Bantam Cardinals receive wake up call from Tecumseh Rangers

 

By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Bantam Cardinals were brought down to earth following a humbling 8-1 loss to the Tecumseh Rangers at the UCCU Complex Sunday night.

The Cardinals suffered only their second loss of the season, however both losses come at the hands of the Rangers.

Amherstburg looked at this game as a measuring stick, playing against another good, quality team, however Tecumseh used that stick to beat the Cardinals down in every aspect of the game.

“We didn’t play our best even though we had our best lineup out there,” said Cory Burns. “We just flat out didn’t perform today.”

Jarrod Kehoe makes a diving catch to steal a base hit from a Tecumseh hitter.

The Rangers got to starting pitcher Riley Meloche quick and early, scoring a run in the first inning of play. Tecumseh would cash in two more runs in the second.

Burns connected with a single up the middle for Amherstburg first and only hit of the game in the bottom of the third innings.

After a few controversial calls, the Cardinals allowed the umpires to rattle their cages and it seemed like as if the wheels were beginning to fall off.

“Our pitching was ok but everything seemed to fall apart today,” said Burns. “Our bats definitely let us down and our defense was just brutal.”

Smelling blood in the water, the Rangers attacked the Amherstburg defense with a barrage of hits in the later innings.  Tecumseh scorched the Cardinals for one run in the fifth, three in the sixth and another in the seventh before Amherstburg scored their first run of the game on a wild pitch with bases loaded.

An interesting string of events began in the sixth innings when Amherstburg relief pitcher Jarrod Kehoe was mysteriously ejected from the game for throwing behind a Tecumseh batter.

Moments later, manager Kris Meloche was ejected for arguing balls and strikes and was shortly followed by third base coach Marc Beaudoin.

“We let the umps get in our head today,” said first base coach Jay Bastein. “It is frustrating when calls aren’t being made but we can’t let thing keep happening, we have to take control out there.”

Bastien credited Tecumseh for a well-played game and noted that he felt the Cardinals’ head weren’t in the game for the first pitch.

“Our boys didn’t come to play,” said Bastien. ‘Right from the first pitch on it just looked like they weren’t in it.’

Bastien pointed to breakdowns in the defense and not being mentally prepared for the matchup as reasons for the loss.

“Tecumseh just showed us that we have some work to do,” stated Bastien.

Despite the loss Burns believes when the Cardinals play their brand of baseball they can beat anyone.

“This is just a bad game,” said Burns. “We can play with the top teams. We are one of the top teams. We just have to forget about it and move on.”

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