Parker dominates in Bantam Cards loss

By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Bantam Cardinals took to the new premiere diamond for the first time Friday evening.

The Bantam Cards were looking for the first win on the new diamond since the season opened over a week ago. However that elusive first is still up for grabs as the Bantams lost a closely contested 3-1 game to McGregor.

Eric Parker took the mound and turned in a great performance, pitching six strong innings, striking out 11 batters, giving up only three hits, walking one and no earned runs.

Eric Parker pitched six innings while striking out 11 batters in the 3-1 loss to McGregor Friday evening.

Parker was helping his own cause in the first inning by driving in Cory Burns with a triple to left-center field with one out. However, McGregor struck out the next two batters, leaving Parker stranded on third.

McGregor would draw even with the Bantam Cards in the top of the third when a run came across the plate because of a throwing error. Another Amherstburg error would lead to another run in the fourth and gave McGregor a 2-1 lead.

Amherstburg had troubles getting their offense going as they managed only two hits in the final four innings of play.

McGregor added their third run in the top of the seventh.

The Bantam Cardinals showed life in the bottom of the seventh when Ryan Wismer reached on base with a base on balls. After stealing second and moving up to third, McGregor thwarted an Amherstburg comeback by striking out the next two batters.

“That was a really good game,” said manager Kris Meloche. “They had good pitching and we had good pitching. You take away the errors and it’s a 1-1 game.”

Meloche said he saw some things on the defensive side that he liked and mentioned that they still have a few things to work on.

“They (McGregor) played well today. They have a good ball club over there,” said Meloche.

Meloche noted that it was a shame not to see Parker pick up the win after pitching a “great game.”

“If we get down defensively, we are going to win games,” said Parker. “It was a little frustrating but I have no doubt we’ll get there.”

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