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Sr. Cardinals open regular season May 16 at home versus Woodslee Jrs.

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team will open the 2018 season this Wednesday night at home and are encouraged about this season.

Despite two exhibition losses last week, the Cardinals have the bulk of their team back from last year and have added some depth at pitcher

“I’m excited about this year’s team,” said coach Dennis Ouellette. “I’m really optimistic. I love our pitching staff. If the hitting can get going, we’ll be fine.”

The Cardinals will play a 22-game season in the Essex County Senior League with many of their home games on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons at the Libro Centre. The remainder of the regular season looks like this:

Mitch Lepine delivers to the plate during an exhibition game last Thursday night at Lacasse Park in Tecumseh.

MAY

Wednesday, May 16 – vs. Woodslee Jr., 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 19 – at Tecumseh 35+ (Cullen Field), 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23 – vs. Tecumseh Thunder 18U, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 27 – vs. Woodslee Sr., 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 30 – vs. Essex Sr., 7:30 p.m.

 

JUNE

Sunday, June 3 – at Harrow Sr., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (doubleheader)

Thursday, June 7 – at Tecumseh Sr., 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 10 – at Woodslee Sr., 1 p.m.

Wednesday, June 13 – vs. Tecumseh Sr., 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 19 – at Woodslee Jr., 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 24 – at Essex Sr., 1 p.m.

Wednesday, June 27 – vs. Harrow Sr., 7:30 p.m.

Amherstburg’s Nick Price takes a rip at a pitch during an exhbiition game last Thursday night in Tecumseh.

JULY

Monday, July 2 – at Tecumseh 35+ (Willie Horton Corner Ballpark), 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 8 – vs. Woodslee Sr., 1 p.m.

Wednesday, July 11 – vs. Harrow Sr, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 13 – at Woodslee 35+, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 18 – vs. Essex Sr., 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 25 – vs. Tecumseh Sr., 7:30 p.m.

 

AUGUST

Wednesday, August 1 – at Woodslee Sr., 7 p.m.

Wednesday, August 8 – at Essex Sr., 7 p.m.

Sunday, August 12 – at Tecumseh Sr., 7 p.m.

 

AMA Sportsmen Association staying busy this summer

 

The archery program and the air rifle program have both wrapped up for the summer. This year’s season went very well with lots of shooters each week. The AMA Sportsmen Club thanks the kids and adults who shot this year.

A special thank you to the parents and grandparents who brought the kids to the club each week.

On the last night of air rifle, the 17 Scouts and the 2nd Kingsville Boys Scouts joined us for some gun handling and shooting instruction. The archery season ended in fun, as they shot at balloons instead of just paper targets. Both of these programs will resume in October. Watch this paper or the AMA Sportsmen Association website for dates and times.

The AMA Sportsmen Association would like to thank all the members that helped and supported these programs.

The AMA Sportsmen hosted the first of two qualifiers for young archers May 5 wishing to compete in this year’s Ontario Summer Games in London. There were five competitors, each shooting 144 arrows at a target 50 metres away. This is a hard task and takes a lot of stamina. These young competitors did a great job.

The second qualifier is also at the Sportsmen Club June 9 at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in archery should come out and watch. You will be impressed.

The third archery 3-D shoot of the year was held May 6 with 33 shooters out having a little fun playing and trying to shoot in the water and mud. Some said it was just like hunting. The next shoot is Aug. 19 with a 9 a.m. start.

The AMA Sportsmen are hosting the annual Unifor fishing tournament May 20. See postings at your local Unifor hall for times and dates.

The AMA Longbeards, our local chapter of the Canadian Wild Turkey Federation, held its first banquet in February. This event went very well and raised some money to start our mandate to introduce kids and women to the sport of hunting, the conservation of nature and providing habitat for nature. Again, watch this paper or the AMA Sportsmen Association website for more details.

 

The AMA Sportsmen Association’s 35th annual walleye tournament starts June 22 and runs to June 30 with the wrap-up party being July 1. Tickets are sold out. Good luck to all the fishermen, ladies and kids who bought a ticket and plan to fish in this tournament. Also, good luck to the ones who just bought a ticket. See you at the wrap-up party.

The sign-up sheets for the annual Bob Meloche Kids Fishing Derby on Father’s Day (June 17) are at the AMA Sportsmen Club and Canadian Tire Amherstburg. This event is for all kids 12 and under. Get signed up before June 10 and join in on this free event.

The seasonal summer craft sale with 30 local vendors displaying and selling their crafts is on June 23 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Every Saturday, lunch is available at the club from 12-2 p.m. Thursdays starting at noon. The club is open for swapping stories and playing euchre.

For anyone planning an event, the club is accepting bookings.

