Midget Cards move to 5-0 after impressive win


By Joel Charron

Sometimes all you need is a little spark to get things going. For the Amherstburg Midget Cardinals, that spark came in a form of a Cory Burns fielder’s choice RBI in the fourth inning that jolted the Midget Cardinals back into their Sunday evening game against the visiting Wyoming (Ontario) Wranglers at the United Communities Credit Union Complex premiere diamond.

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I don’t know what it was but the boys just weren’t into the game,” said Amherstburg manager Kris Meloche. “The errors we were committing weren’t our style of baseball.” Meloche added that once Wyoming jumped out to the 2-0 lead, his squad “woke up and got their head in the game.” “Once they got behind, they knew they were in a game,” he said.

Burns was once again brilliant on the mound, shutting down the Wyoming bats after the second inning and leading the charge with his RBI in the fourth. In the fifth, Chris Wismer’s two-run single gave the Cardinals a 3-2 lead. Marshall Laing and Derek Matte each picked up a RBI single in the sixth to extend Amherstburg’s lead to 5-2. Burns crushed the hope of a late inning comeback by striking out the side in the seventh inning.

“Things just weren’t working for us in the beginning,” said Burns. “We were making stupid errors, our bats were going but we’re a good team and stuck with it and fought through it.” Burns said he credits Meloche and third base coach Todd Goodchild for keeping the dugout calm in the early stages to the game.

Meloche pointed out a lot of the players know how to win games. “A lot of these players won an OBA championship with the Bantam team last year,” he said. “They know how to win, sometimes it takes a little longer for the engine to get started.”

Meloche also added the midgets aren’t the only Amherstburg baseball team that have gotten off to a hot start. The Rookie Cardinals are 3-1, the Mosquito Cards are 4-2, the Peewee Cards are 7-3 and the Bantam Cards are 3-0. “Amherstburg baseball is no joke,” he said. “I’m so proud of baseball in this town. We are doing it.” The Midget Cardinals are on the road for the next three games but return to their home diamond Sunday, June 30 at 6 p.m.

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