Midget Cardinals fighting through team adversity after shaky weekend



By Joel Charron


After a not so impressive weekend, manager Kris Meloche believes his Amherstburg Midget Cardinals is going through “that something” every good team goes through.

On Thursday, the Midget Cardinals hosted the LaSalle Titans in an exhibition in what Meloche said would be a barometer as to how good his team was.

Midgetcards WEBAlthough Amherstburg dropped the bout 10-4, Meloche said he was very pleased at what he saw.

“I think we can beat them,” he said. “That’s a good team over there. I like that need didn’t give and kept fighting for everything we got.”

The Midget Cards had a few days to relax before they were back at it Sunday evening against Chatham at the United Communities Credit Union Complex premiere diamond.

The Midget Cardinals seemed to still be relaxing at the start of the game, as five first inning errors gave Chatham a 4-0 lead. However, Amherstburg returned the favor, scoring four runs of their own thanks in part to a Ryan Giganc RBI single and a trio of Chatham errors.

Cory Burns came in for relief in the third innings seemed to be the difference maker.

Burns pitched four innings allowed two hits, no runs and stuck out eight.

Kyle Goodchild gave the Cardinals the lead with an RBI single in the third and a few more Chatham errors scored two more runs for a 7-4 lead for the home team.

In an inning of relief, Goodchild gave up a run but that would be as close as Chatham would get as Amhersttburg hung on for the win.

“We got down real quick but we didn’t hang our heads,” said Giganc who went four-for-four with an RBI. “We always battle”

Gignac said the cause of the slow start was due to everyone “being out of it” from the weekend.

“We weren’t really all that prepared I guess,” he said.

Gignac praised Burns for keeping the Chatham batters guessing at the plate.

“Burns always comes in and does a good job,” stated Gignac. “He’s not going to overpower anyone He moves the ball around, changes speed and gets good break on his pitches. He really shuts everyone down.”

Meloche said he’s happy his boys fought back after a rough start and pulled out the win but added he’s not happy with how his team has look the past few games.

“Good teams always go through something…I think this is our something,” said Meloche. “We’re trying to get it together. The best thing is the guys aren’t taking it out on each other.”



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