Bantam Cardinals pound Harrow for third straight win

 

By Joel Charron

After dropping the first game of the season the Amherstburg Bantam Cardinals have been on a tear.

The Bantam Cards continued their winning ways, picking up their third straight victory with an 11-3 win over the visiting Harrow Bantams Sunday night at the UCCU Complex.

During their three game winning streak, the Cardinals have outscored their opponents 31-12, however it took awhile for the Bantam Cardinals to get going on Sunday night.

In the first three innings Amherstburg fell behind 3-0, while Harrow kept their bats silent with seven strikeouts and no hits.

 

Carter Bates (behind) and Julian Fields both call for the ball and nearly colide for an infield fly. Fields caught the ball as both players avoided each other.

After manager Kris Meloche made a few lineup changes in the fourth, the Amherstburg bats came alive.

Jarrod Kehoe and David Beaudoin each drove in a run with a single and tied the game at 3-3 on a Harrow throwing error.

“We realized we had a ball game to play so we started bearing down and hit the ball,” said Kehoe, who went two for three with three RBI’s.

The Cardinals blew the game open in the fifth innings, capping off a six run inning on the strength of Kehoe and Beaudoin driving in two runs each on singles.

Ryan Wismer and Jordan Bastien both crossed the plate in the sixth innings to round out the scoring.

Beaudoin credited the team’s pitching staff for keeping them in the game until their bats woke up.

“Our pitching really gets us pumped and motivated to play the game,” said Beaudoin, who finished two for three with four RBI’s.    “They kept the game close and once our bats started getting hot we gave them a lead to play with.”

After going hitless in the first half the Cardinals exploded for 10 hits in the final three innings.

“Those guys are an aggressive bunch,” said Meloche. “When they start hitting the yget hits in bunches.”

Meloche said he started his less experienced players then gradually went towards his starters as the game wore on.

“I wanted everyone to see the field,” said Meloche. “The younger guys have  work to do but they are coming along nicely.”

Meloche said the team is really starting to come together.

“We’ve  been waiting for this for a few years now,” he said. “A lot of these boys have been together for awhile and they know how to play together.”

Meloche compared the 2012 version of the Bantam Cardinals to when he played with such players as Mike “Junior” Purdie, Drew Middleton and James Kelly.

“This is the best bantam team I think we’ve ever had,” stated Meloche.

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