Bantam Cards victorious over Tecumseh

By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Bantam Cardinals showed themselves how good they could be when they stay focused.

On Friday evening the Bantam Cards picked up an impressive 9-5 win over the Tecumseh Rangers at the United Communities Credit Union Complex.

“It’s always nice to beat Tecumseh. No matter where or when,” said manager Kris Meloche.

The team definitely took a step in the right direction, committing only three errors in the game and seemed to have found a cure for their late inning meltdowns.

The Rangers took the early lead in the first inning but was quickly knotted at one as Amherstburg’s Cory Burns made it around the bases on Tecumseh’s errors.

David Beaudoin would give the Bantam Cards a 2-1 lead after taking advantage of  Tecumseh’s sloppy play.

In the bottom of the third, Amherstburg widened the gap with four runs coming across the plate. Burns recorded an RBI while Chris Wismer drove in two runs with a double to right-center field gap, giving the Cards a 6-1 lead.

Burns also did his part on the mound, keeping the Rangers to only two hits while striking out five in three innings of work.

Ryan Scott is focused on the incoming ball as a Tecumseh Rangers tries to move in scoring poistion by stealing third base. The runner was called safe.

Tecumseh cut the score to 6-3, with two runs crossing the plate in the top of the fourth inning.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Cards added three more runs to their total. Beaudoin, Riley Meloche and Eric Bauer all touched home plate off Tecumseh errors.

The Rangers would try to mount a comeback, scoring two runs in the top of the seventh, however the Bantam Cards would shut down the Rangers offense to pick up the win.

“I think we played good defensively and we definitely had the bat going tonight,” said Beaduoin, who went one-for-one with two runs scored and a stolen base. “If we keep playing this way we’re going to get on a long winning streak.”

Meloche believes the Bantam Cards are starting to come together but admits his squad can play better.

“We’re fielding the ball better, our bats are starting to come around but there are still a few errors out there,” said Meloche. “We’ll get that under control. I have a lot of faith in this team this year.”

The Bantam Cards improve their record to 4-6 on the year. The Bantam Cards take the field this Friday against the Riverside Royal at the UCCUC at 6 p.m.

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