Mac Ouellette

Sr. Cards now 5-4 after recent Essex County Senior League action

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team won one and lost two in recent game action.

The Sr. Cardinals lone game last week was in Woodslee, where they battled the Woodslee Orioles junior team. The game was a high scoring affair that saw the Orioles defeat the Cardinals 11-10.

The Cardinals, who now have five wins and four losses on the 2018 season, lost 10-1 to Essex June 16 at the Libro Centre. It was a make-up game from a previous rain-out but it turned out to be an off-night for the Cardinals, who made several errors that only compounded their problems.

After Essex built a 5-0 lead in the second inning, the Cardinals scored their only run in the bottom of that inning thanks to an RBI infield hit by Nick Price.

Essex would score three more in the fourth and two more in the sixth and kept Amherstburg off the scoreboard, though the Cardinals would load the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning.

“I don’t think we can make excuses for that game,” said Price, who had three hits on the night. “We need to throw that one under the carpet and forget about it. I think we’ll have a better effort on Tuesday.”

The Cardinals were missing some players against Essex but Price said that was no excuse, noting their numerous errors.

Matt Bassingthwaighte gets a hit during recent game action against the Tecumseh Thunder senior team at the Libro Centre.

“It wasn’t our day,” he said.

While Price had a good game personally, the overall result put a damper his own effort.

“Any time you personally have a good game, it’s a good feeling,” he said. “We still lost the game so that overshadows anything personally.”

The Cardinals played the Tecumseh Sr. team June 13 and came out with an 8-7 victory. Amherstburg squandered a 5-1 lead and trailed 7-5 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Matt Bassingthwaighte had an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth and after Price’s infield hit scored the tying run in the seventh, Bassingthwaighte walked with the bases loaded to push home the winning run a few batters later.

“It had its ups and downs,” starting pitcher Mac Ouellette said of the Tecumseh game. “We pulled out the win.”

Amherstburg second baseman Nick Price (2, left) attempts to tag a Tecumseh baserunner during a recent game at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg won the game 8-7.

Ouellette said they have to play complete games, saying they often play well for several innings in a game then get complacent at points.

The Cardinals’ next game is tonight (Wednesday) at the Libro Centre against the Harrow senior team. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Amherstburg and the Tecumseh 35+ team are scheduled to play Monday evening on the Willie Horton Field of Dreams at the Corner Ballpark in Detroit. The Corner Ballpark is located on the former Tiger Stadium site.

Sr. Cards split doubleheader in Harrow

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team split a doubleheader Sunday afternoon in Harrow.

The Harrow Blues used five runs on six hits to defeat the Cardinals 5-1 in the first half of the doubleheader with the Cardinals and Blues combining for 22 runs in the second game, a 15-7 Amherstburg victory.

In the second game, Amherstburg led 5-4 after two innings and added another in the third. After Harrow tied it 6-6 with two runs in the fourth inning, Amherstburg took control in the top half of the fifth inning with seven runs.

Harrow got one back in the bottom of sixth but Amherstburg added two more in the seventh to round out the scoring.

“It was a team effort in the second game,” said Mitch Lepine, who was the starting and winning pitcher in the second game.

Amherstburg first baseman Mac Ouellette battles the sun as he goes and catches a fly ball in foul territory during Sunday’s doubleheader in Harrow. Harrow won the first game 5-1 but Amherstburg won the second 15-7.

The Cardinals hit the ball hard all day, he added, but said they found the holes and got a few breaks due to errors in game two.

The offensive explosion in the second game was due to both teams being able to put the bat on the ball consistently.

“Both teams are good hitting teams,” said Lepine. “Our defense held up and we put up a few more runs than they did.”

The Cardinals’ record is now 3-1 after Sunday afternoon’s doubleheader.

Amherstburg and Essex played last Wednesday and while the game got to the bottom of the fourth inning, heavy rain soon followed and the umpires called the game. It will be made up at a later date.

Amherstburg’s senior team will play the Tecumseh senior team Thursday night at Lacasse Park at 7 p.m. The Cardinals have another road game Sunday in Woodslee starting at 1 p.m.

Sr. Cards open 2018 regular season with win over Woodslee Jr.

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team opened their 2018 Essex County Senior League schedule in a positive way last Wednesday night.

The Cardinals hosted the Woodslee Orioles junior team at the Libro Centre and came away with an 8-2 victory.

Matt Bassingthwaighte (right) successfully steals third base during Amherstburg’s win over Woodslee in senior men’s baseball action at the Libro Centre.

Amherstburg took a 2-0 lead in the second inning and doubled that lead with two more in the fourth inning. After Woodslee cut the lead to 4-2 in their half of the fifth, the Cardinals broke it open in the bottom of that inning with three runs of their own and added one more in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure the victory.

“It was a slow start to the game,” said Cardinals’ first baseman Mac Ouellette. “Our sticks picked up near the middle of the game.”

The Cardinals received solid pitching performances from Tristan Bouchat and Mitch Lepine, Ouellette pointed out. Bouchat pitched the first six innings while Lepine finished things up in the top of the seventh inning.

“We kind of feed off of our pitching,” said Ouellette, who added they have depth in the pitching position this season.

Many of players from last year’s senior Cardinals team have returned this year and Ouellette added they are hoping for better results.

Cole Lepine attempts a bunt during last Wednesday’s game against the Woodslee Jrs. He was called out for being out of the batter’s box.

“We’re looking to improve from last year,” he said.

Amherstburg has a pair of home games this week as they host Tecumseh 18U Wednesday night at the Libro Centre at 7:30 p.m. and the Woodslee Sr. team Sunday at 7 p.m.

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.

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.