Midget Cards show heart in loss against Windsor

By Joel Charron

The season may not have gone the way the Amherstburg Midget Cardinals have like, but it seems that manager Bob Goggin has his boys peaking at the right time.

After defeating the league’s top team the previous week the Midget Cards pushed the leagues second best team, the Windsor Selects 16’s to the brink before falling to the Selects 1-0.

“I think we can play with these gusy and tonight we showed it,” said Goggin.

On his 18th birthday, Mitch Girard took the mound and pitched the best game of the season, giving up two hits and three walks against a very potent Windsor lineup.

“Mitch pitched a heck of a game, a two-hitter against a team like the Selects, what more can you ask for,” said Goggin.

Both pitchers gave their opponents lineup fits at the plate.

With both pitchers burning through the lineups, the game reached the sixth inning in just over an hour.

Hayden Martin swoops in the last minute for a low catch in right field.

Hayden Martin controlled the outfield, snagging any fly balls that floated into the outfield.

In the top of the sixth inning, Justin Garbutt, who played shortstop for the first time in three yeas, bobbled a grounder, allowing the running to reach first safety.

Windsor would advance their base runner to third and would cash in the run with a suicide squeeze to take a 1-0 lead.

With three out remaining, the Midget Cards’ Mike McNorgan blasted a leadoff triple to the right center field gap and gave the Cards some hope.

Windsor walked Martin, who then stole second base, putting  runners on second and third with no outs.

Garbutt would ground into a routine play to first and Frank Rosati and Luke Goggin both struck out to end the game.

“Any time you get close to a team like that you want to beat them but that’s good experience for us,” said Girard. “Come OBA time we are probably going to have a few games like that. All we can do is work at it and hopefully win next time.”

Although the game falls in the lose column, Girard said the loss is a morale victory.

“When we play good teams we play up to their level,” he said. “We have to work on maintaining that high level through the course of the game.”

McNorgan said after their performance against the leagues top two team, the Midget Cards have plenty to be confident about.

“We are finding ourselves as a team and working out the kinks in the game,” said McNorgan. “I think the future looks bright.”

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