Bantam Cards fall to Windsor Stars

By Joel Charron

After Friday night 7-3 loss to the Windsor Stars, The Amherstburg Bantam Cardinals felt like they let one slip through their hands.

Coming into Friday’s game, the Bantam Cards were riding a two-game winning streaking that included a 1-0 win over Triple A team Riverside.

“I’m really happy with the way we are playing right now,” said manager Kris Meloche. “We’re making plays all over the field, the bounces just didn’t go our way tonight.”

Ryan Wismer took the mound, shutting down the Windsor offense in the opening innings of the bout.

Wismer helped his own cause in the first inning by getting walked on base then stealing second base, to put himself in scoring position.  Moments later, Wismer would move to third and Eric Parker would ground into a fielders choice, driving in Wismer for the first run of the game.

Ryan Wismer is congratulated by Chris Wismer as he crosses the plate to give the Bantam Cards an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Amherstburg would hold that lead until the top of the third inning. The Cards would record two quick outs before Wismer would load the bases. The Cards had a chance to escape the inning unharmed, however an error by Parker would allow a run to score and the inning to continue. Shortly after, Riley Meloche came in to relive Wismer. Meloche would induce a pop fly to get them out of the inning.

The Stars scored five runs, all with two outs and the ball never leaving the infield.

“That was all my fault, I really should have had that ground ball,” said Parker of his error.

The Cards would get one run back in the bottom of the fourth with Parker once again driving home Wismer for his second RBI of the game.

In the top of the sixth the Stars tacked on two more runs, giving them a 7-2 lead with only six outs for the Bantam Cards to do some damage,

After being shut down in the bottom half of the sixth, the Cards made things interesting in the home half on the seventh inning.

Chris Wismer’s single to left center field scored Cory Burns and put Parker on third.

Chris would steal second base, giving the Cards runners on second and third. Ryan Scott would fly out to center before Erik Bauer took first on balls, however Marshall Laing couldn’t put the ball out of the infield as he grounded to first for the final out of the game.

Despite the loss, Meloche was upbeat about the game.

“They (Amherstburg) looked really good,” he said. “They’re doing the work and you can see them getting better on a daily basis.”

“We can beat them (Windsor.) I know that and the players know that. We had a meltdown, a situational meltdown,” he continued.

After the game, Parker blamed himself for the loss.

“If I don’t make that error on the third, we win this game,” he said. “This team is no better then the team we beat on Wednesday (Walkerville.)”

Parker mentioned that the team is gaining confidence with every game and stated if the team “comes to play” they can beat anyone. He also added that the team is playing much better in the field, he credits that to players just taking their time and making the “simple” play.

“With our defense now, we should win a lot of games,” said Parker.

It didn’t take long for the Bantams to get back on track. They took out Essex Sunday night 7-5. The Bantam Cards are now 7-10 on the season and 6-4 in their last 10 games.

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