Beaudoin’s walk-off grand slam steals game from Tecumseh U18

By Joel Charron

It’s a swing that Mark Beaudoin will remember for the rest of his life.

The player/manager of the Amherstburg Senior Cardinals blasted a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to steal a 9-8 win over the Tecumseh U18 at the UCCU Complex last Wednesday evening.

Beaudoin’s high fly ball stayed on the right side of the foul pole to right field and snuck just over the fence.

Beaudoin’s blast propelled the Sr. Cards to their seventh straight victory after starting the season on a three game slide.

The 44 year-old couldn’t recall the last time he hit a walk-off homerun.

“I can’t even remember the last time I hit a walk-off. I think I had one back while I was playing pee wee, but that’s a long time ago,” he said.

Beaudoin admits he didn’t think the ball was going to leave the park after the ball came off the bat.

Mark Beaudoin his swamped by teamamtes as he crosses home plate.

“I got under it,” he stated. “The wind was blowing out. It definitely got help from the wind and it barely stayed fair.”

The grand slam was a fitting end to an entertaining game that saw both teams exchange the lead several times.

Tecumseh took it to Amherstburg early, scoring the game’s first three runs after the first innings and led 4-1 after three.

Amherstburg stormed back in the fourth recording four runs, picking up RBI’s from Mack Ouellette, Cal Wasyoowich and Tim Vigueux and led 5-4.

Tecumseh reclaimed the lead in the sixth by scoring four runs to go up 8-5 before Beaudoin’s slams ended it with one swing with one out in the bottom of the seventh.

Beaudoin refused to take all the credit, throwing the equal amounts to lefty Josh Sikich, who sat down 13 batters.

“Josh did a great job keeping us in the game,” he said. “We didn’t really help him tonight, giving up five unearned runs.”

However, Sikich was quite eager to turn the spotlight back on Beaudoin.

“It’s all about Beaudy at the end of the game pulling off a walk-off grand slam,” said Sikich. “He won the game for us.”

Sikich said the team is enjoying the early season success, stating that is a combination of batting and pitching that is contributing to their seven game winning streak. Sikich said this is the first year playing in Amherstburg and so far it’s been a blast.

“This is the most fun I’ve had playing baseball in a long time,” he said.

Assistant coach Dennis Ouellette said he’s enjoyed watching the Seniors play during the winning streak.

“It shows what is happening with them all year. Everyone is chipping in,” he said.

He noted the team plays well even when they fall behind in games.

“It shows total confidence in all our guys,” said Ouellette. “They are not giving up. It’s a total team effort.”

 

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