Walker Homesites

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.

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.

Sr. Cardinals win one, lose one over the past week

 

By RTT Staff

 

The past week had mixed results for the Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team.

The Cardinals hosted the Woodslee Orioles Sunday afternoon and lost a 3-0 decision. Early mistakes doomed the home team as Woodslee put up all three runs in the first inning and didn’t look back from there.

It was a different story last Wednesday night at the Libro Centre, as the Cardinals got the bats going and routed the visiting Harrow junior team 10-0. That game ended after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Amherstburg first baseman Cliff Bechard swings at a pitch Sunday afternoon.

Amherstburg first baseman Cliff Bechard swings at a pitch Sunday afternoon.

Amherstburg now sits at 12-6 on the 2016 season, three games back of first place Woodslee.

A scheduled game against the Essex juniors last Thursday night in Essex was postponed.

The Cardinals are back in action Wednesday night, also at the Libro Centre, with Walker Homesites being the opponent. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. They will then meet Walker Homesites again Thursday night, this time in LaSalle at the Vollmer Diamonds, with first pitch of that contest scheduled for 6:15 p.m.