Orioles end Sr. Cardinals winning streak

By Joel Charron

The hot, humid weather seemed to cool the jets of the Amherstburg Senior Cardinals.

The Sr. Cards fell 6-2 to the Woodslee Orioles on a steamy Sunday afternoon at the United Communities Credit Union Complex’s premier diamond.

Woodslee held the hot hitting Amherstburg squad to only seven hits during seven innings, as the Orioles pitching kept the Cards lineup in check for the majority of the game.

“We ran into a good pitcher,” said Sr. Cards manager Ken Thrasher. “Good pitching will stop hitting any day of the week.”

Sr. Cardinals pitcher Quintin Harris winds up and delivers the ball to home plate. Harris got roughed up on the mound, giving up five runs, including two home runs.

Quintin Harris got the nod for the home team and looked good in the early stages of the game, despite allowing a run in the first inning off a sacrifice fly.

The Sr. Cards had an opportunity to get back that first inning run with leadoff batter Bryce Penny made his way to third base, however the red and white were unable to drive him in.

Amherstburg would redeem themselves in the second inning when Mike “Junior” Purdie’s single drove in Trevor Mulder to tie the game at 1-1.

In the top of the third inning Woodslee pounded the Cardinals from three runs, including a home run that sailed over the right field fence, giving the Orioles a 4-1 lead.

Mulder would cut the lead in half, as he was able to score in the fourth inning off a Woodslee throwing error at first base.

That would be the closest the Cardinals would get.

Woodslee blasted a solo home run in the fifth and scored an insurance run in the seventh, as the Orioles cruised to a 6-2 win.

To add salt in the wound, the Cards may have lost Harris for the season to a knee injury suffered late in the game.

As Harris attempted to steal second base the speedy Cardinal pulled up. Harris said his right knee buckled as he attempted to stop and sent him tumbling over second base.

“I just felt a pop,” he said.

The extend of the injury is unknown.

Although the Cardinals lineup was kept in check, Thrasher believed his squad played a good game and refused to use the heat as an excuse for the loss.

“I’m sure he heat is wearing and tearing on everyone, but they’re playing in the heat too,” he said. “The last couple of days it’s been sweltering and the guys have played well. I don’t want to use the heat as a factor.”

Penny said it was just one of those games where the Cardinals couldn’t find the ball.

“We didn’t hit the ball at the right time,” said Penny. “We didn’t cash in some key runs. A couple of hits in certain situations and this game has a different outcome but that’s baseball.”

The Sr. Cardinals are back at home on Wednesday night against the home rival Jr. Cardinals.

Just two weeks ago the Juniors pulled out a 4-3 come from behind win.

“They talked about bragging rights, so we’ll see who has the bragging rights after Wednesday,” joked Thrasher.

Game time is 7 p.m. at the premier diamond.

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