Cardinals lose two straight, Woodslee claims senior league crown

 

Amherstburg’s Cody Brown slides safely into third during action in the Essex County Senior League final. Amherstburg lost two games to Woodslee last Sunday afternoon.

Amherstburg’s Cody Brown slides safely into third during action in the Essex County Senior League final. Amherstburg lost two games to Woodslee last Sunday afternoon.

Amherstburg’s Mike Purdie delivers to the plate during Sunday’s Essex County Senior League final.

Amherstburg’s Mike Purdie delivers to the plate during the Essex County Senior League final Aug. 17.

By Ron Giofu

 

It was a frustrating day for the Amherstburg Cardinals senior men’s baseball team last Sunday.

Needing one win to claim the Essex County Senior League championship, the Cardinals couldn’t find a way to get one as they lost a pair of games to the Woodslee Orioles which enabled the Orioles to take their third straight league title.

Amherstburg was undefeated entering Sunday’s play, having won 9-4 against Harrow Friday night and 8-5 against Tecumseh Saturday in the double-elimination playoff tournament. Woodslee had lost a game entering Sunday but won 2-0 in the first game of the day and 9-5 in the winner-take-all final game later in the day.

Woodslee’s Willie Froese started both games for the Orioles and kept the Cardinals off-balance in both. The only run he allowed was in the top of the sixth inning in the second game on a Josh Sikich RBI force-out, which made the score 4-1 Woodslee at that point. The Orioles tacked on five in their half of the sixth, but facing a fresh pitcher, the Cardinals attempted a comeback. Amherstburg scored four in the seventh inning and left the bases loaded to end the game.

Mac Ouellette had an RBI single in the top half of the seventh, followed by an RBI bounce-out by Brendan Seguin. Sikich then contributed a two-run single to round out the scoring.

“We didn’t get our bats going until (Froese) was out of the game,” said right fielder Mark Beaudoin. “(Woodslee) got the breaks, too. It was their day.”

Beaudoin added the Cardinals showed “a never say die attitude” and tried to mount a comeback.

“I’m proud of the guys and how we played all season,” said Beaudoin.

The Cardinals finished third in the regular season, second in the playoffs and the team and Beaudoin added they are looking to improve on that in the OBA tournament Labour Day weekend in Port Lambton.

“Maybe we’ll finish first in the OBA’s,” he said.

 

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