Jr. Cards first travel team to play on new diamond

By Joel Charron

In front of a handful of people, history was made Friday evening.

The first Amherstburg Cardinals travel game was played on the new premiere diamond.

The game was to be played in Chatham, but because the field was deemed unplayable because of all the recent rain, the game was moved to Amherstburg, with Chatham given home team status.

Although the boys did everything they could to open the diamond with a win, the Amherstburg Jr. Cardinals fell to the Chatham Sr. 8-6.

History was made on Friday evening as the Jr.Cardinals were the first Amherstburg Minor Travel Baseball team to play on the new premiere diamond.

The Jr. Cards had trouble getting on base in the first four innings.   The opposing pitcher mowed down the home lineup, gathering 12 strikeouts and allowing only one base runner in four innings of work.

The Chatham lineup got to Cardinal pitcher Will Goudreau early, stinging him for six runs in the second inning and another run in the bottom of the third.

“The Chatham pitcher pitched a really good game,” said manager Wayne Vigueux.

With only six outs left in the game, the Jr. Cardinals bats came alive.

After Ryan Wilson and Alex Temesy reached on base with an error and a walk, respectively, Stephan Peticca recorded Amherstburg’s first official hit and RBI on the new diamond.

Peticca’s hit gave the Jr. Cards some hope. Dylan Reynolds drove in two runs with an RBI single and Ryan Linton added with a RBI of his own. The Jr. Cards trailed 7-6 heading into the bottom half of the inning, where Chatham added one more run for an 8-6.

“It felt really good to get the first hit on the diamond,” said Peticca.  “After I got that hit, we started getting runs. It really picked us up.”

The Jr. Cards mounted another comeback in the top of the seventh with runners on first and second with two out. Unfortunately, Cory Federico ground the ball to shortstop for the easy out.

“We made it a game,” said Vigueux. “The boys were a little nervous, but they came through and started swinging the bat.” Vigueux said with this being the first game, he’s “not one bit worried” about the teams hitting not coming alive until the last two innings.

“We’re still going to have a good year,” he said.

The Jr. Cards next home game is Sunday, May 15 at 4 p.m.

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