With these events, there is something for everyone this summer at the AMA Sportsmen Association. Visit the AMA Sportsmen Association at 468 Lowes Side Road. If anyone has questions about the club, call us at 519-736-5706. People can leave a message, and someone will return your call.

People can also visit us on Facebook or check out the website at www.amasportsmen.com.

Hope to see you there!

 

—Submitted by Brian Beattie

Lady Gens advance in girls soccer playoffs

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens soccer team entered the WECSSAA “AA” playoffs undefeated and won their first playoff game.

The final regular season game was May 8 at the Libro Centre and while they kept their undefeated season alive, they left somewhat disappointed with the outcome. The Lady Gens finished the regular season 6-0-2 with a 2-2 tie with Lamothe-Cadillac.

Madison Salvati and Vanessa Pidutti scored the goals for General Amherst.

Coach Mark Sweet said it was a harder than anticipated game for the Lady Gens.

“I think that’s a clear example of overconfidence,” he said.

Kennedy Gault boots the ball up the field during General Amherst’s game against Lamothe-Cadillac last Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Gens had to settle for a 2-2 tie in that game but their first playoff game was a 1-0 win over the Essex Red Raiders.

Sweet pointed out they still came out of the game undefeated but noted they were sluggish and slow to the ball at times against Lamothe-Cadillac.

“We were very reactive instead of proactive,” he said.

The Lady Gens made about three key mistakes, Sweet added, and two of them ended up in the net.

General Amherst’s Halle Higgins (right) brings the ball up the field during last Tuesday’s game at the Libro Centre against Lamothe-Cadillac. The Lady Gens settled for a 2-2 tie but rebounded with a 1-0 win over Essex two days later in their first playoff game.

“You win as a team and you lose as a team,” he added.

General Amherst opened the playoffs at home two days later against the visiting Essex Red Raiders. Amherst recorded a 1-0 win with Jenna Fiala scoring the game’s only goal. They advanced to play the Sandwich Sabres with that game being played in LaSalle this past Tuesday afternoon.

Bulldogs drop three games on the diamond last week

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs returned to their home diamond Monday afternoon but came up on the short end of a 10-3 decision.

The Bulldogs boys baseball team lost to the St. Joseph Lasers at the Libro Centre, snapping a two-game winning streak. General Amherst competes in the WECSSAA Bertoia Division.

General Amherst’s Trent Kelly (right) awaits a throw at the plate as a St. Joseph runner tries to score.

Kyle Drouillard, who was in his second game with the Bulldogs, said he thought the team played fairly well. The pitching was decent in the game but Drouillard believed the Bulldogs had to do a better job fielding and driving in runs when given the opportunity.

“I thought we could have hit a little bit better with runners in scoring position,” he said.

Drouillard added they “threw the ball around a lot” and that is something they have to get better at. Cutting down on their errors, combined with focusing harder and cashing in more runs, will lead to future success, Drouillard believed.

“It’s simple stuff we have to work on,” said Drouillard.

Third basemen Sebastien Hebert throws to first during May 7 action against St. Joseph.

General Amherst has two other games last week, both on the road. They were in Lakeshore last Wednesday for a game against the Belle River Nobles but lost 13-0 in a game that ended via the mercy rule. Their game last Thursday against the Riverside Rebels went down as a 10-0 loss but was actually a forfeit as the Bulldogs did not have enough players.

General Amherst’s record stood at 2-5 after last week’s action.

AMBA hosts pee wee travel baseball tournament

By Jonathan Martin

 

The Amherstburg Minor Baseball Association peewee travel tournament’s final game has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The game, which was originally scheduled for this past Sunday, hadn’t been given a new time at time of writing.

It will see the Amherstburg Cardinals mixed major take on the Essex Yellow Jackets.  Convener Bert Schipper said the baseball diamonds had been completely saturated with rainwater, so there was no choice but to pull the plug and try again later.

Over the weekend, peewee players from across Essex County and up to Richmond Hill took to Centennial Park’s fields.  Participating teams included LaSalle, Amherstburg Major, Amherstburg Minor, Essex and Richmond Hill.

The Amherstburg Cardinals pee wee baseball team were one of the participants in the recent tournament the Amherstburg Minor Baseball Association hosted.

According to convener Bert Schipper, this is the first time in around a decade Amherstburg has hosted a Baseball Ontario-sanctioned travel tournament.

“This is an opportunity for me to learn and get good at it,” he said.  “We have the provincial championships for Bantam C coming to the Libro (Centre) on Labour Day weekend.”

Schipper said hosting tournaments in the town benefits everyone.

“It brings people in and it brings business in,” he said.  “Especially for the teams’ sponsors, who are all local businesses.”

He added that this is the first time in more than a decade that Amherstburg will host the Bantams.  “I’m glad I have this tournament to warm up,” he said.

Unfortunately, no amount of practice can hold off rain.