they have a deeper pitching staff this season than last.

Zack O'Donnell delivers to the plate during the May 10 win over Woodslee at the Libro Centre.

Zack O’Donnell delivers to the plate during the May 10 win over Woodslee at the Libro Centre.

“We picked up a couple of extra pitchers,” said Ouellette.

Due to recent inclement weather, teams were only able to get in one practice before they played and that included the Cardinals.
“It was trial and error tonight,” Ouellette said after the game.

They were able to get all the new players into the game, he added.

“It was a good first game.”

Ouellette thanked the team’s sponsor – Bob Price Home Inspectors – and pointed out they put the team up an extra night last September when they were at the OBA championship in Forest.