Junior Cardinals steal win from Senior Cardinals

By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Jr. Cardinals’ motto all season has been “never give up.”

On Thursday night, the motto paid off as the Jr. Cardinals came from behind in the late innings to steal a 4-3 win away from their rivals, the Amherstburg Sr. Cardinals.

“We have never given up all year,” said Jr. Cards manager Wayne Vigneux.

Adam Ouellette took the mound for the Sr. Cards and the Juniors handed the ball to Mike Montagano.

There wasn’t much to cheer about in the first half of the game for either team. Ouellette and Montagano both kept the lineups quiet with a good mixture of pitches.

The Seniors were the first to get on board when Mark Beaudoin drove in Trevor Mulder with an RBI single in the top of the fourth inning.

The Jr. Cards would see the hole get deeper in the top half of the next inning when Mac Ouellette’s sacrifice fly to left field scored Nick Price.

Junior Cardinals third baseman Ryan Linton awkwardly stretches out for a catch in foul territory during Thursday’s bout against the Senior Cardinals

Mulder would add his own RBI to the score sheet in the top of the sixth, driving in Justin Wood with a single.

Leading up to the bottom of the sixth inning the Sr. Cards held the Juniors to only three hits and faced a 3-0 deficit with six outs remaining.

Jr. Cards Dom Malfara led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, followed by a Matt Bassingaight walk. A Mike McNorgan single gave the Jr. Cards bases loaded with no out.

The Seniors got Mike Desjardins to fly out, however, Tim Vigneux slapped a two-run double and an error allowed McNorgan to cross the plate and tie the game at 3-3.

The Jr. Cards would take the lead a few pitches later when Montagano just beat the throw to home plate on a wild pitch.

“I got a late jump on a passed ball and just got under the tag,” said Montagano. “ I kind of looked like a beached whale with that slide into home.”

The Seniors seemed as if they were going to rally with runners on the corners, however Montango put an exclamation mark on his complete game performance by striking out Price.

“I thought we didn’t have enough in us when we were down 3-0 but, our bats finally came alive in the sixth inning,” said Montagano.

“These boys wanted it. You always want to beat your other home team,” said Vigneux. “Little brother took it to big brother.”

Sr. Cards Beaudoin said the Seniors just lost their focus.

“We got to come out and play seven innings of ball,” he said. “It doesn’t matter who you’re playing or what park you’re playing you have to play seven innings.”

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