Midget Cards close out home schedule with 8-4 win


By Joel Charron


The Amherstburg Cardinals midget baseball team finished off their last home game of the season like they have all year, with a come from behind win.

Midget CardinalsAfter falling behind 4-0 to the Essex Yellow Jackets, the midget Cardinals woke up in time to power their way to a 9-4 victory Sunday evening at the United Communities Credit Union Complex premiere diamond Sunday evening.

Essex tagged Amherstburg for four runs in the first two innings with Cardinals starter Brendan Renaud on the mound.

“It’s always the firsts two innings where we make our errors. I don’t know what is up with that but it seems to happen every game,” said Amherstburg’s Derek Matte.

Chris Wismer sparked the Cardinals offense in the third inning by belting a double to left field and then later scored Amherstburg’s first run, scoring on a wild pitch.

After reliever Justin Garbutt closed the door on the Yellow Jackets’ offense, Amherstburg went to work at the plate, driving in four runs in the fourth inning.

Travis Neufeld, Garbutt and Matte each picked up a RBI with a single and Wismer added the fourth run with his second double of the day.

Jackson Hills and Renaud added to the lead with RBI singles in the fifth.

Essex scored a run in the sixth inning to cut into the 7-5 lead, however Matte drove in his second run of the game and scored another run on an Essex error to round out the scoring.

“I was furious about how we started the game. I don’t know what the heck we were playing,” said Cardinals manager Kris Meloche. “But they pulled it out, that’s how they play. When they get challenged, they rise to the occasion.”

Matte said he’s not sure why the Cardinals always start sluggish but is quick to point out when Amherstburg turns on the switch, they can beat any team they play.

“When we start playing at 100 per cent we just start winning,” he said.

Meloche praised Garbutt for coming into the game 4-0 and shutting the door on Essex.

“Garbutt has a gun for an arm,” said Meloche. “He’s really turning some heads this season.”

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