Essex County Senior League

Sr. Cards’ season ends with loss in Harrow

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The end of the 2017 baseball season has come for the Amherstburg Cardinals senior team.

The Cardinals were eliminated Sunday afternoon in Harrow, as the Blues downed the Cardinals 6-2. Harrow had already won the first game of the best-of-three Essex County Senior League semi-final 4-1 in Amherstburg Aug. 23 and Labour Day OBA tournaments delayed the series until Sunday.

Cole Lepine is tagged out at home plate while trying to score in the fourth inning.

Harrow took a 2-0 lead in the first inning but the Cardinals quickly tied it with two runs in the top of the second inning. Cole Lepine and Brad Lepine both scored on the same error to knot the game at two.

The Cardinals nearly took the lead in the fourth inning but Cole Lepine was tagged out at the plate as he attempted to score with two outs after a double by Matt Lepine.

Harrow would cash in during their half of the fourth inning with three runs, two of them scoring on a double by former Cardinal Matt Spargalo. The Blues left runners on second and third in the fifth but tacked on an insurance run in the sixth to round out the scoring.

Amherstburg’s Brady Levack (12, left) throws
to first base for an out during last Sunday
afternoon’s loss in Harrow.

“We didn’t get timely hitting,” said first baseman Mac Ouellette. “I don’t think we had any hitting at all.”

Ouellette said they made costly errors while crediting the Blues for making good plays in the field in their own right.

It was “an up-and-down year,” he added, but said the Cardinals still have a good core of players.

“It’s a good group of guys,” said Ouellette. “We’ll start recruiting for next year.”

The Cardinals were in Port Lambton for their OBA tournament but finished with one win and two losses. Ouellette said they played similar in the OBA tournament to how they played Sunday afternoon, where they had trouble getting timely hits and made defensive mistakes. That said, Ouellette said they had a good time at the tournament and said he and Mitch Lepine won the Cardinals’ golf outing.

Harrow upends Sr. Cardinals in first game of playoffs

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team didn’t open the Essex County Senior League playoffs in the manner they were hoping.

The Harrow Blues came to the Libro Centre last Wednesday night and defeated Amherstburg 4-1.

The Blues left the bases loaded in the first inning and runners on second and third base in the second only to come away empty handed. Amherstburg opened the scoring in the bottom half of the second inning. Matt Bassingthwaighte crossed home plate thanks to an RBI single from Cole Lepine.

Third baseman Brady Levack throws to first base during last Wednesday night’s game against Harrow.

Third baseman Brady Levack throws to first base during last Wednesday night’s game against Harrow.

Harrow finally broke through in the sixth inning with four runs and were able to keep the Cardinals off the board the rest of the way.

“That was a good game,” commented Amherstburg manager Dennis Ouellette after the game. “It boiled down to two pitches. That was the difference in the game – two pitches.”

The Cardinals travel to Port Lambton for their OBA tournament Labour Day weekend. Following the OBA tournament, the best-of-three series will resume. The Cardinals won their OBA tournament last year.

Matt Bassingthwaighte high-fives his teammates after scoring a run for the Cardinals in the second inning.

Matt Bassingthwaighte high-fives his teammates after scoring a run for the Cardinals in the second inning.

Currently, the second game of the tournament will be Sept. 9 in Harrow at 5 p.m. If necessary, the third and deciding game of the series would be Sept. 10 in Amherstburg at 3 p.m.

Sr. Cards drop final game of regular season

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team finished the season with an 11-9 record after losing 8-4 Friday night against Walker Homesites.

The game was a make-up game from an earlier rain-out and was played at Soulliere Field in Windsor’s Mic Mac Park.

The Cardinals got off to a quick start and led 3-1 going into the bottom of the third inning. However, errors and an inability to get key hits hamstrung Amherstburg the rest of the way. Walker Homesites put up three runs in the third inning, two more in the fourth and one in each of the fifth and sixth innings.

Mac Ouellette (24) awaits the pitch  during fifth inning action last Friday night. Amherstburg lost 8-4 to Walker Homesites and now await to see if they will finish the regular season in second or third place.

Mac Ouellette (24) awaits the pitch
during fifth inning action last Friday night. Amherstburg lost 8-4 to Walker Homesites and now await to see if they will finish the regular season in second or third place.

Amherstburg scored its fourth run in the top of the seventh inning but couldn’t get any more after that.

“We’re just hot and cold,” said manager Dennis Ouellette.

Amherstburg had won two straight games heading into Friday night’s match-up with Walker Homesites. Ouellette touted the most recent game previous to that, a 6-3 win in Tecumseh July 31, as a game where they made few errors and “hit the ball all over the place.”

“We got out here (for the Walker Homesites game) and it’s not the same team,” he added.

Amherstburg Cardinals senior team manager Dennis Ouellette (right) pats Matt Lepine (27) on the back as Lepine comes in to pitch Friday night.

Amherstburg Cardinals senior team manager Dennis Ouellette (right) pats Matt Lepine (27) on the back as Lepine comes in to pitch Friday night.

The Cardinals are still in a battle for second place in the Essex County Senior League, and the first-round playoff bye that comes with it. While Amherstburg’s regular season is finished, the Tecumseh Sr. team has three games to go and could overtake the Cardinals. If Amherstburg finishes third, the playoffs start Aug. 13 but if they end up in second and get the bye, the playoffs would begin Aug. 20 for the Cardinals.

In the meantime, Ouellette said they will get some practices in. That will include infield practice and work on getting the lead-off man out in every inning.

“The first batter seems to get on base too often,” said Ouellette.

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 drop 8-6 decision to Woodslee Jr. team

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team lost a game last Tuesday night against a team they likely should have defeated.

The Cardinals were on the short end of an 8-6 decision, which dropped their overall record to nine wins and seven losses on the 2017 Essex County Senior League season. It was only the second win of the season for the Woodslee Jr. team (2-13).

Amherstburg’s Brad Lepine slides in at home plate in an attempt to score a run against the Woodslee Jr. team.

Amherstburg’s Brad Lepine slides in at home plate in an attempt to score a run against the Woodslee Jr. team.

Amherstburg trailed 8-2 after five innings and tried to mount a comeback but fell just short. The Cardinals put up three runs in the top of the sixth inning, the first run being Cole Lepine scoring from third base on a wild pitch. After Matt Lepine scored on an error, Nick Price crossed the plate with the third run of the inning as he scored on a ground-out.

The Cardinals scored another run in the seventh inning as Cody Brown scored on a wild pitch, but Amherstburg couldn’t get any closer.

“That was tough,” said Cardinals manager Dennis Ouellette, “especially after the way we played the last couple of games.”

The Cardinals had split a doubleheader against Woodslee’s 35-and-over team then beat a strong Woodslee Sr. team.

“We played great games lately,” he said. “This one was not there.”

Cole Lepine singles to left field. Woodslee won the game 8-6.

Cole Lepine singles to left field. Woodslee won the game 8-6.

Ouellette pointed out the Cardinals loaded the bases twice with one out against the Woodslee Jr. team but couldn’t score a run in either instance.

“We definitely didn’t get timely hitting,” said Ouellette. “We probably didn’t get more than five or six hits. We should have got more than that.”

The Sr. Cardinals return home this Wednesday night for a 7:30 p.m. game at the Libro Centre against Walker Homesites. They are also scheduled to play the Essex Jr. team in Essex Sunday at 1 p.m. The Cardinals also have a Monday night game scheduled against the Tecumseh Sr. team next Monday night at Lacasse Park in Tecumseh starting at 7 p.m.