Jr. Cardinals drop both games in Sunday doubleheader

 

By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Jr. Cardinals dismal season continued, dropping a doubleheader against Riverside Sunday afternoon at the UCCU Complex.

The Jr. Cards were mercyed in the first game 11- and lost the second 8-9.

Mike Montagano took the mound for the home team and held his own until the third inning, where Riverside cashed in four runs on three doubles.

Riverside added four more in the fourth innings and three in the fifth to complete the mercy.

Although the weather may have been scorching, the Jr. Cardinals’ bats were kept cool, recording only three hits.

“I thought Mike pitched a good game,” said manager Tim Vigneux. “They (Riverside) just hit the holes. We

Cardinals second baseman Scott Mortimier falls backwards as he catches a pop fly.

couldn’t get anything going offensively. Credit their pitcher for keeping us off balance.”

“They (Riverside) were hitting the ball hard today,” said Montagano. “When they are hitting the gaps like they were, there is nothing you can do about that.”

Vigneux said the Jr. Cards have faced many quality pitchers in the last few games and their offense has struggled because of it.

“It seems like we cant get all the hits at the right times,” he said.  “We seem to get in the right position, we’re just missing that extra hit.”

Montagano admits the Jr. Cards aren’t a strong team but has a reputation of giving teams fits in the later round.

“We didn’t do a good job of fighting back today but this team has a lot of fight in them and we usually come strong in the later innings,” he said.

Although the Jr. Cards have only one win on the season, Vigneux said the players always come to the ball diamond willing to give a full effort and ready to play.

“Everyone keeps it fun,” said Vigneux. “We pull together even in the losses. We just keep our heads up and keep going at it.”

In the second game the Jr. Cards shook off the stigmga of game one and turned in a stellar performance, however fell just short of their second victory of the season, losing 9-8.

“I think we proved to ourselves that we can be very competitive in this league. If we hit the ball like we did in the second game,” said first baseman Frank Rosati

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