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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.

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 suffer pair of defeats

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Last week wasn’t the best week for the Amherstburg Cardinals senior men’s baseball team.

The Cardinals opened the week with a 5-1 loss to the Woodslee senior team Wednesday night at the Libro Centre.

The teams traded runs in the first inning but Woodslee would do the only scoring from there. The Orioles tacked on three runs in the fourth inning and added another insurance run in the top of the seventh inning. Matt Bassingthwaighte led the offense for the Cardinals by going 2-for-4.

Amherstburg third baseman Brady Levack awaits a throw as the Woodslee base runner slides in behind him. The senior Cardinals were on the short end of a 5-1 decision last Wednesday night at the Libro Centre.

Amherstburg third baseman Brady Levack awaits a throw as the Woodslee base runner slides in behind him. The senior Cardinals were on the short end of a 5-1 decision last Wednesday night at the Libro Centre.

“We just couldn’t get clutch hits at the right time,” Cardinals first baseman Mac Ouellette said after Wednesday night’s game. “Mitch Lepine pitched a heck of a game.”

Ouellette said it was “one of those games” for the Cardinals.

“We had our chances,” he said. “We couldn’t score the guys.”

Mitch Lepine pitches to the plate during last Wednesday’s game against the Woodslee Orioles senior team.

Mitch Lepine pitches to the plate during last Wednesday’s game against the Woodslee Orioles senior team.

The Cardinals had a quick turnaround before their next game, which was a Sunday afternoon game in Harrow against their senior team. However, the result didn’t go the Cardinals’ way.

Harrow defeated Amherstburg 9-5 to drop the Cardinals’ 2017 regular season record to five wins and four losses.

The next game for the Cardinals is Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at home against the Essex Sr. team. Amherstburg travels to Soulliere Field in Windsor Friday night for an 8:30 p.m. game against Walker Homesites.

Sr. Cards down Essex Jrs. to improve to 3-0

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals are 3-0 in Essex County Senior League play after a win Sunday afternoon.

The Cardinals downed the Essex Jrs. 6-3 Sunday at the Libro Centre. The teams were tied at two after three innings but the fourth inning proved to be the difference maker.

Amherstburg’s Brad Lepine (29) slides home safely during a four-run fourth inning last Sunday afternoon against the Essex junior team.

Amherstburg’s Brad Lepine (29) slides home safely during a four-run fourth inning last Sunday afternoon against the Essex junior team.

After Essex went up 3-2 in the top half of the inning, Amherstburg scored four of their own in the bottom half. Brad Lepine crossed the plate with the first of the four runs after he scored on a wild pitch. Josh Sikich drew a bases loaded walk a few batters later before Anthony Sauro drove in a pair of runs with a single.

There was no scoring the rest of the way, but there were a bit of fireworks at the end. Tempers flared as the two teams came onto the field with a shove to Amherstburg’s Mac Ouellette being the spark to the incident. The two teams were quickly separated and returned to their dugouts.

Amherstburg coach Dennis Ouellette commented that there was bad blood that carried over from last season.

Mitch Lepine picked up the win on the mound and played down the post-game issues, focusing on the Cardinals’ win.

“It was a good team game,” said Mitch. “Everyone played a part. Everyone had a role. The pitchers did great and we had good at-bats.”

Brady Levack (12) fields a ball at second base during Sunday afternoon action versus Essex.

Brady Levack (12) fields a ball at second base during Sunday afternoon action versus Essex.

As for his own performance, Mitch Lepine said “I was trying to throw strikes and let the defense do their jobs and they did.”

A game against the Harrow junior team originally scheduled for last Wednesday did not occur because the Harrow team has folded. The Cardinals were supposed to play their first road game in Tecumseh last Thursday against the Tecumseh senior team but that was rained out.

Their next game is Wednesday night at home against Tecumseh 18U at 7:30 p.m. before returning to the Libro Centre Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. for a game against the Essex Srs.