Mac Ouellette

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.

Sr. Cardinals defeat Walker Homesites twice last week

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team past week was a good one, as they defeated Walker Homesites on back-to-back nights.

The Cardinals played host to Walker Homesites at the Libro Centre last Wednesday night and came away with a 9-7 victory. The two teams met again Thursday night at the Vollmer Complex in LaSalle with Amherstburg winning 11-1 in a game that ended after six innings due to the mercy rule.

Amherstburg’s Dominic Malfara beats out an infield hit during a win over Walker Homesites last Thursday evening in LaSalle.

Amherstburg’s Dominic Malfara beats out an infield hit during a win over Walker Homesites last Thursday evening in LaSalle.

Amherstburg scored in bunches in the latter game, with three runs in the first inning, two in the fourth, four in the fifth and two more runs in the sixth inning.

Mac Ouellette, who went three-for-four with four RBI’s in Thursday night’s contest, said the Cardinals got off to a slow start in Wednesday night’s game but improved 24 hours later.

“We just hit the ball better tonight,” he said. “We didn’t make the errors like we did last night.”

Ouellette added they capitalized on their hits in Thursday night’s game.

Second baseman Nick Price makes a catch in shallow right field for the last out of the game in the Cardinals’ 11-1 win over Walker Homesites last Thursday.

Second baseman Nick Price makes a catch in shallow right field for the last out of the game in the Cardinals’ 11-1 win over Walker Homesites last Thursday.

As for his own performance in the second of the two games, Ouellette said he said he saw the ball well, “put the bat on the ball and had some luck.” He added the team had a short bench in Thursday’s game.

“It was a huge two wins. We came off a tough loss to Woodslee (July 24). It was nice to get back on the winning track the last two nights.”

Amherstburg has won four of their last five and are now 14-6 on the season, good for second place overall.

The Cardinals are at home Wednesday night against the Harrow juniors, in what is their final home game of the regular season. Game time is 7 p.m. The Cardinals conclude the regular season later in the week with a 6:15 p.m. game Friday in Essex before meeting the Harrow senior team in Harrow Sunday at noon.