Midget Cardinals open season with pair of home wins

 

By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Cardinals midget baseball team couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season.

Midget Cardinals

Amherstburg scored a run in the first three innings off a Marshall Laing single in the first while Riley Meloche drove in the second run with a single and a runner scored on a passed ball in the third.

With a 3-0 lead the Cardinals bats went cold. However, what they lacked at the plate, starter Chris Wismer made up for on the mound. Wismer kept the Rangers scoreless through six innings, but began to fatigue in the seventh inning and left a few runners on base before Meloche took over in relief.

Three costly Amherstburg errors resulted in three Tecumseh runs and sent the game into extra innings where Tecumseh scored a run off a single to centre field and led 4-3 heading into the home half of the inning. With runners on third and second, Tecumseh intentionally walked Laing to give the Cardinals bases loaded with Wismer up to bat. The move proved costly for the Rangers as Wismer laced a deep fly ball over the head of the left fielder as two runs came to score.

“I was a little nervous I was going to strike out but when I saw that ball come straight down the middle, nice and slow. I just swung the bat and hoped for the best,” said Wismer.

Wismer added he was proud of his teammates for not losing focus when Tecumseh tied the game in the seventh and the lead in the eighth.

“I’m glad we didn’t back down,” said Wismer. “It shows we have a lot of character. This is definitely going to give us confidence going forward.”

Manager Kris Meloche said all though the midget team is stocked with arms, hitting will be an Achilles Heel. “I’m a little worried about our bat, I’m not going to lie but our pitching and defense we are going to be very solid,” he said.

“Right now we only have three bats in the lineup that are doing it for us.”

Meloche added the healthy mix of versatile players midget Cardinals should be an excited team to watch. “This is a very strong group of players,” he said. “What ever they want to classify as, we are going to play and I expect them to complete very well.”

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